Earth2Tech Week in Review

The first ripples of the financial crisis are starting to be felt in the cleantech community. If the roller coaster on Wall Street captured you attention this week, we’ve got the cleantech headlines for you here.
10 Solar Startups to Watch at Solar Power International: The Solar Power International conference was this week and with 20,000 attendees it was touted as the largest solar gathering in U.S. history. Here are the companies you need to know.
Shai Agassi: Note to Next President, Better Place for U.S. Would Cost $100B: For $100 billion, Better Place could create an electric vehicle infrastructure that would place charging spots and battery swapping stations across the nation during the next president’s first term, Agassi said this week.
OptiSolar to Turn on Solar Power Soon: While OptiSolar, the solar photovoltaic startup that scored that massive deal with California utility PG&E, is remaining mum on the details of its technology, the company did confirm with us that it expects its solar power plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to start producing power before the end of the year.
What Tesla’s Restructuring Means for Cleantech: Tesla chairman and investor Elon Musk has taken over as CEO of the electric vehicle startup and will soon be conducting layoffs. While the moves are hardly unusual, they have particular significance for the cleantech industry in Silicon Valley.
Bloom Energy Licenses Modine’s Fuel-Cell Tech: Bloom Energy, the Kleiner Perkins-backed fuel-cell startup reported to “almost certainly have a commercial product ready within a year or two,” has licensed thermal management technology for $12 million from Modine Manufacturing.