April 5, 2013
Winners of the University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge Announced
Twenty student teams from Washington pitched their innovations at the University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge April 4, 2013, addressing energy, urban agriculture, recycling, built environment, and water-related problems with novel solutions.  Now in its fifth year, the Environmental Innovation Challenge focuses on the development of prototypes that solve today’s biggest environmental problems and have […]

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February 19, 2013
Green Community Initiative Financing
Businesses, community groups, nonprofits and government organizations can access low-interest financing for projects that conserve energy, water, and promote environmental sustainability through King County’s Green Communities Initiative-–the first program of its kind the state.  The first application reviews will take place on April 22, 2013.  The Green Community Initiative offers access to Qualified Energy Conservation […]

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February 15, 2013
LaserMotive Introduces First Product
LaserMotive, a company known for using lasers to transmit power through the air, is expanding to a new medium: fiber-optic cables. The system uses a laser to convert electricity into light for transmission over fiber optics. On the other end, a photovoltaic receiver converts light back into electricity.

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February 15, 2013
Governor Inslee Proposes Efforts to Improve the Business Climate and Expand Workforce
Governor Jay Inslee on February 13 introduced a plan to revitalize Washington’s economy, create jobs, and ensure there are workers with the knowledge and skills to fill the jobs. Proposed are efforts to: Work with legislators and stakeholders to craft a comprehensive, innovative transportation plan Pass tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans Create […]

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February 7, 2013
Gov. Inslee Tries To Bring Clean Energy Company to WA
Washington Governor Jay Inslee dashed off a hand-written note to the chief executive of clean energy company AMSC minutes after being sworn in last month, inviting the Massachusetts company to move to the Evergreen State. It was at least a symbolic gesture, underscoring Inslee’s commitment to building the state’s clean technology sector, a point he […]

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February 6, 2013
Pangea Blog: The Reports of Cleantech's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
The numbers are in, and they ain’t pretty. They tell us that 2012 represented the worst year for cleantech investment since the dark days of 2009.  Depending on whose numbers you accept, investments in cleantech declined 28%, from $4.6 billion in 2011 to $3.3 billion in 2012 (PWC Moneytree, or MT for short), or 29% […]

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February 5, 2013
Hydrovolts Introduces Commercial Turbine, Targets Wastewater Plants
As recently as a year ago, Seattle renewable energy startup Hydrovolts planned to sell its turbines primarily to irrigation districts for use in canals. But the company now sees a more promising initial market for a “waterfall turbine” that can be bolted onto systems within wastewater treatment plants and other industrial facilities. “We made that […]

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February 1, 2013
Cleantech Boosters Looking to Military for Leg Up
When you think of the clean energy economy, military barracks, and mortar launchers probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. But local clean energy boosters say the use of solar panels and biodiesel by the Department of Defense could be the key to getting more of these technologies off the ground.

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February 1, 2013
SnoPUD Working to Enhance Power Storage
Green power from windmills, water power, solar panels and tidal waves has a major problem. It’s often generated when it’s not needed, it’s needed when it can’t be generated, and it’s impossible to store in large amounts. Now the Snohomish County PUD has stepped up to launch a challenging new project focused on solving that […]

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