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News from February, 2009

Xactly Chooses InsideView to Deliver Sales 2.0 Advantages

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

MarketWire – Press Release 

SalesView Helps Xactly Tap the Social Web to Increase Lead Generation Efforts and Improve Prospecting

InsideView today announced that Xactly Corporation, the market leader in on-demand sales performance management, has implemented InsideView’s unique on-demand Sales 2.0 application, SalesView, to improve its sales intelligence and lead generation efforts. InsideView’s flagship sales intelligence product, SalesView, combines intelligent aggregation technologies and CRM mash-ups to arm sales and marketing teams with the insights needed to find, engage and close new opportunities.

Xactly has integrated SalesView to enhance its overall demand generation and research process. SalesView scans, filters and prioritizes information on the social Web to deliver rich insights about prospective sales targets. Through its breakthrough Sales 2.0 technology, SalesView helps sales teams gain greater visibility and insight into target sales accounts, leading to increased productivity and accelerated sales cycles. (Full Article)


Windspire Wind Turbines Bring Smart Energy Solutions to Europe

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Mariah Power – Press Release

MerciNat SARL of France Installs Europe’s First Windspire Wind Turbines at Dealership in Missillac and at Official Testing Site in Narbonne, Setting Stage for Wider Distribution

Mariah Power (www.mariahpower.com), manufacturer of the Windspire, a residential and commercial wind power appliance, today announced the Windspire’s European debut in partnership with MerciNat SARL (www.mercinat.com), a dealer of smart renewable energy solutions in Missillac, French Brittany. Two Windspire wind turbines were installed earlier this month and are currently providing power to the company’s dealership along a busy freeway serving residents and industries of the windy Brittany region. The EDF (France’s national electricity grid) has also recognized the potential of the Windspire and is now conducting testing at the SEPEN official test site in Narbonne, France, which will allow for faster adoption across France.

The Windspire is a 9.1 meter tall, propeller-free, vertical-axis wind turbine designed for harnessing wind power in urban, suburban and rural locations. The unit’s powerful, aesthetically pleasing design enables it to blend in well with a variety of settings, making it an ideal renewable energy option for home and business owners. The affordable cost of the system and its noise-free operation render it an economical choice for consumers, appropriate for locations close to where people live and work.(Full Article)


grosolar Acquires Residential Division of Borrego Solar

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Clean Edge News

Two American solar power installers recently announced that they have entered into an agreement for groSolar of White River Junction, Vt., to acquire the residential solar division of Borrego Solar Systems of El Cajon, Calif. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Borrego Solar residential division operates in California as well as Massachusetts.

As a result, groSolar claims it will emerge as the fourth-largest residential solar power installer in the United States, while maintaining its national distribution and commercial operations as well. NGP Energy Technology Partners and SJF Ventures, two of the premier energy technology private venture capital funds in the United States, have provided capital for groSolar through previous transactions.

With the purchase, the groSolar name will begin appearing at Borrego Solar’s residential locations in San Diego, Berkeley, Sonoma, Orange County, Silicon Valley, and Massachusetts. (Full Article)


GroSolar Snaps Up Borrego Unit

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

NY Times, DealBook

GroSolar, a New England solar installer, said Wednesday that it was buying the residential-installation business of Borrego Solar Systems, making the combined company the fourth-largest residential solar installer in the United States.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal highlights an ongoing trend of consolidation in the industry that is expected to transform the landscape of the home solar installation market, The San Jose Mercury News said. As the pace of M&A in the sector accelerates, there will be fewer but larger players, it said. (Full Article)


groSolar Acquires the Residential Solar Division of Borrego Solar Systems

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Business Wire – Press Release

Borrego Solar continues to expand commercial and government operations in California, New England and the Mid-Atlantic

Two of the nation’s leading solar power installers announced today that they have entered into an agreement for groSolar of White River Junction, Vt., to acquire the residential solar division of Borrego Solar Systems of El Cajon, Calif. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Borrego Solar residential division operates in California as well as Massachusetts.

As a result, groSolar will emerge as the fourth-largest residential solar power installer in the United States, while maintaining its national distribution and commercial operations as well. The firm, launched less than 10 years ago, will continue its rapid expansion and consolidation as the first truly North America-wide solar power company, with residential operations in nine states in addition to their commercial and distribution channels. NGP Energy Technology Partners and SJF Ventures, two of the premier energy technology private venture capital funds in the United States, have provided capital for groSolar through previous transactions.

With the purchase, the groSolar name will begin appearing at Borrego Solar’s residential locations in San Diego, Berkeley, Sonoma, Orange County, Silicon Valley, and Massachusetts. (Full Article)


Mergers under way in home solar installation market

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

iStock Analyst – Matt Nauman, Silicon Valley Mercury News

The home solar installation market will see fewer but larger players as the pace of mergers and acquisitions accelerates, industry insiders forecast.

Wednesday, a New England solar installer announced an aggressive move into sunny California, acquiring the residential-installation portion of Borrego Solar Systems, a San Diego County company with three Northern California offices.

GroSolar, based in White River Junction, Vt., will emerge from the deal as the fourth-largest residential solar installer in the United States, and its chief executive said it hopes to rival industry leaders Solar City of Foster City, Akeena Solar of Los Gatos and REC Solar of San Luis Obispo.

“California is 70 percent of the solar market,” said Jeff Wolfe, GroSolar’s CEO. “We’ve very consciously grown our business. We wanted to be firmly established before we entered the fray here.” (Full Article)


groSolar Hires Mark Ledbetter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Kelli C. Pippin

Mark Ledbetter named as Southern California Account Manager

groSolar, North America’s premier provider of solar energy solutions and a national leader in solar distribution, is pleased to announce that Mark Ledbetter has joined our rapidly expanding company as the regional account manager for Southern California.

Ledbetter will direct groSolar’s new distribution activities and installer support programs in Southern California.

From groSolar’s new distribution office in San Diego, Ledbetter will lead the company’s efforts to deliver high-value distribution, training, development services and support programs to Southern California dealers serving the residential and commercial solar electric and solar hot water systems. (Full Article)


Newly Approved Uncapped 30 Percent Tax Credit for Small Wind Turbines Makes Wind Power More Viable for Americans

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Mariah Power – Press Release

Legislative Stimulus Package Benefits Installation of Small Wind Turbines for All Tax Payers

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed yesterday by President Obama includes an uncapped 30 percent tax credit for the installation of small wind turbines, such as Windspire, (www.mariahpower.com), a residential and commercial wind power appliance. The tax credit, previously capped at $4,000, gives all American taxpayers (residents and businesses) credit based on the total installed cost of an installation of one or more wind turbines. The legislative package includes more than $42 billion in energy-related investments.

“Wind power is critical to the President’s new energy initiatives, said Mike Hess, CEO of Mariah Power. “It is refreshing that the new administration recognizes the potential behind renewable energy as a part of this important new legislation. Windspire transforms an untapped form of power – wind – into a cost effective, practical, and smart energy solution that is well-suited to homes and businesses. This is the first step toward a future in which our daily lives will be powered by renewable energy.” (Full Article)


MobiTV Scoops Best Mobile TV Service at Mobile World Congress

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

MobiTV – Press Release 

Mobile World Congress 2009 — MobiTV, Inc. was awarded top honors at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards held Tuesday night at the National Palace in Barcelona. The awards recognize innovation across a spectrum of categories. MobiTV was singled out amongst strong competition based on its demonstrated ability to stimulate widespread adoption across existing carrier networks. MobiTV already serves a compelling mobile TV experience featuring popular content and primetime channels to over 6 million subscribers on more than 300 handset models.

“At MobiTV we know mainstream adoption of mobile television is dependent on compelling user experiences and content that is relevant to the consumer,” said Charlie Nooney, CEO MobiTV. “By providing features like immediate session start, fast channel change and a simple user interface, MobiTV is giving users the experience they expect. The GSMA have recognised that in the award we received.” (Full Article)


MobiTV Eclipses Six Million Subscriber Mark

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

MobiTV – Press Release

Improved Experience, Top-Tier Content and Mass-Market Awareness Signaling a Tipping Point for Mobile Television Growth

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile World Congress 2009 — MobiTV, Inc., announced the company’s latest milestone today, surpassing six million subscribers on its managed mobile media service. Available on more than 350 handsets across 20 carrier networks, including AT&T and Alltel in the U.S., MobiTV attributes its accelerated growth to increasing consumer demand for highly anticipated television events on mobile devices, the proliferation of smart phones and a growing trend toward bundling TV and radio services in high-value wireless plans.

“MobiTV’s bullish approach to subscriber growth, despite the economy, has allowed us to be a catalyst for increased mobile television adoption,” said Charlie Nooney, chairman and CEO, MobiTV. “The biggest hurdle to adoption is no longer availability or technology — it is awareness, and as the market leader we’re poised to capitalize on increasing consumer demand for compelling, entertaining TV and video-on-demand for the mobile phone.” (Full Article)


InsideView Launches New Partner Program

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

InsideView – Press Release

Sales 2.0 Leader TAPs Sales and Marketing Consultants to Meet Growing Demand

InsideView today launched its Trusted Advisor Program (TAP), the company’s new partner lead referral initiative. InsideView is a Sales 2.0 leader focused on maximizing sales productivity and velocity. The company’s flagship sales intelligence product, SalesView, combines intelligent aggregation technologies and CRM mash-ups to arm sales and marketing teams with the insights needed to find, engage and close new opportunities.

The newly announced TAP is aimed at like-minded sales and marketing consultants that are committed to driving quantifiable sales results for small, midsize and enterprise companies. The InsideView TAP allows partners to broaden their portfolio, deliver additional value to clients and earn generous referral fees when their customers decide to deploy SalesView. (Full Article)


Aravo Enhances Supplier Information Management Platform with Supplier Self-Registration

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

PR Inside.com – Press Release 

New Aravo SIM Feature Automates Expansion of Customer’s Supplier Base, Speeds Approvals, Simplifies Supplier Onboarding

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services, today announced immediate availability of Supplier Self-Registration for all new and existing customers. This new feature allows Aravo customers to easily broaden their supplier base by enabling prospective new suppliers to self-register, automating the approval process, and simplifying supplier onboarding. Suppliers are able to enter their own information into Aravo SIM via an easy to use web page that is customized for each customer. With this new feature, Aravo SIM now gives organizations the unique ability to engage, activate, and manage their entire supply base rapidly and effectively-providing benefits such as reduced costs, increased productivity, and streamlined supplier onboarding to companies and their suppliers. (Full Article)


Java gets a mobile makeover with JavaFX Mobile

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

ZDNet – Ed Burnette

Sun Microsystems announced today the release of the JavaFX Mobile platform. Built on top of the existing Java ME platform, JavaFX Mobile allows developers to create immersive mobile content while leveraging their existing investment in Java.

JavaFX provides a unified development and deployment model for rich applications across the desktop, browser, and mobile devices.

On the business side, Sun has lined up an impressive array of partners that plan to deliver JavaFX enabled devices. They include Sony Ericsson, LGE, Orange, Sprint, Cynergy, and MobiTV. (Full Article)


Handango Releases Annual Yardstick

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Games category grows from 11% to 19% of top category sales

Fierce Wireless – Jason 

Handango Inc., the leading provider of multi-platform smartphone content globally, today announced its 2008 Handango Yardstick, a proprietary global trend index offering unique insight into the smartphone content industry.

For the first time, Handango is releasing ‘Handango’s Top Ten’ list identifying the top ten downloaded applications across all operating platforms and devices and sold through Handango’s multiple distribution channels.

In 2008, Handango added an impressive 1,300 new content providers to its network with almost 10,000 new applications across all categories with an overall average purchase price of almost $20 per application.

HANDANGO’S TOP TEN – 2008 Best Sellers List (Across Platforms)
1. Spb Mobile Shell 2.1.4 (today screen plug-in) – $29.95
2. MobiTV (streaming television) – $9.99/month
3. Ringtone Megaplex (ringtones) – $19.95
4. Spb Backup 2.0.1 (file backup) – $24.95
5. Spb Pocket Plus 4.0.2 (today screen plug-in) – $29.95
6. Pocket Informant 8 (today screen plug-in) – $29.95
7. Spb Phone Suite 1.3 (phone features) – $19.95
8. VoiceControl (voice command) – $6.00
9. Colour Your Trackball (trackball customizer) – $4.95
10. eWallet (Professional Edition) (PIM manager) – $29.95

(Full Article)


Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. to Build Vermont’s Largest Solar Power Array

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

PR-Inside.com – Press Release

One Vermont business has taken its environmental commitment to a new level”all the way to the roof!

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) will build Vermont’s largest solar array on top of the distribution center of its Green Mountain Coffee facility in Waterbury. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array is expected to begin in the spring of 2009 and be completed by summer.

The solar array is the result of an innovative partnership between the coffee company, the State of Vermont, Green Mountain Power, and groSolar, North America’s premier provider of solar energy solutions. The electricity generated by the approximately 530 solar panels will produce a small percentage of the total electricity Green Mountain Coffee needs for its production facilities in Waterbury. Company officials say the greater benefit is in showing what is possible for the future. (Full Article)


Plex Systems Announces Mariah Power as New Customer

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Plex Systems – Press Release 

Wind Power Energy Appliance Manufacturer Adopts Plex Online as ERP Solution

Plex Systems, Inc., provider of Plex Online (POL) software for the manufacturing enterprise, today announced that Mariah Power’s Manistee-based manufacturing facility has selected POL as its SaaS ERP manufacturing solution.

Mariah Power is the manufacturer of the Windspire(R), an environmentally friendly, propeller-free vertical axis wind turbine designed for commercial, government and residential markets. Windspire is a Green Tech winner of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New in 2008 award.

“Plex Systems is excited to add Mariah Power to our growing list of Plex Online users,” said Tom Mackey, executive vice president of Plex Systems. “All manufacturers are seeking solutions that help manufacturing processes work more efficiently and minimize waste. Mariah Power, a harnesser of wind power for renewable energy, appreciates the benefits that Plex Online contributes to its efficient manufacturing processes.” (Full Article)


Reno wind-turbine maker expands to Costa Rica

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Las Vegas Sun – Staphanie Tavares

Reno-based wind turbine manufacturer Mariah Power has expanded onto the international stage with its first Windspire installation in Latin America.

ASI Power & Telemetry, a Mariah Power dealer based in northwestern Costa Rica, has installed one of the company’s propeller-free vertical axis wind turbines, called a Windspire, in a biodiversity-educational park near Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose.

Mariah Power specializes in low-cost urban, suburban and rural vertical axis wind turbines for small business, residential and commercial applications. It has turbines installed across the United States.

The spires are designed and built in Reno, although the company plans to devote the Nevada plant to research and development when it opens a larger manufacturing plant in Michigan later this year.

The Windspire in Costa Rica is the first the Nevada company has installed in what is expected to be a fast-growing market for small to midscale renewable energy technology. (Full Article)


groSolar Hires David Nichols in California

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Relesase

New Regional Account Manager

Sacramento, CA – groSolar, a national leader in solar distribution and installation, is pleased to announce that David Nichols has joined our rapidly expanding company as a Regional Account Manager for Northern California.

In his new role at groSolar, Nichols directs the company’s distribution activities and installer support programs in Northern California.  From his Sacramento office, he leads groSolar’s efforts  to deliver high value distribution, training, development services and support programs to Northern California solar dealers who sell and install residential and commercial PV and SHW systems.

Nichols brings to his position over 16 years of experience in sales, marketing, training and dealer development programs, and has held sales management positions at both Purcell Murray Company and Formica Corporation.  He is eager to apply his skills in the renewable energy marketplace.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work in the field of renewable energy,” says Nichols.  “groSolar is on the cutting edge of this industry and there’s nothing more satisfying than providing dealers with the products, tools and services needed to grow.” (Full Article)


Linkage Biosciences Secures Series A Financing

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Marketwire – Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – February 4, 2009) – Linkage Biosciences Inc., a developer of molecular diagnostic products designed to streamline complex genetic testing, has completed a Series A financing led by Greenhouse Capital Partners and James R. Fisher, managing member of Fisher Capital Corp. II LLC, a firm that works exclusively with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

The $2 million Series A funding round will be used to continue the development and marketing of Linkage Biosciences’ line of diagnostic products. The company’s proprietary molecular diagnostics technologies and innovations will address human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing for organ transplantation, while further development is underway on a portfolio of products in other areas of transplantation and various complex genetic disorders.

“Our unique advantages are speed and simplicity while achieving superior accuracy,” said Zachary Antovich, president and CEO of Linkage Biosciences. (Full Article)


MobiTV debuts new model of viewer engagement

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Broadcast Engineering – Carolyn Schuk

Last week at NATPE, in partnership with Intel and Lionsgate film studio, mobile and broadband TV provider MobiTV, Emeryville, CA, introduced its newest use of unique possibilities offered by mobile TV: using the return channel on a handset or mobile Internet device to let viewers interact directly with content.

“We’ve begun to explore interactive capabilities, and now we’ve taken what we know and brought it over into the technology we’ll be launching over the next year, two years,” said Jack Hallahan, MobiTV VP of advertising and branding. “It’s an interesting platform for advertising.”

MobiTV chose AMC’s “Mad Men” for its NATPE demo of the new feature: a loop showing snippets of the show in which viewers could interact with both the content and the advertising. (Full Article)