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400 Megawatt Solar Plant Planned for Florida’s Panhandle

National Solar Power will invest $1.5 billion to build the Southeast’s largest solar power farm, a 400MW solar power farm in Florida’s Gadsden County capable of supplying clean, renewable power to some 32,000 homes. Around 400 construction phase and 120 permanent jobs are expected to be created.

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Video Interview: Foundation Source on How to raise $50k in 3 days

When the earthquake hit Japan this year, a $50k grant was given to International Medical Corporation in a matter of days to buy satellite phones to help with rescue communication. The grant came through Foundation Source , the nation’s largest foundation management platform, with over $4 billion in managed assets.  Over $3 million dollars are … Continued

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Conservation and Alternative Investment Groups Team Up to Back Forest Conservation Bond Market

WWF has joined the Global Canopy Program and the Climate Bonds Initiative in calling on governments help foster growth of a forest conservation bond market. Thirty billion dollars a year invested in forest conservation bonds would cut deforestation rates in half, thereby assuring that the world’s forests will continue to function as sinks that soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they assert.

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Hawaiian Group of VCs and Angel Investors is Serious About Impact Investing

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association met last week to discuss impact investing in the state. As a newcomer to the group, I was curious to see what all these traditional investors thought about the relatively new field of impact investing and sustainability. Bill Spencer, HVCA President led the discussion by hitting on many local issues … Continued

Is the World Bank Becoming a Voice for Climate Change Action?

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Bank and IMF is underway in Washington D.C.  At Thursday’s opening press conference, President Robert Zoellick made some remarks which seem to corroborate the Guardian’s recent report of leaked World Bank draft report entitles “Mobilizing Climate Finance.” The report urges rich countries to eliminate $50B a year in … Continued

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Two Emerging Models of Consumer Owned Utilities

For all the talk of emerging renewable energy technology, there has thus far been precious little movement in most of the world in terms of people getting their power directly from renewable energy sources. Options like PGE’s Green Source, and Bullfrog Power are good, but they are both indirect routes to greater renewable energy inclusion. Energy … Continued

Denim Industry Set to Revive Old Welsh Town

In western Wales, a small town charmingly called Cardigan with a population of 4000 once churned out 35,000 pairs of jeans every week for 30 years. Before the days of outsourcing, the last existing denim factory in Britain crafted the world’s finest dungarees. With the closure of the last denim factory in Britain, these craftsmen … Continued

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Video Interview: How Microplace Moves Users Beyond Giving

As generous as human beings are, an investment instrument will almost certainly bring more dollars than philanthropy. Can we direct this flow of capital for good? This year’s marquee sponsor for SOCAP is turning philanthropy on its head by providing impact investment options to the everyday investor. Instead of giving, users of Mircoplace can invest, … Continued

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Video Interview: Dave Chen, Equilibrium Capital Group

The assets essential for living are air, water and food.  How do we systematically invest in these, our most important assets?  In this interview at SOCAP 2011, Dave Chen, the founder of Equilibrium Capital Group talks about directing capital towards management funds in green real estate, land management, water, energy, agriculture and forestry.  His group … Continued

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Belgian Company Leads the Way in Landfill Mining

Landfill mining is a rapidly growing area of waste management that is proving to be extremely profitable. About 50 miles east of Brussels, at Houthalen-Helchteren lies the Remo Milieubeheer landfill which dates back to the 1960s. It consists of industrial waste, household garbage and other things that landfills normally have – basically 16.5 million tons … Continued

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Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast

Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima to rebuild the region’s energy infrastructure.

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CDP Global Forum’s Comprehensive Look at Sustainable Business

On Wednesday the Global Forum had an international gathering of business and political leaders in a unique virtual workshop-style discussion which focused on ways to create sustainable, profitable business growth around the world. The 2-hour meeting organized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The meeting took a realistic tone, bridging long-term vision with existing challenges. First, … Continued

Mission-driven entrepreneur business plan competition–deadline October 12th

An upcoming business plan competition hosted by The William James Foundation provides mission-driven entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for investment dollars, as well as many other prizes. Exclusively for mission-driven entrepreneurs, the competition’s volunteer judges (including yours truly!) provide feedback on entrants’ business plans. The William James Foundation’s Sustainable Business Plan Competition offers a total … Continued

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DOE Awards $15 Million for Electric Vehicle Adoption Programs

The DOE awarded ~$15 million for 16 projects in 24 states and DC ‘to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles across the nation and seven projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies.’

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RainSaucers Make Rainwater Harvesting More Accessible

I love reading about little innovations that make life easier for so many people with eco-friendly solutions. In the realm of water conservation, every drop is precious and rain water is one of the purest forms of water before it reaches the ground. It has long been used for non-potable uses and rain water harvesting … Continued