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Lifeguards on patrol at Christmas

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

BBC News

The RNLI’s only year-round lifeguards have spent their first Christmas working at Europe’s first artificial surf reef in Dorset.

Three lifeguards are providing cover at Boscombe beach throughout the festive season, including two on Christmas day.

Bournemouth Borough Council is funding the new year-round operation. RNLI lifeguards normally operate on beaches only until autumn.

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were also on standby across the Dorset coast.

Michael Winter, 27 and Andy Reakes, 23, are the lifeguards who were due to be on duty on Christmas Day.
Mr Winter said as he prepared for his shift: “We’re preparing for a busy time on Christmas day.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed for some surf and hopefully the reef will be working, but I am sure there will be plenty of people making the most of their day with the family and wanting to get into the water whatever the conditions.” (Full Article)

San Francisco group offers incentives to sign up for solar

Monday, December 21st, 2009

SF Gate – Tracey Taylor

The Copenhagen talks may have ended on a whimper, but that doesn’t mean we can’t individually continue to explore ways to extend the planet’s lifespan, even just a tad.

With such considerations in mind, One Block Off The Grid (1BOG) and groSolar are offering a discount to Bay Area homeowners over the next month to bite the bullet and install solar panels. At the same time, they are launching a pilot program with Solar Richmond which will provide 4-week vocational solar training and soft employment skills to low-income Bay Area residents for green-collar jobs. (Full Article)

Companies offer solar worker ‘sponsorship’

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

San Francisco Business Times – Staff

One Block Off the Grid, groSolar and Solar Richmond are offering solar customers an opportunity to sponsor a solar worker through Jan. 31.

Solar Richmond offers technical training to potential solar employees. Through the new program, residents interested in solar can make a tax-deductible $112 donation on top of their solar system costs to sponsor a graduate of Solar Richmond’s green jobs training course. That sponsored worker will get two days of hands-on training installing the customer’s solar system alongside solar installer groSolar. (Full Article)

Smartphones Driving Adoption of Mobile TV

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Cellular News

Consumer demand for mobile TV and VOD is being driven by the ability of smartphones to deliver personalised and targeted content that can be accessed immediately. ¬The recent Olswang ‘Digital Convergence’ Survey of UK consumers revealed that ownership of an iPhone encouraged 37% of users to substitute their home TV viewing by watching VOD services on their device.

MobiTV, a provider of live streaming and VOD services, believes that devices like the iPhone have transformed the experience of watching TV on a mobile handset and support the view that smart phones will continue to drive consumer adoption of mobile TV services. (Full Article)

In Time for the Holidays, Sometrics Unveils ‘Shop & Earn’ In-Game Shopping Feed

Monday, December 14th, 2009

NewsBlaze – Press Release

Consumers Earn Virtual Currency By Shopping Online, Publishers Gain New Revenue Channel

LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Sometrics ( today launched a new in-game Shop & Earn Shopping Feed that enables consumers to earn virtual currency for games when they make online purchases at select brand-name retailers. Shop & Earn helps consumer’s purchases go further while generating revenue for publishers of free-to-play games.

Much like earning airline miles or cash back when using a credit card, people playing participating games online can use the Sometrics Shop & Earn Shopping Feed to earn virtual currency for use within a participating online game, extending and enhancing their game play. Players looking to earn game currency simply click through the Shopping Feed to get to their favorite participating retailers, purchase products as they normally would, and watch their game credits increase. (Full Article)

groSolar Installs 100 kW Solar System on RSD Transportation & Warehouse Services

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Green Jobs – GroSolar Press Release

Largest Solar System in the upper CT River Valley

groSolar, a national leader in solar power with headquarters in Vermont, announced today completion of the largest solar power system in the Upper Valley on the roof of RSD Companies. The building is the location of groSolar’s White River Junction, Vt headquarters.

RSD Companies financed the 100 kw system through a 3rd party “power purchase agreement,” which gives the company stable long-term power costs and a greener building, without any up-front costs. The system should produce 120,000 kilowatt hours per year and will be net-metered to offset up to 20 percent of the power used by multiple tenants of the building, including groSolar. Net metering means that excess power will be sold back to the area utility: Green Mountain Power (GMP). (Full Article)

Copenhagen Takes to a New Breed of Mini-Windmill

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The New York Times – Natalia Rachlin

In front of City Hall here, three white cylindrical structures have recently been installed. They look like minimalist Danish sculpture, and their name, Windspires, evokes that as well.

But these are totally functional devices. The Windspire, brought to the market last year by the U.S. company Mariah Power, is a small, vertical-axis wind turbine. In a bid to introduce wind power into the cityscape and to raise public awareness of energy use, the utility company Dong Energy, 73 percent-owned by the Danish government, has acquired exclusive rights to sell it in Denmark. (Full Article)

Jeff & Dori Wolfe’s Excellent Adventure in Copenhagen

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – GroSolar

Couple hopes to make a climate difference while on vacation

Copenhagen/White River Jct., Vt. – When most people take vacation the idea is to escape, not to make a difference. Jeff and Dori Wolfe of White River Jct. are not “most people”.

They are the co-founders of groSolar, the nation’s fourth largest residential solar energy installer and nationwide distributer. Jeff and Dori will be “vacationing” in Copenhagen on the darkest month of the year. The main draw for the couple – the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

“We’re going to Copenhagen not simply to watch, but to move the world toward a sane climate policy. Taking vacation at a climate conference is not most people’s idea of fun, especially in Denmark in the winter, but Dori and I did not hesitate to commit to it,” said Jeff Wolfe.

The couple will be traveling as part of the delegation from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. national trade group for the solar power industry. SEIA has “party status” – meaning the organization has been nominated by the U.S. to participate in climate discussions at the conference. SEIA will be working with other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) during the conference. (Full Article)

Aravo Boosts Series D By $20M, Sees Revenue Doubling In 2010

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Dow Jones Financial Information Services – Scott Denne

With the worst of the economic crisis presumably behind it, Aravo Solutions Inc., a maker of supplier information management software, said it plans to double revenue next year after boosting its Series D round by $20 million.

Cisco Systems Inc. was the largest investor in the round, which now totals $27 million. Also participating were several new and existing investors, most of whom are current and former financial executives. Investors include Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.; Stephen Friedman, former chief executive of Goldman Sachs & Co.; and William Harrison, former CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Aravo closed on the first $7 million toward the round a year ago but “hit the pause button” when the financial crisis hit, said Tim Albinson, its CEO and founder. While waiting to wrap up the full round, which had a $25 million target, Cisco expressed an interest in investing and the company raised the remaining $20 million, Albinson said. (Full Article)

Aravo Closes $27 Million Series D Round with Cisco as New Strategic Investor

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Business Wire – Press Release

Aravo and Cisco to Power Next Generation of Enterprise Supplier Collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aravo today announced that it has closed a $27 million Series D financing round with Cisco as a new strategic investor and the largest participant in the round. In addition, Aravo announced that Cisco WebEx technologies will be integrated with Aravo Supplier Information Management (SIM) to facilitate real-time collaboration between buyers and suppliers.

The $27 million Series D financing brings Aravo’s total investment to $50 million. The Cisco strategic investment represents Aravo’s first institutional investment, with all prior financing provided by individuals. The majority of Aravo’s Series A, B, and C lead investors participated in round D, including Charles Schwab/Big Sky Partners (Chairman, Charles Schwab Corporation) and Stephen Friedman (former Chairman, Goldman Sachs). A select group of new investors also participated in the round, including William Harrison (former CEO/Chairman, JP Morgan Chase). (Full Article)

Aravo’s $27 Million Funding Round: A Few Thoughts on Its Market Implications

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Spend Matters – Jason Busch 

Earlier this morning, Aravo announced a $27 million funding round led by Cisco. While you can read the details of the funding round in the above-linked Spend Matters column — along with some thoughts from the transaction’s lead engineer, Aravo’s CEO Tim Albinson — I thought I’d take a few minutes in this post to share my analysis of what the funding round means for this sector. Perhaps most interesting on a superficial level is how with this round, Aravo appears to be migrating away from their supplier information management (SIM) positioning to what they describe as a broader approach to supplier collaboration that encompasses basic vendor management and vendor information management. Of course they summarize this in a three letter acronym — it must always be three letters, mustn’t it — as enterprise supplier collaboration. Or ESC for short. While this may have a certain branding ring to it, I’m not so sure that moving away from the concept of managing supplier information and leading with the notion of collaboration is the right approach in selling what Aravo does for procurement organizations. (Full Article)

Spend Ramblings: Aravo Raises $27 Million From Cisco and Others

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Spend Matters – Jason Busch

Later this morning, Aravo will announce that it has closed on its latest round of funding. For observers of our industry, this should provide significant validation that the demand for innovative procurement and supply-chain software remains healthy. Moreover, both the size of the round ($27 million) and the cache of the lead investor (Cisco) suggest that the growth prospects for at least one area of the Spend Management world might be significantly larger than many initially thought. The fact that the funding round happened in this environment, where large amounts of venture money are hard to come by at fast-growth start-up technology valuations, makes the investment and what it represents even more impressive. Altogether, Aravo has now raised $50 million in venture funding.

Cisco is not alone in supporting this deal: Many of Aravo’s earlier investors in their series A, B, and C rounds also participated in this round. Clearly, Tim Albinson, Aravo’s Founder and CEO, has got some good contacts in the investment arena, perhaps owing to his past stint as an investment banker at Goldman, not to mention the contacts he’s made in building out Aravo’s business. The individual investors in this round who also participated in earlier series funding include Charles Schwab/Big Sky Partners and Stephen Friedman (former Chairman of Goldman Sachs). (Full Article)

Cisco Leads $27 Million Round For Aravo

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Washington Post, Tech Crunch – Leena Rao

Aravo, a SAAS supplier chain management tool just raised a whopping $27 million in Series D funding led by Cisco, with other investors participating. In addition, Cisco’s web meeting and collaboration platform, WebEx, will be integrated with Aravo’s Supplier Information Management (SIM) to facilitate real-time collaboration between buyers and suppliers.

This latest investment brings Aravo’s total funding to $50 million. Investors that participated in the latest round include Big Sky Partners, Stephen Friedman and William Harrison. Aravo says the new funding will be used to develop new products and to expand sales, marketing, and delivery channels. As part of the agreement, Aravo will work closely with Cisco to power and enhance Cisco WebEx. Aravo’s software includes options to track ISO certifications, sustainability initiatives, and risk analysis. (Full Article)

Mariah Power Names Walt Borland President and CEO

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mariah Power – Press Release

Small Wind Company Prepares for Continued Growth of Windspire® Wind Turbines

RENO, NEVADA – Mariah Power, a small-wind company and developer of the Windspire wind turbine, today announced the appointment of Walt Borland as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Borland succeeds Mike Hess, who will assume the newly created role of Executive Advisor.

Borland is the former President and CEO of Advanced Data Exchange (ADX), a leading provider of supply chain integration services. Borland is also the executive director and founder of the Clean Energy Foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. (Full Article)

$68m in solar rebates goes fast

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Boston Globe – Erin Ailworth, Globe Staff

State readying new plan for Jan.

Massachusetts is burning through money for solar projects.

A $68 million state fund to provide sizable rebates to homeowners and business owners who install solar panels was expected to last three or four years. But the program – offering homeowners rebates that averaged more than $13,000 – proved so popular that the $68 million was tapped out in October, just 22 months after the program began.

Pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming demand, Massachusetts officials are developing a successor to the original program, dubbed Commonwealth Solar, and hope to have it ready by Jan. 1. Officials are trying to make the new subsidies as generous as the original ones. (Full Article)

Sometrics Solutions Help Boost Offer-Based Virtual Currency Revenue by More Than 30 Percent

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Business Exchange – Press Release

Optimization Techniques Help Game Publisher Streamline and Target Offer Presentation to Increase Rate of Completion in Excess of 15 Percent

BUSAN, South Korea–(Business Wire)– Sometrics ( has helped online hardcore gaming portal ( increase offer-based revenue by more than 30 percent by optimizing the way the website presents advertiser-based offers to its members. The companies made the announcement on the eve of Gstar, South Korea`s global video game industry event. enables players to earn G Coin, the portal`s currency used to make purchases in more than a dozen games housed on the site. By presenting users with offers to take specific actions that generate responses for advertisers – taking a survey, joining a book club or signing up for a subscription to Netflix, for example – lets gamers play for free, while the publisher generates advertising revenue. community members also have the option to purchase G Coin with cash, credit, PayPal, scratch cards and more. turned to Sometrics to help increase the rate at which users accept the offers and complete the actions to earn their currency. Initial results include a 15 percent increase in the rate of completion, and more than 30 percent increase in revenue to date. (Full Article)

groSolar Grows Cellular with eMOBUS Electronic Mobility Management

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

GroSolar – Press Release 

groSolar, One of the Nation’s Largest Solar Power Distributors, Chooses eMOBUS to Help Manage its Growing Fleet of Cellular Devices

White River Junction, VT – eMOBUS, Inc. a carrier agnostic provider of cellular management services and software, today announced that groSolar ( a leading national solar energy distributor/installer, is the latest mid-market company to go live with Electronic Mobility Management. After a successful account clean up and on-time implementation, the Electronic Mobility Management platform was deployed to ensure continuous account maintenance.

“Purchasing eMOBUS was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made,” claims Wayne St. Jacques, CIO – groSolar. “For less than we were originally paying the carriers, we gained better service and technology that allows us to free up internal resources for more important initiatives.” (Full Article)

Interview with Jeffery Wolfe, Founder and President of groSolar

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

B-Green Collaborative – Staff

The B-GC is pleased to present this interview with Jeffery Wolfe, Founder and President of groSolar, one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy installers in the United States. As he is also the Chair of the Photovoltaic Division of the Solar Energy Industry Association and a trained Al Gore speaker on climate change, Jeffrey has a wonderful perspective on the current state of the solar energy business and the major issues driving it.

B-GC: Can you start off by telling me a little bit about groSolar, the states it markets in, business strategies and plans for the future?

Jeffery Wolfe: groSolar provides photovoltaics and thermal solar through three channels – residential, commercial and distribution. For direct sales of residential and commercial systems, we are present in 12 states and D.C. We service California and all states on the northeast coast from New Hampshire down to Virginia. For commercial projects, we install everything from small to multi-MW systems. For the large projects, we will operate in any state. In our distribution channel we take our products and share them with smaller dealers throughout the country. Including distribution, we have a presence in every major solar market in the U.S. (Full Article)

Calculated innovation: Is there a post-recession payoff?

Friday, November 20th, 2009

CNN Money – Llana Westerman, CEO, Create with Context

Many companies remain shell-shocked from the past 18 months of economic disaster. As such, innovation – despite its potential rewards – is not exactly in fashion right now.

Though gurus like Jim Collins and others extol the virtues of using the downturn to capitalize on market opportunities or a competitor’s weakness, companies today are more likely to take a wait-and-see approach to innovation: “Look for the quick bucks and the low-hanging fruit,” you might say to your management team.

But wait a minute: why not invest in innovation? And I’m not talking about focus groups and customer feedback surveys and Friday afternoon brainstorming sessions. (Full Article)

InsideView Disrupts Legacy Business Info Publishers Like Hoover’s

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

BNet – David Weir

When you hear that print publishers are in trouble these days, probably the first industry segments you think of are newspapers, magazines, and maybe books.
But many different publishing niches that have operated profitably for decades are now coming under withering assault by new technologies, new business models, and aggressive new competitors.

Take the staid old business information segment. There was a time that all you needed was your Hoover’s, your Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), and access to the latest SEC filings in order to keep up on the various companies on your radar screen.

Those days are gone.

While wandering around this week’s “DreamForce” event in San Francisco, which is the annual event hosted by, and contemplating how cloud computing is sweeping the planet, I asked Rand Schulman, the Chief Marketing Officer of InsideView, to explain to me what companies like his are doing to take on the legacy business information segment of the publishing industry. (Full Article)

China pushes solar, wind power development

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

USA Today – Julie Schmit

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The world’s solar companies gathered here recently amid the nation’s largest solar market under a brilliant sun – and the looming shadow of China.

China leads the world in making solar cells, the key component in solar panels, many of which are exported to the U.S.

But China is setting itself up to do more than just manufacture components for renewable energy, such as wind and solar. It’s also spending heavily to build its own domestic market as it attempts to battle its greenhouse gas emissions, electrify its nation of 1.3 billion people and curb its massive pollution problem. (Full Article)

Linkage Biosciences Unveils LinkSeqTM — a Revolutionary New Tool for Immunogenetic Testing

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Marketwire – Press Release

Accurate, Easy and Faster Than Other HLA Testing Methods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – November 18, 2009) – Linkage Biosciences, Inc., a privately held molecular diagnostics company, recently unveiled LinkSeqTM — a new one-step method for Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) testing — at the annual meeting of the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) in San Francisco. Much faster than other HLA testing methods currently available, LinkSeqTM is a proprietary sequence-specific priming (SSP) chemistry that can be analyzed utilizing real-time PCR platforms.

“Lab professionals have been waiting for a faster method of HLA testing for years and we’re excited to be able to offer a solution that not only saves precious time and labor, but also uses equipment that many labs already own, eliminating upfront costs,” said Zachary Antovich, President and CEO of Linkage Biosciences. “We are very pleased by the positive reaction from leading medical labs to the LinkSeqTM product line and look forward to helping them achieve their goals. We are addressing a significant market opportunity for HLA testing, estimated to be in excess of $270 million globally.” (Full Article)

Social Media Key to Better Sales

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Market Wire – Press Release

InsideView to Host Panel at Dreamforce ’09,’s User and Developer Conference, on Breakthrough Sales Productivity and Performance Secrets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – November 18, 2009) – Dreamforce Conference — Why is a LinkedIn update crucial to closing a big sale? How can a single tweet offer a new lead? And how does Salesforce CRM capture it? Find out at Dreamforce ’09,’s user and developer conference, which kicks off today in San Francisco. InsideView invites businesses to attend its exciting sales productivity session to learn about the groundbreaking ways that companies are leveraging social media within their Salesforce CRM to drive higher volume, higher value and higher velocity sales. (Full Article)


Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

InsideView – Press Release

InsideView Smart CloudTM delivers account hierarchy information to SalesView customers at no additional cost

San Francisco, CA (Marketwire – November 17, 2009) – InsideView today announced that it is making corporate family tree information available within SalesView, InsideView’s award-winning Sales Intelligence solution. SalesView discovers sales opportunities across both emerging social media and traditional editorial sources, and presents them natively within CRM applications for optimum usability. Corporate family trees, which paint a more complete picture of account opportunity across all related businesses and enable customers to stay up-to-date with changes in corporate structure, are the latest addition to the rich intelligence delivered by SalesView. Legacy sales data providers have traditionally charged steep licensing fees to access this data, which is highly valued by sales organizations for territory planning, account planning, as well as identification of cross-sell and upsell opportunities. Now SalesView customers will enjoy unlimited access to corporate family tree information at no additional cost. (Full Article)

groSolar Grows Cellular with eMOBUS Electronic Mobility Management

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

GroSolar – Press Release groSolar, One of the Nation’s Largest Solar Power Distributors, Chooses eMOBUS to Help Manage its Growing Fleet of Cellular Devices

White River Junction, VT – eMOBUS, Inc. a carrier agnostic provider of cellular management services and software, today announced that groSolar ( a leading national solar energy distributor/installer, is the latest mid-market company to go live with Electronic Mobility Management. After a successful account clean up and on-time implementation, the Electronic Mobility Management platform was deployed to ensure continuous account maintenance.

“Purchasing eMOBUS was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made,” claims Wayne St. Jacques, CIO – groSolar. “For less than we were originally paying the carriers, we gained better service and technology that allows us to free up internal resources for more important initiatives.” (Full Article)

Tracking A Million Conversations

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Forbes – Dan Woods

New technologies that helps businesses monitor social media

Social media allows anyone to say anything they want and have it broadcast across the globe. Most of the time our conversations simmer in obscurity and then drift off into the nothingness of digital archives. But some ideas boil over. Perhaps United Airlines broke your guitar or you had an idea about Chad Vader, Darth’s younger brother. When such thoughts propagate and capture the attention of millions of people, they change perceptions. From a business point of view, these opinions and ideas can become the equivalent of marketing campaigns that would cost millions of dollars.

Marketing and media relations professionals are now tasked with tracking millions of conversations, keeping an eye on which ideas are growing in influence, and then determining how to respond. But social media is not just about media anymore. The way the customer service is delivered, the way sales and hiring prospects are evaluated, and the techniques for product development are all being transformed. (Full Article)

Angel Investors Point to the Stars

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Public News Service, CADeb Courson

WASHINGTON – A group of “angel investors” meets today in Washington, D.C., to salute some California companies and others that have found a different way to do business – a way in which everyone can win.

Deb Parsons is the co-director of the country’s largest such group, Investors’ Circle, made up of individuals willing to loan money to promising entrepreneurs who show a dual commitment: to financial success, and to the needs of employees, suppliers, communities and the environment.

“They’re looking at, not just the shareholder, but also all of their stakeholders and how they have a positive impact on that whole group.”

This year’s “IC-20” list of socially responsible companies represents a diverse range of products and services, from California’s Niman Ranch and Marrone Natural Pest Control, to makers of countertops and renewable energy technology. (The complete list can be viewed online at (Full Article)

Going green in Greenwich

Friday, November 13th, 2009 – Thomas Dimopoulus

GREENWICH — Heidi Knecht-Seegers has made a lot of new friends in the past four weeks. “People stop me at the store. They stop me downtown. Last week I was stopped at the vets office when I brought the cat in,” she said.

Knecht-Seegers has lived in her Main Street home that is bordered by a white picket fence for the past 20 years with her husband, Paul, and the couple’s three children.

Suddenly, the home is bringing some unexpected attention to the family. The source of the popularity among area residents is the 26 solar panels that the Seegers’ installed last month on the roof of their 150-year-old home, that doubles as Paul Seegers’ chiropractic offices.

“I didn’t realize they were so visible but people are very excited about it,” said Knecht-Seegers, who works as a Realtor. (Full Article)

North River sanctuary adds solar panels

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Wicked Local Duxbury – Micah Flores

Marshfield – Mass Audubon’s North River Wildlife Sanctuary site in Marshfield just got a little more environmentally friendly.

A recently installed set of solar arrays will now generate all of the electricity for the offices and maintenance barn located on the Main Street site.

“As an environmental organization, we’re trying to be responsible and let people know there are things they can do,” said South Shore Sanctuaries Director Sue MacCallum. “We’re working hard to reduce our carbon footprint and to be more green.”

The cost of the buildings’ annual electric bill, which averages out at about $3,000, will now help pay for the remaining price of the arrays.

“The gross cost is probably $80,000,” said Dan Porrazzo of groSolar, the company that installed the panels. “About 45 percent is covered by rebate.” (Full Article)

DIY Diesel

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Monterey County Weekly – Melissa Cessna

Local visionaries design a mini fuel refinery with big possibilities.

Tucked away behind an unmarked door in a hangar behind the Marina Municipal Airport resides a grease-smeared contraption small enough fit on a forklift – a peculiar maze of coils, pipes and gauges – that looks equipped for alien contact.

Besides adrenaline junkies en route to neighboring Skydive of Monterey Bay, not many have set eyes on this mechanical miscellany. If they did, they probably didn’t realize that they were looking at a reactor that produces pure diesel fuel made entirely of plants in an unprecedented way.

Peterson Conway hopes this tiny reactor will help start a boom that will change the very production and sourcing of renewable fuels. (Full Article)


Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

NetSuite – Press Release

Built on the SuiteCloud Platform, InsideView for NetSuite Integrates Social Intelligence into Core Business Processes

San Francisco, Calif. – InsideView, a Sales 2.0 leader, and NetSuite (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computing business software suites, today announced InsideView for NetSuite, the first Social Intelligence application to bring social media to both CRM and ERP, optimizing core business processes that are essential to driving the success or failure of every business. InsideView for NetSuite now allows NetSuite users to have instant access to relevant intelligence harvested from emerging social media, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Jigsaw and NetProspex, as well as editorial sources, such as Thomson Reuters and Capital IQ (a Standard & Poor’s Company), directly within NetSuite, empowering users to significantly improve business efficiencies across sales, marketing, billing, procurement, and HR operations. (Full Article)

SolarCity Aims to make solar power more affordable

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

USA Today – Julie Schmit

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – Lyndon Rive, a former member of the U.S. National Underwater Hockey team, didn’t have a mother who doted on him.

She worked until 11 p.m. most nights and didn’t go to his boyhood sporting events.

CORPORATE PULSE: Executive Suite front page

Yet, Rive considers her the “best mother in the world” and not because she retired at age 45 as a millionaire. “She always supported me in whatever I wanted to do,” Rive says.

That turns out to have been a good choice.

Rive, 32, is now CEO and co-founder of SolarCity, which in three years has grown to become a leading residential solar installer in California, the nation’s largest solar market. (Full Article)

School Colors: Green and Greener

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The New York Times – Lisa Prevost

(HAMDEN) In an unusual project that renders technology as art, a new park for students living at the York Hill campus of Quinnipiac University features an array of wind turbines intended to project serenity while producing energy.

Perhaps the first significant wind installation on an American college campus, Quinnipiac’s “wind garden” is free of propellers and their objectionable whoosh. Each of its 25 upright cylindrical turbines is encircled by a vertically aligned apparatus that spins slowly and in virtual silence.

Called Windspires, the sleek turbines are clustered together on a mound, at heights of 35 to 45 feet, creating a kinetic sculpture garden that will eventually be planted with grass and filled with comfortable seating. The futuristic display is the most prominent feature on the partially completed campus, a symbol of the green ethic guiding the campus design, said John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac’s president. (Full Article)

Will Oregon become a leader in solar power?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 – SHERRI BURI McDONALD, The Eugene Register-Guard

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Uni-Chem, the South Korean company that wants to start making solar cells in the Hynix plant in west Eugene, is just the latest in a string of foreign companies that are coming to Oregon to seek their solar fortune.

A half-dozen solar companies, including firms based in Germany and Japan, already have landed in Oregon, and more are circling the state.

These companies have caught the scent of a monumental market opportunity. Solar industry experts say the United States is poised to become the world’s largest market for photovoltaic panels.

That prediction is backed up by a stack of federal, state and local incentives to encourage Americans to install solar panels on their rooftops, and by the growing list of states, including Oregon, requiring utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources, such as solar. (Full Article)


Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

InsideView – Press Release

Data accuracy and relevancy, access to social connections as well as native CRM integrations named as primary drivers for migration to SalesView

San Francisco, CA (Marketwire – November 4, 2009) – InsideView today revealed a significant business trend in how companies are changing their approach to their overall sales process, as it announced that hundreds of companies are switching from legacy sales data providers to InsideView’s Sales 2.0-powered Sales Intelligence solution. SalesView, InsideView’s award-winning Sales Intelligence application, discovers sales opportunities across both traditional editorial sources and emerging social media and presents them natively within CRM applications for optimum usability. Customers’ decisions to switch from legacy sales data providers, such as Hoover’s and OneSource, to SalesView were primarily driven by their need to improve the overall quality, relevance and usability of intelligence used by their sales organizations. SalesView customers are achieving higher sales productivity, identifying additional customer engagement opportunities as well as realizing broader CRM adoption across their sales teams. (Full Article)

Sometrics Names Industry Veteran Steve Schepke Vice President, Business Development

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Casual Connect – Press Release

Company Aggressively Grows Its Market Presence Among Publishers of Online Games and Virtual Worlds

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 30, 2009) – Sometrics (, which provides online publishers with solutions to maximize revenue from virtual currency, today announced that interactive marketing veteran Steve Schepke has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. The company made the announcement from the Virtual Goods Summit, held in San Francisco today.

“Steve’s extensive experience in interactive sales and online marketing will be an asset as we step up our outreach to publishers of virtual worlds and casual, social and MMO online games,” said Ian Swanson, Sometrics co-founder and CEO. “He has proven his ability to bring in new customers, enhance existing customer relationships and manage teams for optimal success. We’re thrilled that he’s joining Sometrics.” (Full Article)

How to Get Noticed: A Solar Industry Quandary

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

GreentechSolar – Ucilia Wang

Executives from Sharp, groSolar, SunPower, among others, discuss how their industry could get more attention from consumers and D.C.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Convincing consumers and the government to investment in solar, widening product offerings and finding the right partners are some of the tips from executives who gathered at Solar Power International on Thursday to discuss their strategies for growth.

The title was “How to Survive the Solar Shakeout,” but the discussion among executives from FAFCO, groSolar, Sharp, SunPower and Suntech Power also touched on challenges faced by the solar industry as a whole.

The challenges, mainly, deal with how to make a compelling case for solar in the minds of consumers and political leaders. (Full Article)

NBA Brings League Pass To iPhone, Android; Out-Of-Market Package Runs $40

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MocoNews.Net – Staci D. Kramer

The NBA is the latest league to launch live audio and video mobile apps-and the first to do it across multiple platforms at the same time. The apps include $40 NBA League Pass Mobile, with 40-plus out-of market games a week via mobiTV, that is supposed to go on sale in the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace this morning, with BlackBerry to follow. NBA Digital GM Bryan Perez told mocoNews the league hopes to add in-market packages: “At some point, we will want to try and do a local in-market mobile package, coordinating with teams and regional sports networlks .” NBA Digital and MobiTV will share revenues or, as Perez puts it, “we both have a vested interest in signing up as many as possible.” (Full Article)

Cutting the Fat, and Cost, Out of Solar

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Greentech Solar – Michael Kanellos

Lose the rack, says Zep Solar. Where is that confounded module?

There’s a lot of metal in a solar array that doesn’t need to be there, as far as Zep Solar is concerned.

The company, which spun out of High Sun Engineering, has come up with a mounting system that eliminates a significant amount of the racking required to erect a solar system and in turn lowers the cost. Zep claims it can trim the price of a solar system by 50 to 80 cents per watt, a sizeable discount. A University of California study stated that residential solar cost $5.40 a watt after installation and incentives in 2008 and many installers quote $7 to $6 per watt as the going price. (Full Article)

M&A Heats Up In the Solar Biz

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Earth 2Tech – Katie Fehrenbacher

The first U.S. solar IPO in a year could be coming soon, but the merger and acquisition market is what will be bringing in exits and cash for solar startups. Yesterday MEMC Electronic Materials, a company that makes silicon wafers for the solar industry, announced that it plans to buy up SunEdison, one of the pioneers of the solar as a service business model. Yesterday also Greentech Media reported that chip maker National Semiconductor has acquired power monitoring software maker Energy Recommerce. (Full Article)

Test the Wind Speed via iPhone and Mariah Power

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Earth2Tech – Katie Fehrenbacher

Apple’s iPhone has apps for Car 2.0, for home energy management and for fuel efficiency. Now here’s one for clean power that I wasn’t expecting to see: a wind speed tester courtesy of small wind turbine maker Mariah Power. Todd Woody profiles the app in the New York Times’ Green Inc. blog this morning, and says the application uses the iPhone’s microphone to capture the sound of the wind and then utilizes an algorithm to tune out the surrounding noise and calculate the wind decibel speed. (Full Article)

Mulling Wind Power? Check Your iPhone.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The New York Times – Todd Woody

Thinking of putting a wind turbine in your backyard? Mariah Power is introducing a program that will let you measure the wind speed around your house by pointing your iPhone toward the sky.

The application uses the phone’s microphone to capture wind noise. It filters out ambient sound and an algorithm converts the result into a decibel rating that corresponds to wind speed, according to Bill Westerman, a principal at Create with Context, a Silicon Valley digital design company that developed the app for Mariah. (Full Article)

SAS joins with FLS Energy and groSolar to develop a second solar farm

Monday, October 19th, 2009 – Syanne Olson

In a rather depressed North Carolina economy, SAS, groSolar and FLS Energy have come together and announced the joint development of a second solar farm on SAS’ Cary, NC, headquarters. The estimated March 2010 completion of the project will generate around 1.9 million kilowatt-hours annually, which provides enough energy to power over 200 homes.

“This project is more proof that solar power is an economically viable energy source for America,” said groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe. “We applaud SAS for recognizing that environmental preservation can be coupled with economic gain through solar energy implementation.” (Full Article)

Sometrics Raises $4 Million For Social Analytics And Advertising Platform

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Tech Crunch – Robin Wauters

LA-based Sometrics has secured a Series B round of venture capital, led by Walt Disney Company-affiliated Steamboat Ventures and joined by previous investors The Mail Room Fund and Greycroft Partners. In total, $4 million was injected into the fledgling company, we’ve learned.

That brings the total invested in the startup to $5.55 million . The first round was raised back in May 2008. It was the first investment made by The Mail Room Fund, a joint venture fund established by William Morris Agency, Accel Parners and Venrock.

Sometrics is one of many companies looking to optimize the way social networks, gaming platforms and virtual worlds are being monetized. The startup markets tools that allow publishers and brands to manage ad inventory across social web platforms, optimize campaigns through audience analysis and targeting, as well as gain ‘social intelligence’ about the performance of those campaigns through detailed analytics. (Full Article)

Innotas Hits Sales Sweet Spot With InsideView Company Improves Reach to Target SMB Market, Efficiently Accelerates Top-Line Sales Growth by 150%

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 – Marketwire, Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwire) — 10/15/09 — InsideView today announced that Innotas, the only on-demand IT governance solution on the market, has successfully deployed SalesView, InsideView’s award-winning sales intelligence solution.

In the year since Innotas began utilizing SalesView, the company has achieved more than 150% growth in year-over-year revenue, as well as tremendous increases in call volume and customer transactions.

SalesView intelligently discovers sales opportunities across both traditional editorial sources and social media. It then delivers this accurate, relevant and timely business insight directly to sales reps within their CRMs and mobile devices. Innotas based its decision to deploy SalesView on the easy integration with its existing Salesforce CRM, as well as SalesView’s critical ability to help Innotas better reach its target SMB market. SalesView helped Innotas create a systematic way to manage sales territories more effectively and deliver improved information and visibility into opportunities. The application also simplified the prospecting process and improved cross-selling with Innotas’ existing customers. (Full Article)

groSolar Launches groEnergy Watch Monitoring System

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

Plug-n-play device and software allow web-based monitoring of PV systems

White River Jct., VT – How do people know if their solar electric system is working? How do groSolar installers and dealers know that the systems they have sold to home-owners are working properly? How much energy has your solar electric system generated? How much C02 has your solar system offset? How does the weather impact production?

To help homeowners and dealers answer these and other common questions, national solar energy leader groSolar today announced its launch of a new, proprietary monitoring system for solar-electric systems, groEnergy Watch.

“groEnergy Watch gives me an easy way to watch my solar productivity from any web connection,” said groSolar residential customer Bruce Killian. “It’s also been a great way to teach myself and my friends and family about the impact of solar power in terms of C02 offsets including the equivalent in gallons of oil and gasoline saved.” (Full Article)

groSolar and Zep Solar to revolutionize residential PV installation

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

Patented, frame-integrated mounting/grounding system to be unveiled at Solar Power International 2009 in Anaheim, CA

White River Jct., VT – National solar energy leader, groSolar, today announced its North American distribution partnership with Zep Solar, manufacturer of the world’s first auto-grounding, drop-in mounting solution for PV modules.

“We designed the Zep System to enable ultra-fast installation of solar panels, while simultaneously enhancing the safety and aesthetics of the overall array,” said Zep Solar CEO Jack West.” The end result is a system that cuts the total installation time in half, thereby dramatically reducing the price of solar power to homeowners. We’re proud to bring this innovation to market in partnership with groSolar.” (Full Article)

MobiTV Selects Media Excel for iPhone Live Sports Applications

Friday, October 9th, 2009

MediaExcel – Press Release

Austin, TX – MobiTV has selected Media Excel’s Hera 4000 mobile TV transcoder appliance for live sporting events delivered to the iPhone.

The adoption of the Hera 4000, the latest and greatest in Media Excel’s line of video appliances,
broadens the multi-year partnership between the two companies. For the past two years MobiTV
has used Media Excel’s HERA video transcoding appliances for MobiTV’s live programming
delivering live mobile TV over 3G for multiple carriers and millions of subscribers.

Paul Scanlan, President of MobiTV said, “We are very pleased with Media Excel, they have been a great partner for the last few years and our relationship is now strengthening further.” MobiTV has launched 3 new live sports applications on the iPhone, with major media brands over the past 45 days. The applications all achieved “Top 10” status in the Sports Category of the App Store. (Full Article)

Qualcomm Unveils Pocket Mobile TV Player

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Wall Street Journal – Don Clark

Qualcomm Inc. is trying a new strategy to jump-start the nascent market for mobile pay TV-going direct to the consumer.

The chip maker’s FLO TV subsidiary operates a U.S. network to broadcast TV programming to portable devices. Up to now the service has been available on specially equipped cellphones from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, adding around $15 to users’ cellphone bills. Late Tuesday, however, Qualcomm announced plans for its own pocket-sized device that is strictly for watching TV on the go.

FLO TV Personal Television, as the product is called, is expected to be offered by retailers this holiday season at a suggested price of $249.99. Qualcomm also will offer its own programming service, with packages expected to cost $5 to $15 a month.

The new effort is likely to run into skepticism, in view of the adoption rate for subscription mobile TV so far and competition. MobiTV Inc., a company based in Emeryville, Calif., has been offering a service that uses conventional cellphones.

John Fletcher, an analyst at the market-research firm SNL Kagan, estimates MobiTV subscribers will reach seven million this year, or about 2% of all U.S. cellphone users. He estimates FLO will have about 350,000 users, or a fraction of a percent.

Mr. Fletcher notes that Americans have tended to shy away from buying conventional portable TVs, which have the advantage of free content over FLO’s paid offering.

But Bill Stone, FLO TV’s president, says it offers an array of content that is available on cable TV but not over-the-air broadcasts. A bigger hurdle, he argues, is that people simply aren’t aware of its offerings. By going direct to the consumer, FLO TV has “a lot more control over our destiny and our messaging,” Mr. Stone said.

One advantage for a dedicated device is that TVs tend to be a shared resource where cellphones are seen as personal, Mr. Stone added. Parents and kids, might hand a TV back and forth as different kinds of shows air, he said.

Qualcomm, though now known for chips, has had forays in hardware before. The San Diego-based company offered its own cellphones early in its history. Last November, Qualcomm announced that it had developed a design for a home computing device that uses its cellphone chips rather than PC components.

Qualcomm said the new Personal Television device has a touch-screen display that measures 3.5 inches diagonally and weighs just over five ounces.

Write to Don Clark at

Oracle(R) CRM On Demand and Siebel CRM Customers Tap Into Social Intelligence With InsideView Smart Cloud(TM)

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

TMC Net – Press Release, Market Wire  

(Market Wire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 10/08/09 –InsideView, an Oracle® PartnerNetworkand Oracle CRM On Demand Inner Circle member, today announced significantenhancements to its integration of SalesView with both Oracle CRM On Demandand Siebel CRM applications in support of Oracle’s Social CRM initiative.

InsideView’s award-winning Sales Intelligence application, SalesView,discovers sales opportunities across both traditional editorial sources andemerging social media and presents them natively within CRM applicationsfor optimum usability. The enhancements to SalesView include expandedcoverage for international companies as well as small and mid-sizedbusinesses (SMB), all powered by the InsideView Smart Cloud(TM) platform.

The InsideView Smart Cloud makes SalesView the first sales intelligencesolution to allow plug-and-play addition and validation of content. (Full Article)


Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

InsideView – Press Release

Sales 2.0 Leader Continues Impressive Expansion of Customer Base and Revenue

San Francisco, CA (Marketwire – October 7, 2009) – InsideView, Inc. today announced impressive business momentum through the third quarter of 2009 with revenue growth of 294% over the third quarter of 2008.

During the third quarter, InsideView announced new partnerships with best-of-breed information providers for its award-winning sales intelligence solution, SalesView, and saw significant growth across all measurements of revenue, customers and users.

Financial highlights from InsideView’s third-quarter performance include:
• 163% bookings growth over same quarter last year
• 294% revenue growth over same quarter last year
• 250% customer growth over same quarter last year
• 235% seat growth over same quarter last year

“InsideView’s third-quarter growth extends our industry leadership and is another indicator of the incredible potential for Sales 2.0 solutions,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. “InsideView’s sales intelligence solution has become one of the premier resources for sales teams to improve their productivity and overall performance. Our rapid growth reflects the need in the sales industry for innovative tools such as SalesView, which provide the ability to stay atop of, understand and effectively use the ever-increasing amount of information being added to the Web.” (Full Article)

Smart lights: Menlo Park company addressing energy drain

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Almanac – Sean Howell

HID Labs is trying to bring an ancient lighting technology up to date.

The difference between today’s manufacturing plants and those of the 1940s is night and day. Sophisticated robots that swivel and bend and do most everything else wheel around the floor, replacing men in overalls. Factories that used to produce Packards are now popping out Priuses.

The lights that illuminate those warehouses, however, have not changed much in the last 70 years. They are “high-intensity-discharge” (HID) bulbs, and they produce luminescence through a simple design: electricity flowing between two electrodes in a glass chamber. If that description doesn’t do anything for you, look up the next time you’re in a Costco. Like most manufacturers and “big-box” retailers, that’s what the company uses to light its stores.  (Full Article)

Smart lights: Addressing energy drain

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The Almanac – Sean Howell, Almanac Staff HID Labs is trying to bring an ancient lighting technology up to date.

The difference between today’s manufacturing plants and those of the 1940s is night and day. Sophisticated robots that swivel and bend and do most everything else wheel around the floor, replacing men in overalls. Factories that used to produce Packards are now popping out Priuses.

The lights that illuminate those warehouses, however, have not changed much in the last 70 years. They are “high-intensity-discharge” (HID) bulbs, and they produce luminescence through a simple design: electricity flowing between two electrodes in a glass chamber. If that description doesn’t do anything for you, look up the next time you’re in a Costco. Like most manufacturers and “big-box” retailers, that’s what the company uses to light its stores.

“Literally lightning in a bottle” is how Kurt Buecheler, vice president of sales for Menlo Park-based HID Labs, describes the primitive technology. HID lights are so effective, producing a high-wattage beam that closely resembles sunlight, that the companies that use them are loathe to switch to anything else. (Full Article)


Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Pitchengine – Press Release

Windspire® Wind Turbines to Provide Power to Alaska’s Largest Fisheries Research Facility

JUNEAU, ALASKA — Mariah Power ( was awarded a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide the wind system for Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute – Alaska’s largest fisheries research facility. Six Windspire vertical axis wind turbines will generate 7.2 kWh of clean, renewable energy at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, Alaska in a deal inked earlier this month. (Full Article)

Aravo Launches `SIM Made Simple`

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Reuters – Press Release

New Resource Area on Offers Best Practices in Managing Supplier Risk, Compliance, Sustainability and Other Key Issues

SAN FRANCISCO–(Business Wire)-Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of Supplier Information Management (SIM) and Supplier Risk Management software and services, today announced SIM Made Simple, a new resource area on that will offer best practices on a wide range of supplier management, risk, compliance and sustainability issues. The series will draw from Aravo`s experience managing millions of suppliers for some of the largest companies in the world. (Full Article)

Sometrics Partners with Atlus Online, Ndoors Interactive and, to Increase Game Developers’ Virtual Currency Revenue

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Reuters – Business Wire Press Release

Sometrics Partners Typically Gain 15 Percent Lift Through Optimizing Third Party Virtual Currency Offer Providers/Ad Networks; Average eCPM across MMOs Hits $725

SAN JOSE–(Business Wire)- Sometrics ( today announced that MMO gaming companies Atlus Online (, Ndoors Interactive ( and ( will deploy the Sometrics Offer Solution to optimize revenue from virtual currency. Sometrics made the announcement at Engage Expo, here through September 24.

On the 24th at 2:30 p.m., Sometrics CEO Ian Swanson will participate in a panel discussion, “Leveraging Virtual Worlds to Engage and Monetize” ( (Full Article)

MobiTV wins mobile TV award

Friday, September 18th, 2009

MobileWire – Alan Harten

MobiTV Inc, a specialist in mobile media, was announced yesterday as the recipient of the ‘Best Mobile TV Service or Technology’ at the CSI (Cable and Satellite International) Awards 2009.

The award was given out at the IBC Conference last Friday and is given to honour a company that has served as a leader in product marketing and technical marketing in the sectors of IPTV, terrestrial broadcasting, cable, and satellite.

The hyper personalised mobile TV application ‘Mobi4Biz’ is the reason the company was honoured, which has a focus on providing information and financial news. (Full Article)

Ultimate Fighting Championship App Now Available on App Store

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Los Angeles Business Journal – PR Newswire Press Release

UFC and MobiTV Bring the Octagon to the iPhone and iPod touch; live streaming of UFC 103: FRANKLIN vs. BELFORT

EMERYVILLE, Calif. and DALLAS, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ — UFC and MobiTV today announced the availability of the Ultimate Fighting Championship App on the App Store. Powered by MobiTV the app features live Pay-Per-View content and in-app purchasing of live events. The first fight featured will be the live stream of UFC 103 on September 19, featuring former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin vs. former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Full Article)


Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Pitchengine – Press Release

Explosive Growth of Small Wind Turbine Brings Clean Energy Revolution to Homes and Businesses

RENO, Nevada- Start-up wind technology company, Mariah Power (, today announced the 400th installation of its innovative vertical axis Windspire wind turbine. The site of the newest Windspire is a private residence on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Homeowners, businesses and museums are installing Windspires across the U.S. to generate their own clean energy and save money on energy costs while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company credits the unique noise-free and attractive design that allows the Windspire to fit in many places currently unavailable to small wind for the explosive growth. A 30% federal tax credit available for the Windspire has also enabled more homeowners and businesses to harness their own clean energy. (Full Article)

Handmark® and MobiTV® Announce Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Handmark – Press Release

Emmy Award Winning Application Brings Live TV to Palm® TreoTM

KANSAS CITY, MO and BERKELEY, CA – (15 September 2005) – Handmark® and MobiTV® today announced that Handmark will be the exclusive North American distribution partner for online sales of MobiTV® for the Palm® TreoTM.

MobiTV is the first global multimedia network and technology company targeting the more than 1.6 billion mobile phone users worldwide. MobiTV turns the Palm Treo into a portable TV, allowing users to watch live television right in the palm of their hand. With a wide variety of top channels to choose from, covering news, sports, entertainment, comedy, cartoons, and more, MobiTV subscribers can always find something to watch – anytime, anywhere. (Full Article)

MobiTV Taps Bob Gehringer to Lead Advertising and Brand Partnerships

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Reuters – PR Newswire Press Release

Gehringer will focus on growing MobiTV’s advertising sales and building a diverse client portfolio

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — MobiTV, Inc., today announced the appointment of Bob Gehringer as Vice President of Advertising and Brand Partnerships.
Bringing more than 20 years of advertising experience to MobiTV, Gehringer will be responsible for managing and growing the company’s advertising sales and strategic brand partnerships. Additionally, he will focus on revenue growth, building a diverse client portfolio, evangelizing mobile advertising and developing cutting-edge advertiser solutions within MobiTV’s evolving platform.

Gehringer joins MobiTV from NextMedium, Inc., where he served as Vice President of Agency Partnerships. (Full Article)

groSolar wins first place for technology growth in Vermont

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

White River Jct. company to be awarded Vermont Business Magazine’s 5x5x5 Growth Award

White River Jct., Vt. – Vermont Business Magazine has named groSolar, a national leader in solar energy installation and distribution, as the first place 5x5x5 Growth Award winner in the technology category. The award recognizes groSolar as the fastest growing technology company in Vermont, and will be presented at 5x5x5 Growth Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington on September 15th.

This is the second consecutive 5x5x5 Growth Award win for the White River Jct.-based company, which has seen a meteoric rise in the demand for solar energy solutions nationwide. Founded in 1998, the company is now firmly established as a national leader in solar installation and distribution, and is the largest 100 percent U.S.-owned distributor in North America. Over the last five years, the company’s revenues grew by over 3400 percent. groSolar is now the fourth-largest residential solar provider in the nation. (Full Article)

groSolar Partners with Carbon Shredders at San Diego’s Kick Gas Festival

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

GroSolar – Press Release

groSolar to give away a solar electric system valued at $40,000

San Diego, Calif. — A drag racing championship without gas fumes and roaring engines? America’s love affair with the automobile also includes alternative energy enthusiasts, and organizers of the upcoming Kick Gas Festival in San Diego know it. The festival aims to make renewable energy part of our national identity, so that reducing our carbon footprint becomes as American as baseball, apple pie, and yes, drag racing.

groSolar, a nationwide solar power company, today announced it will be a proud sponsor of the Kick Gas Festival on October 24 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (Full Article)

Brainshark Achieves 320% ROI in First 6 Months of SalesView Deployment

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Reuters – Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwire) — 09/09/09 — InsideView today announced that Brainshark, Inc., a leader in on-demand presentations, has successfully deployed SalesView, InsideView’s award-winning sales intelligence solution. David Fitzgerald, executive vice president of sales, marketing and services for Brainshark, will share Brainshark’s success story at the Sales 2.0 Conference : on Sept. 10 in Chicago. Brainshark has been an InsideView customer since February 2009 and has achieved more than a 320% return on investment (ROI) and a 12% increase in pipeline during its first six months of SalesView deployment.

SalesView discovers sales opportunities across both traditional editorial sources and social media. It presents this relevant intelligence natively within CRM and mobile devices to maximize sales team productivity and accelerate sales cycles — delivering accurate, relevant and timely business insights directly to sales reps. Brainshark’s decision to deploy SalesView across its sales and marketing organizations was driven by a desire to increase sales productivity and marketing campaign effectiveness. (Full Article)

NBC Sports and MobiTV Launch Live Notre Dame Football App

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Reuters – PR Newswire Press Release

iPhone and iPod touch Users Can Now Enjoy Live Game Coverage and ‘Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame’ with the Notre Dame Central App

NEW YORK and EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ — iPhone and iPod touch users can now access live coverage of all eight University of Notre Dame home football games with NBC Sports’ all-new Notre Dame Central App, powered by MobiTV.

Available now in the app store, Fighting Irish diehards and college football fans nationwide can download the app to watch live NBC Sports coverage of each home game via 3G and/or WiFi on their iPhone and iPod touch. (The first live game available on the app was Saturday, September 5, a 35-0 Notre Dame victory over the University of Nevada.) (Full Article)

Let the Sun Shine

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Wall Street Journal – Cassanadra Sweet

With the price of solar panels falling, now may be a good time for consumers to take a look

The solar industry has been struggling this year against weak demand, ample supply and sliding prices. Which means that for anyone thinking about putting solar panels on their roof, there probably hasn’t been a better time.

All along the supply chain, prices have been falling, and could fall further still. Silicon, a main ingredient in most panels, has been selling for as little as half what it went for a year ago, while some panels and installed systems can be had for 25% less, retailers and installers say. Throw in a 30% rebate offered by the U.S. government, plus rebates in California, New Jersey, New York and other states, and, depending on where you live, you could be looking at $15,750 for a system that would have cost nearly twice as much a year ago when the federal rebate was much smaller. (Full Article)

groSolar Launches Green Benefits Program

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Participates in Pilot

White River Jct., Vt. — Socially responsible companies are offering new forms of benefits to their employees – incentives for carpooling, gym memberships, home-efficiency assistance. Now there’s a new employee benefit that taps into consumers’ rising interest in renewable energy.

groSolar, the nation’s premiere solar company, announced today its latest innovation in the solar market: the groSolar Employee Green Benefits Program, which offers group-discounts on solar power systems for employees. (Full Article)

The Top 3 Residential Vertical Wind Turbines

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Residential Wind Power

Traditionally when a wind turbine has been installed for home use most people have opted for the horizontal wind turbine – that is a three or four blade fan mounted on a horizontal axis to power their house. Vertical wind turbines which are otherwise known as a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) are becoming more common place in residential installations, and here are just a few reasons why:

Vertical Wind Turbine Benefits:
Unlike a horizontal wind turbine a vertical wind turbine does not have to be pointed into the wind to produce power. Being that the turbine is mounted on a vertical axis means that the blades will always be facing into the wind. (Full article)

groSolar Named as SunEdison Channel Partner

Friday, August 28th, 2009

BusinessWire – Press Release

Extends Long-Standing Partnership Between Two Leading Solar Companies

SunEdison today named groSolar as a Channel Partner. The announcement deepens the long-standing working partnership between two solar industry leaders. SunEdison is North America’s largest solar energy services provider, and groSolar is North America’s premier distributor, installer and integrator of solar energy solutions for residential and commercial installations. According to Paul Coughlin, Senior Vice President at groSolar, “SunEdison brings a sophisticated approach to solar project financing, as well as system monitoring and service. Employing the innovative tools they developed, including their Solar Power Services Agreement and their 24-7 monitoring program, means that we can deliver higher returns to our investors because we will maximize the energy we deliver to our customers.”  (Full Article)

Big Dreams For Small Wind Turbines

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

NPR – Melissa Block

When most people think about wind power, a vast field of gigantic turbines spinning on a ridgeline might come to mind. Well, that’s big wind.

But another part of the wind power industry is thinking small – as in turbines that are the right size to power a single home or business. And one of the hottest ideas blowing around is the concept of roof-top turbines that generate energy right at the point of use.

One Essential Ingredient

Reno, Nev.-based Mariah Power makes a turbine called the Windspire. And one of these skinny, 30-foot-tall turbines can be found in the heart of Washington D.C., at the foot of Capitol Hill. It’s in front of the United States Botanic Garden – and the gardens’ conservation horticulturist Ray Mims came up with the idea to put it there for an exhibit on sustainability.

“People think it’s a kinetic sculpture,” Mims says. “[It] doesn’t look like a typical wind turbine or windmill.” (Full Article)

Mariah Power Launches Windspire® Vertical Wind Turbine in Europe

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

BusinessWire – Press Release

Small Wind Company Brings Innovative Small Wind System to Homes and Businesses

RENO, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on the success of the Windspire wind turbine ( in the United States market, small-wind technology company Mariah Power today announced the official launch of the Windspire wind turbine for European countries. The launch coincides with the introduction of a 230 volt inverter which enables the Windspire to connect to European grid specifications. European customers are now able to order Windspire wind turbines through a growing network of international dealers which currently includes representatives in wind-rich countries like Denmark and France. Mariah Power is aggressively building a network of international Windspire dealers to expand to new countries that also utilize similar electric grids. (Full Article)

CRM Magazine Announces Winners of 2009 CRM Market Awards

Monday, August 24th, 2009

BusinessWire – Press Release

Companies, Customers, and Industry Visionaries Honored for Successes in the CRM Marketplace over the Previous 12 Months

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CRM magazine, the industry’s leading publication, announced the winners of its 2009 CRM Market Awards here today, in conjunction with the magazine’s CRM Evolution 2009 conference.

With its eighth annual CRM Market Awards, CRM magazine honors the vendors, consultants, and end-user companies that focus on customer relationships and the customer experience through the sophisticated integration of people, processes, and technologies. In each of 10 categories, the magazine named one Market Winner, denoting the highest score compared to its peers. Each category also produced four Market Leader awards and “One to Watch.” (Full Article)

groSolar Amps Up Solar Power in Sonoma County

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

Sonoma’s Financing Program and groSolar’s Group Rebate Make Now the Time to Go Solar

Sonoma County’s Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) is the most successful municipal solar financing program in the nation, and is proving to be the silver bullet for renewable energy development. Local solar installer groSolar is taking the program to the streets with a month-long door-to-door and event campaign to offer a group rebate to Santa Rosa and Petaluma residents, which makes solar power more affordable than ever before.

“There are incredible economic advantages these days for going solar, and people are taking action, particularly here in Sonoma,” said Kevin Gage, groSolar’s regional manager. “groSolar knows how to leverage these incentives for people, and we make it fast, easy, and cost-effective for both residential and commercial property-owners in California to generate their own electricity from the sun. To top it off, we’re offering to cover 33 percent of the first year of solar-loan payments for Petaluma and Santa Rosa homeowners if we can get 50 people in those towns signed up for the program by the end of 2009.” (Full Article)

Windspire offers new option in backyard wind power

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Marketplace – Rick Barrett

It looks like metal lawn art, although it’s much taller than a typical backyard sculpture.

Very quiet with a propeller-free design, the Windspire power turbine captures the power of the wind to generate electricity. It could reduce your electric bill by about 20%, according to the manufacturer – provided you live in a windy location.

On Friday, the first Windspire dealership in Wisconsin held an open house to show off the power turbines.
They’re made in Michigan by workers who lost their jobs at an automotive parts factory. (Full Article)

Scotland County in line for huge solar plant

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Richmond Daily Journal – Bryan Stewart

Scotland County’s flat terrain and the proximity of the I-74 corridor were major factors in the decision to build North Carolina’s largest solar power farm there, according to a company planning to build it.

A proposed solar farm was approved by a unanimous vote this week, clearing the first hurdle for its development, according to the Laurinburg Exchange.

The proposal will come before Laurinburg City Council Tuesday where they will set a public hearing. Public hearings are usually set for the following council meeting, which is Sept. 21.

The proposed solar farm – a 2.3 megawatt solar photovoltaic array – would be the largest in the state, according to energy officials. (Full Article)

Massachusetts Real-Estate Development Goes Solar

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

New incentives make solar a sound real-estate investment

Salem, Mass. — The first question most people ask when considering solar is, “how long until solar pays off?” When Princeton Properties CEO Andrew Chaban found out from national solar installer and distributor, groSolar, that installing solar electric on the company’s Salem apartments would pay for itself in less than a year, he was more than a little curious.groSolar is designing the 347 kilowatt project, expected to begin installation in September. The project will consist of close to 2,000 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and will power 100 percent of the common areas in the Princeton Crossing apartment community on Heritage Drive in Salem. Common areas in the 300,375 square-foot complex range from the parking lot lights to the laundry facilities. The solar electric system will result in an estimated annual savings of $73,000 in the site’s electric bill. (Full Article)

HID Labs Teams with Green Energy USA to Bring Smart Lighting Technology to California’s Central Valley

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

 Reuters – Business Wire Press Release

Reseller Agreement Extends HID Labs’ Reach to Area’s Agribusiness, Major Retailers, Other Industries MENLO PARK, Calif.–(Business Wire)– HID Laboratories (, a provider of intelligent high-intensity lighting solutions, has signed Green Energy USA of Bakersfield, a leading supplier of lighting and power management technology in California’s Central Valley, as a reseller of HID’s SmartPod Luminaire lighting system.

Businesses that will benefit most from this new energy-efficient lighting technology include major agribusiness companies, large-scale cold storage operations, warehouse facilities, mass merchandise retail outlets, manufacturing and industrial operations, as well as gymnasiums, auditoriums, arenas and convention centers. (Full Article)

Progress Energy, MP2 Capital to partner of N.C. solar-power facility

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Triangle Business Journal – By Frank Vinluan

Progress Energy announced Monday that it has reached a deal with energy financing firm MP2 Capital to build what could become the largest solar energy facility in the Raleigh-based utility’s Carolinas territory.

The planned 2.3 megawatt solar array to be built in Laurinburg, about 100 miles south of Raleigh, is expected to come online in the next six months, though a precise site has not yet been determined. The power that MP2 generates from operating the facility will be sold to Progress for distribution to its customers. (Full Article)


Friday, August 7th, 2009

Pitchengine – Press Release 

City Launches First Green Initiative with Wind Power Test for Boardwalk Lighting Needs

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY- Kicking off its first major green initiative, the City of Long Branch installed a small wind turbine off Ocean Boulevard to determine the feasibility of powering the boardwalk lighting with clean wind power. The City chose a Windspire vertical wind turbine ( for the three month test in which the City will collect data on the amount of energy the Windspire can produce as well as the reaction to the wind appliance from local officials and hundreds of thousand visitors to the popular recreation area. If the test proves successful, city officials intend to install multiple Windspire wind turbines to help power many more boardwalk lights. (Full Article)

Anders Norstrom Appointed Chief Operating Officer for MobiTV

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

FierceWireless – PRNewswire Press Release

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — MobiTV, Inc., announced today that Anders Norstrom has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Possessing more than 15 years of experience in the mobile and communications industries, Norstrom has spent the last two years overseeing and managing the global deployment of MobiTV’s mobile content and delivery services as Managing Director of Europe. (Full Article)

Social sales emerging as an opportunity within social CRM

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

SearchCRM – Barney Beal, News Director

The explosive growth of social networks is extending into established CRM vendors’ technology.

This summer has seen a steady stream of new releases geared toward leveraging the popularity of the intersection of social networking and CRM, often referred to as social CRM. Just a few of the features recently released include: integration between Twitter and CRM records from, fromRightNow Technologies and from Microsoft Dynamics CRM; Social CRM from Lithium Technologies to link online social communities and CRM; Social CRM from Zendesk and Get Satisfaction to unite help desk capabilities and Web 2.0; a a Social Sales application from Marketo and CoTweet, a Twitter collaboration start-up, allowing users to track marketing efforts across Twitter. (Full Article)

MobiTV Looking To Partner With Carriers In Europe And Asia

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Washington Post – Tricia Duryee

MobiTV, which packages together TV content for mobile phone operators to offer streaming video services, is looking to expand beyond the U.S. and Latin America and into Europe and Asia.

The Emeryville, Calif.-based company also said it is also interested in working with a company, such as MediaFLO, which can complement its streaming services with broadcast TV that doesn’t use or clog up the cellular network, according to Total Telecom magazine.

MobiTV’s CMO Ray de Renzo said in expanding internationally, it will take another approach to the market, by licensing its technology to a carrier rather than aggregating the content, like it does in the U.S. (Full Article)

Data Cloud Gets Smart

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Reuters – Press Release

InsideView’s News Content Partnerships and ‘Smart Cloud’ Change the Game for Sales

San Francisco, CA (July 30, 2009)-InsideView today announced new partnerships with best-of-breed information providers which expand coverage for international companies as well as small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) for its award-winning sales intelligence solution, SalesView. The recent alliances with Thomson Reuters, Capital IQ (a Standard & Poor’s company), Cortera and NetProspex add to the growing list of content sources SalesView currently taps into. Other content relationships include Jigsaw, D&B, Hoover’s, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and over 20,000 online news sources.

These content partnerships are enabled by the InsideView Smart CloudTM, the first sales intelligence solution to allow plug-and-play addition and validation of content. Leveraging the Smart Cloud platform, SalesView uncovers new sales opportunities for its users by continuously aggregating and analyzing relevant personal, professional and corporate data from both emerging social media and traditional business data sources. SalesView presents the resulting intelligence within CRMs to maximize sales team productivity and accelerate sales cycles. (Full Article)

Catamount finalizes $80M early-stage fund

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Venture Beat – Camille Ricketts

San Francisco-based venture firm Catamount Ventures announced that it closed its fourth fund at $80 million, according to VentureWire. It plans to use the smaller fund to back early-stage companies in the IT and cleantech sectors.

The fund had initially raised $74.15 million in February, but was able to tack on an additional $15 million from an undisclosed source. In fact, Catamount has declined to name any of its contributors, though a regulatory filing for the fundraise lists BP, Horsley Bridge Partners and Legacy Ventures. It says it is starting to lean more heavily on institutional investors as opposed to individual limited partners – who provided the bulk of the firm’s first three funds. (Full Article)

Nuts, Bolts, Photons and Electrons of Solar Energy

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Scientific American – Steve Mirsky

Jeff Wolfe, the CEO and co-founder of groSolar, talks about solar energy’s present and future. Plus, we’ll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include

Podcast Transcription: Welcome to Science Talk the weekly Podcast of Scientific American posted on July 23rd, 2009. I’m Steve Mirsky. This week we’ll talk about the nuts and bolts and photons and electrons of solar energy with Jeff Wolfe. He is the CEO and cofounder of groSolar, a leader in solar energy in the U.S. Back in June, Jeff was in New York City at a conference. We met over breakfast at the restaurant in his hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Steve: Tell me about your personal background and how you got involved in this whole field. (Full Article)

InsideView Announces Record Growth in Q2

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Marketwire – Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – July 23, 2009) – InsideView, Inc. today announced record growth through the second quarter of 2009, further establishing the company as a Sales 2.0 industry leader. In this quarter, InsideView saw significant growth across revenue, customers and users, along with industry-leading product innovation, which included the integration of data gleaned from Twitter into its award-winning sales intelligence application SalesView.

“We are extremely pleased about InsideView’s continued growth, especially over the last business quarter,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. (Full Article)

Aravo Adds Preferred Supplier Tracking to Help Reduce Maverick Spend

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Supply & Demand Chain Executive – Editorial Staff

Supplier information management specialist offers new capabilities aimed at helping companies improve productivity for buyers and suppliers

San Francisco – July 20, 2009 – Supplier information management specialist Aravo Solutions has released the latest version of its flagship Aravo SIM software, which introduces a Supplier Productivity Pack that offers new features like Preferred Supplier Tracking and Dynamic Surveys aimed at helping organizations eliminate maverick spend and improve both buyer and supplier productivity. (Full Article)


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Mariah Power – Press Release

168 MPH Survival Wind Speed Creates New Market for Small Vertical Wind Turbines

Wind technology company Mariah Power ( today announced a new high wind version of its innovative Windspire vertical axis wind turbine. The new version will be able to sustain winds as high as 168 mph and will be able to operate in extreme weather conditions. This High Wind Windspire will feature a shorter version of the company’s patented giromill straight blade design and will continue to make use of its ultra efficient generator and inverter technology. This is the first of multiple new products that Mariah Power is scheduled to introduce in the coming months. Mariah Power plans to sell this new product to government agencies, cellular companies and ski resorts who require alternative energy solutions in consistent high wind and remote areas. The unit can be grid tied or used in DC form to recharge battery systems. (Full Article)

Deal Radar 2009: Aravo

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sramana Mitra

According to AMR, the overall supply management market grew 11% in 2007 with continued double-digit growth expected. They project a $4.3 billion market by 2012, and the market currently stands at about $3.3 billion. Today’s Deal Radar covers the origins and growth of a SaaS player in the market, Aravo.

The San Francisco-based company claims to have a SaaS solution that can do for vendor management what Salesforce did for customer relationship management. Aravo’s products are offered on its SIM (Supplier Information Management) platform. (Full Article)

Commercials On The Go

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Forbes – Laurie Burkitt

Mobile marketing may help slumping TV networks

Michael Jackson’s memorial service drew a surprising number of eyes to TV sets July 7. Even more surprising was the number of people who watched the farewell on their phones–nearly 1 million.

Turns out there are more than a few folks rallying around 2.5-inch screens to watch breaking news or their favorite shows, if only a few minutes of them. Over 13 million Americans tuned in to handsets in the first quarter of the year, a 52% spike from the year before, says Transpera, the largest mobile video ad-network in the U.S. If the numbers keep rising, so will the ad dollars–or at least that’s the hope of television networks, which have been mourning their own loss: $1.5 billion in ad revenue in the first quarter of 2009, a drop of nearly 11% from $12 billion at the same time last year, says the Television Bureau of Advertising. (Full Article)

Solar Group-Buying Program Comes To San Diego

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

1BOG Teams With groSolar to Duplicate San Francisco Success

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – 1BOG, the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the U.S., is bringing its successful program to San Diego.

Also known as One Block Off the Grid, 1BOG organizes groups of homeowners – or businesses – interested in purchasing solar power and then negotiates group discounts with solar installers. The collective approach results in better prices and better terms of service for homeowners and businesses. 1BOG only teams up with established solar installers ensuring high quality service, at a lower price. (Full Article)

Firm partners with tribe on turbines

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Traverse City Record Eagle – Bill O’Brien
MANISTEE -- A local manufacturer will team with a Minnesota-based Indian tribe to help produce its new wind turbine. MasTech Manufacturing LLC of Manistee, and Reno, Nev.-based Mariah Power reached an agreement with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to help produce Mariah's "Windspire" renewable energy wind turbine. The tribe dedicated a small manufacturing plant last week where workers will make a part for the Windspire. The tribe is based in Onamia, Minn. (Full Article)

Go solar, and save money in return

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

NECN -Peter Howe

(Bellingham, Mass.) Many budget- and environment-minded New Englanders have looked into installing solar energy, only to be scared off by the huge up-front costs. But now Kim Loring and others are discovering a new plan that can slash the $25,000-to-$35,000 cost to just $1,000 up front.Thursday was a day Kim had dreamed of for year: Switching over her three-bedroom ranch home in this town along Interstate 495 southwest of Boston to run by the sun. (Full Article)

10 Wind Turbines That Push the Limits of Design

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Popular Mechanics – Lisa Merolla

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released their 20% Wind Report Card on July 8, following up on a study in which the Department of Energy proposed a goal where 20 percent of U.S. electricity comes from wind energy by 2030. The AWEA gave the overall U.S. push for wind power a “solid B”-high marks from an advocacy group that grades U.S. infrastructure. The highest letter in the report was an A- awarded for “Technology Development.” This is no big surprise-for years now, the government, alternative-energy researchers and entrepreneurs have been putting time and money into making better tech for cleaner, more efficient energy production. Here are 10 wind turbine designs that push the limits of the current design and may help the U.S. get back to being an A student by 2030. (Full Article)

Minn. Tribe To Dedicate Wind Turbine Plant

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

WCCO – Staff

McGREGOR, Minn. (AP) – The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is investing in a new type of wind turbine designed for use by homes and businesses.On Thursday, tribal officials plan to dedicate a new manufacturing plant where workers will make a part for the Windspire. That’s a vertical-axis wind turbine made by Reno, Nev.-based Mariah Power.

The parts will be assembled at MasTech Manufacturing LLC in Manistee, Mich.

Through its investment in Mariah Power, the Mille Lacs Band will be the exclusive distributor for any Indian reservation buying a Windspire turbine, which costs about $6,500. (Full Article)

RCom to Expand Mobile TV Offerings on GSM Network

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Business Standard – Raghuvir Badrinat

Reliance Communications is in advanced talks to sign a technical alliance with Apalya Technologies to offer mobile television (MobiTV) on its recently launched GSM network.

Apalya will offer RCOM its proprietary platform Mimobi enabling Reliance to offer Mobile TV services on its GSM network. Currently, RCOM offers Mobile TV services on its CDMA network with over 13 news and TV channels using its real-time streaming technology.

“In order to offer the Mobile TV application on its GSM network and to increase the number of handsets that can support the Mobile TV application, we are tying up with Apalya to enhance the width of usage”, said Krishna Durbha, Head – VAS, Reliance Communications.

Currently, RCOM through its strategic tie-up with ESPN is offering all ICC World T20 matches through its R-World VAS platform. The company also provides subscribers an option to have match scores and expert commentary on the matches as their caller-tune. (Full Article)

Mobile-video sales to jump 17% this year

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Video Business – Danny King

Revenue generated by content programming for so-called “smart” mobile phones will increase 17% this year as companies such as Walt Disney’s ESPN and MobiTV make more mobile videos available, according to one report released late last week.

U.S. mobile-video revenue will grow to about $350 million this year, up from $300 million in 2008, and will likely accelerate to a 25% annual growth rate over the next few years as more people buy Apple’s iPhones, Palm’s Pre and updated versions of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, research firm SNL Kagan said.

Such spending growth would build on recent mobile-video trends, as about 50 million Americans used the Internet through their mobile devices in February, up from about 29 million two years earlier, Nielsen said in a report released last month.

With more people using the Internet from their cell phones, mobile-video viewing has surged, prompting companies such as AT&T and Verizon Communications to invest more in mobile applications. The number of people who watched mobile video in the fourth quarter jumped 9% from the third quarter, to about 11 million, Nielsen said in February.

SNL said that such revenue will increase as more people subscribe to mobile-video services. Smart phone subscribers will more than double to 114 million, or about 40% of all mobile-phone customers, in 2010, from 50 million, or 19% in 2008. By the end of 2014, 60% of mobile-phone customers will be smart phone subscribers, according to SNL Kagan.

As for the largest mobile-video programmers, ESPN is followed by closely held MobiTV, Viacom’s MTV Mobile and Time Warner’s CNN, according to SNL Kagan.  

HID Labs Unveils Smart Green Industrial Lighting

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Greener Buildings – Staff

HID Laboratories officially launched its SmartPod Luminaires, a high intensity discharge lighting solution that mates IT with high-tech design and energy efficient performance, the firm says.

The company unveiled its SmartPod Luminaires to the public on Tuesday. They have been deployed in a handful of sites in California during the past eight months, including the family-owned Pet Extreme chain in Woodland Hills, a warehouse for the regional nonprofit theater company TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, and the Silver Creek Sportsplex in San Jose, a spokesman told Pet Extreme is using 55 lights and TheatreWorks and the sportsplex are each using 10. (Full Article)


Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Press Release – Amy Berry, Mariah Power

News Program to Highlight Factory Opening in Michigan and New Jobs for Ex-Autoworkers

RENO, Nevada, (June 17, 2009) – When the producers of ABC’s “20/20” began research on a special episode about the impact of the current economy they searched for companies that were adapting their old business models to better operate in the new economy. They found a perfect example in Manistee, Michigan at the newly opened Windspire® wind turbine ( factory; a former auto parts automation facility run by MasTech Manufacturing that was retrofitted to produce Windspires after nearly closing operations due to the crisis in the automotive industry. The one-hour special episode is scheduled to air Friday, June 19th at 10pm E /9pm C on ABC. (Full Article)

Solar Installers, Warehouses Testing a Dimmer Knob for Big Lights

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Stadium lights and other bulbs are being installed on a network to save power. Will this become a new revenue stream for solar installers?

GreenTech – Michael Kanellos

Antonio Espinosa opens up a ballast – the boxy device that controls the high intensity discharge (HID) lights you see at stadiums and big box retailers – and points to a large gray cube inside of it that is a crucial component in turning on the bulb.

“It is a piece of lead. It is 70-year-old technology we are competing against,” he said.

Espinosa, CEO of HID Laboratories, is hoping to replace that hunk of lead and other components with a ballast relies on digital technology, such as microprocessors and networking equipment, that can both reduce power consumption and increase the capabilities of HID lights. (Full Article)