Here’s the latest roundup of news from the green economy and work world:
- AM General to Build Hybrid Truck Platform for Bright Automotive: Bright Automotive has entered into an agreement for AM General to be Bright’s exclusive North American assembler for the Bright IDEA vehicle platform. The Bright IDEA is an all-new, plug-in hybrid electric work-truck which uses innovative technologies to provide businesses with a powerful new economic solution focused on the lowest total cost of ownership.
- GE to Supply 350 Wind Turbines to BP Wind Energy for Upcoming US Projects: Houston-based BP Wind Energy is purchasing 350 GE 1.6-megawatt (MW) wind turbines for U.S. wind farm projects being developed in 2011 and 2012. Total value of the equipment orders and a five-year services agreement is approximately $750 million. GE’s wind turbines will generate more than 560 megawatts of electrical power for the project.
- Suzlon Opens State-of-the-Art Training Center for Wind Technicians: Suzlon’s eco-friendly training facility will feature a 4,000-square-foot lab, an 8,000-square-foot wind-turbine training center and North America’s only fully operational wind turbine dedicated exclusively for training purposes. The training center is a new addition to Suzlon’s 64,000-square-foot central distribution center in Elgin, Illinois, which opened in October 2010.
- While Washington bickers, green tech goes local: GE plans to invest $600 million to build thin-film solar factory in Colorado solar panel factory in Aurora, Colo., based on thin-film technology originally developed at nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratories. The move comes amid ongoing political fighting in Washington, D.C., over the failure of bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which had received a $535 million federal loan guarantee to build a factory. What’s driving much of the green tech business activity now are state and regional policies, both in creating clusters of new companies and deploying wind and solar. But the effect is not widespread: a few states, including California, Oregon, and Massachusetts, are advancing clean-energy technologies while other regions idle.
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