It’s that time of the year - time for resolutions and action! We’ll help you with both by running down the latest news in the green economy:
- Gamesa Ships 1000th Nacelle from its Pennsylvania Plant: Gamesa Technology Corp. a global leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbine generators and the development and sale of wind farms, has announced the completion and shipment of its 1,000th nacelle manufactured at its Fairless Hills plant in southeastern Pennsylvania.Gamesa was the first overseas wind manufacturer to set up full production facilities in the United States, officially selecting Pennsylvania in September 2004 as the site for its U.S. headquarters, East Coast development office and two North American manufacturing facilities.
- Oil refiner chips in for wood-to-biofuel plant: After years of delays, biotech company Mascoma appears to have the funding to build a wood chip-to-ethanol plant. The company today said that fuel refiner and investor Valero Energy will create a joint venture to build a $232 million plant in Kinross, Mich. The plant will convert lumber used for paper into ethanol using Mascoma’s streamlined production process The companies said that the plant will be able to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year, which can be expanded to double that. Construction is expected to start in the next six months and be completed by the end of 2013.
- Cleantech Innovation Shines In Green Incubator: After an intense twelve weeks, featuring 200 hours of coaching, countless hours of brainstorming and product testing, and a helpful dose of financial support, the moment of truth arrived for the companies of Greenstart. In the San Francisco incubator’s first Investor Day each of the four companies got to pitch their ideas to more than 100 angel and venture capital investors in hopes of securing support before being flung from the nest.
- Solar Project Helps Veterans Gain Green Job Skills: Three Bay Area veterans committed to building sustainable communities and helping other vets make the transition to civilian jobs raised more than $7,000 to help sponsor a two-day, hands-on training for local veterans to install a solar electric system on the home of a low-income family in San Francisco’s Bayview district.
- Sustainability Program Gives Job Hunters Edge:Individuals looking for an edge securing jobs in the green industry are apparently finding it through the University of Colorado Boulder. The university offers a Sustainable Practices Program that provides individual courses and a professional certificate focused on issues often encountered in green jobs. Since the program’s start in 2007, more than 290 people have enrolled. Classes through the program are not for university credit, are open to the public and can be taken individually or as part of the professional certificate. The professional certificate requires 100 credit hours including three core classes: “Organizational Change for Sustainability,” “Communication Strategies for Sustainability” and “Tools and Techniques for Sustainability.”