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sandy wall street

I work down on Wall Street where the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are the dozens of vacant buildings still being rehabbed from flooding. Those blackened windows don’t just mean displaced workers, they mean lost jobs and businesses.

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BrightSource

Watching President Obama sign the Jumpstart our Business Start-ups Act into law last week brought to mind a company I have followed since they filed a prospectus with the SEC to go public last year.  The night before its shares were to begin trading on the NASDAQ, a week after the president signed the law, BrightSource Energy cancelled the offering due to “adverse market conditions.”

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Concentrated solar power plant with tower

Concentrated solar power plant with tower

The champagne just keeps flowing at BrightSource Energy, along with cash to fund the construction of its massive thermal solar plant in the Mojave Desert.

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Installation of first solar panel, on rural Georgia phone pole, Oct. 4, 1955.

Installation of first solar panel, on rural Georgia phone pole, Oct. 4, 1955. Courtesy of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

 

There was an ad tonight during the  New York Jets’ football game against the Denver Broncos from  Jets’ sponsor Yingli Solar.

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superfund-site-nj

photo: Sites of NJ/flickr

I know I’m in New Jersey when I speed across the George Washington Bridge, merge onto the far right lane of  I-95, and an 18-wheeler rides up my bumper  honking and flashing their brights for me to GET OUT OF THE WAY.

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Solar panels over parking lot in Atlantic City

Solar parking lot, courtesy Atlantic City National Guard

My article today about a California solar gold rush to New Jersey had 118 tweets within an hour of posting at 6 a.m.
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Sunset, Monterrey Bay

Sunset, Monterrey Bay

On a recent visit to northern California, a man told me about going to a Lexus dealer looking for a hybrid.

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Solar panel installation in Branchburg, NJ

Solar panel installation in Branchburg, NJ

What started this year as a trickle has become a torrent of press releases from New Jersey businesses unveiling large solar installations.

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