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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series; “Renewable Energy- The Perfect Storm,

Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series; “Renewable Energy- The Perfect Storm,
A Transformation of the World’s Energy Infrastructure “

Michael Brush Audio with Michael Liebreich, head of the London-based clean energy research firm, New Energy Finance, Discussing Major Trends in Renewable Energy


POINT ROBERTS, Wash., Delta B.C., August 27, 2008 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water, provides interested investors a recent audio interview with Michael Liebreich, head of the London-based clean energy research firm New Energy Finance. Mr. Liebreich discusses the industry trends coming together all at once that have created a perfect storm in renewable energy for investors.

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Well-known financial columnist Michael Brush continues his renewable energy audio series for Renewableenergystocks.com with a recent interview with Michael Liebreich, head of the London-based clean energy research firm New Energy Finance.

Renewable Energy: “The Perfect Storm”

Michael Liebreich, head of the London-based clean energy research firm New Energy Finance, www.newenergyfinance.com offers an overview of what’s to come for the sector.

Mr. Liebreich commenting on trends and opportunities notes,” It’s really a perfect storm .It’s not just one or two small trends; it’s a transformation of the world’s energy infrastructure. The industry is going from high -carbon to low- carbon. “

“The drivers include climate change, oil depletion, energy security, deregulation, new technologies like nanomaterial , Biotech and information technologies which allow you to manage distributed energy resources in a way we couldn’t 15 years ago. All these trends coming together at once create an enormously powerful transformation and opportunities to invest.”

To hear the full Audio file: click here:
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Michael Brush writes a weekly market column for MSN Money. Mr. Brush has also covered business and investing for the New York Times, Money magazine and the Economist Group.
Michael also writes the Insiders Corner Exclusively for Investorideas.com.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Green Investor Audio with Professor Colin Oloman, Inventor of the ERC carbon capture technology, on behalf of Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG )

Renewable Energy Stocks Green Investor Audio with Professor Colin Oloman, Inventor of the ERC carbon capture technology, on behalf of Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG )

“ERC Carbon Capture Technology Represents Alternative or Add- on to Carbon Sequestration”


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –August 21, 2008 Investorideas.com and www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com, a leading investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com, present an audio interview with Professor Colin Oloman, inventor of the ERC (Electro Reduction of Carbon Dioxide) carbon capture technology, on behalf of Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG ).

Professor Colin Oloman describes the scope and potential and applications for the technology.” The process turns carbon dioxide into useful products instead of burying it underground. It is an alternative or add- on to carbon sequestration. The applications include the production of industrial chemicals and liquid fuels such as formic acid.”

“Liquid fuels such as formic acid can potentially be used as carbon neutral regenerated fuel systems with fuel cells that are driven by non- fossil sources. These carbon neutral systems could be a key to tackling the problem of global warming.”

He also outlines the next phases of development for the technology from Mantra’s lab in Richmond B.C., to a much bigger stage of building a plant in the future.

To hear audio: http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.investorideas.com/podcasts/2008/081308a.mp3

The Mantra ERC technology was also recently featured in North American Clean Energy Magazine http://www.nacleanenergy.com/
Previous Mantra audio available: Larry Kristof Elaborates on Green Incubator Model of Carbon Capture, Cellulosic Ethanol and Recent China Venture. CEO Larry Kristof is joined by Mr. Fred Enga of Northwind Ethanol, Mantra’s joint venture partner for the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. To hear the full audio interview click here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.investorideas.com/podcasts/2008/081208a.mp3
About Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG-FSE: EDV 5MV)
Mantra, through its group of sustainable energy, carbon reduction and consumer product subsidiaries, is active in the green technology marketplace with an innovative, multi-faceted approach focused on profitability through sustainability. By aggressively seeking out new technologies and innovating solutions for a cleaner earth for everyone, Mantra intends to provide a highly profitable and environmentally responsible investment for its shareholders.
For a list of company projects: http://www.mantraenergy.com/projects/index.php
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ethanol: Is it coming or going?

Ethanol: Is it coming or going?

August 20, 2008- Investorideas.com

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Column by Paulo Nery Exclusively for Investorideas.com


I’ve been an ethanol skeptic for quite some time now. The basic problem lies in the use of corn as the principal feedstock. Converting a large proportion of our food supplies into driving fuel tends to pressure the commodity market and increases the price. With corn being ubiquitous in processed foods (corn starch, dextrose, fructose, the list goes on) it increases costs across the board. But with the recent performance of Verasun Energy, perhaps I need to modify my view, or at least re-examine it.

Verasun (VSE) reported its quarterly numbers on August 12th and came in at 16 cents per share, well above analysts’ expectations of 2 cents. Its profits grew an impressive 58% due to higher production volumes and the higher prices they could charge in line with higher oil prices. While their raw material costs increased more than the prices they could charge for ethanol, they more than made up for that in increased volume of business.

According to Verasun’s CEO, Don Edres, part of what’s driving increased business for ethanol producers is the great economics of ethanol for marketers. The fact that they can earn margins of around 25 cents for ethanol-blended gasoline, compared to less than 10 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline is a real incentive for marketers and blenders. Part of that difference is made up of a 51 cent blender’s credit and part from the higher per gallon margins on ethanol, which are around 70 cents now.

Another big player in ethanol is Aventine (AVR) reported its quarterly earnings on July 31st. While they experienced record sales, profits fell to a loss of 5 cents per share compared to a year ago figure of 30 cents profit per share. Discounting for its one-time loss connected with auction rate securities, the company would have earned 16 cents per share, which beat the expectations of 12 cents. They also cited higher corn costs as a factor in the lowered profits.

A third player in the market, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) reported its quarterly earnings on August 11th and missed with a 23 cent per share loss compared to a 3 cent per share profit a year ago. The loss came in spite of a 74% increase in revenues and a 52% increase in sales volume versus the previous year. As with Aventine, higher corn costs were a factor. Pacific Ethanol had paid 67% more this quarter for their corn than the previous year. Their business model however places plants in locations like Colorado, Oregon and California which, while close to the end market, adds transport cost to the raw material.

All of this news and activity makes me wonder again about the longer-term viability of ethanol. It has many critics, but it has many strident supporters too. Once production can switch to non-food sources as raw material then the main problems evaporate. Hence, cellulosic ethanol looks like the story to follow. The potential of converting huge quantities of low value bio waste into fuel is simply fantastic. What’s more green than getting value out of rubbish and displacing something more toxic at the same time?

The Earth Policy Institute, which is a frequent critic of corn based ethanol, calculated in June 2005 that just one third of agricultural residues like stalks and straw would yield 14.5 billion gallons per year – more than twice current production.

Already a handful of companies are building cellulosic ethanol plants.

Range Fuels announced in March this year that they had completed $100 million in series B financing to complete the construction of a cellulosic plant in Soperton, Georgia. Plans are for the plant to be completed in 2009.

Poet LLC, announced recently that they will have a 20,000 gallon per year pilot plant operational by the end of the year. This will help them perfect their processes for the commercial plant they expect to be operational in Emmetsburg, Iowa by 2011.

Verenium (VRNM) has just agreed a venture with BP who will invest $90 million to develop technologies and refineries to produce cellulosic ethanol. Verenium had opened a $70 million demonstration plant in May which can produce 1.4 million gallons per year from switchgrass, wood products and other bio-mass. They’re now setting up a pilot plant and expect production to start in the fourth quarter of this year. They too plan for a commercially viable plant in operation by 2011 which should be capable of producing 30 million gallons per year.

Coskata, say they are building a 40,000 gallon demonstration facility near Pittsburgh. The company claims they will be able to produce cellulosic ethanol for less than $1 per gallon. They recently raised $19.5 million in a second round of funding for the project which is expected to begin delivering product in early 2009.

The Alternative Energy Technology Center, (AETE) has matched Coskata’s claim saying they too can market cellulosic ethanol for less than $1 per gallon – half the cost of corn ethanol. They announced in March that they are in the "completion phase" of designing and building a biorefining system that will make 20-100 tons of ethanol, gasoline, diesel and other products per day. That’s roughly 50,000-250,000 gallons per year.

Finally, BlueFire Ethanol (BFRE), having been granted permits in July, will soon begin construction on its first commercial plant next to a Southern California landfill. They expect to be delivering up to 3.2 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol, starting in June next year.

One of the big challenges with cellulosic ethanol is collecting and sorting the feedstock. In the case of agricultural waste like stalks, it’s typically left on the field. New systems and processes need to be developed to capture these materials for processing. Some of the easiest material to obtain now are corn cobs, which several companies are using to start up operations. BlueFire’s approach is to site next to landfill sites that already separate out bio-mass waste.

Many of the companies mentioned here are privately held. And those that are listed are Over-The-Counter listings that trade thinly. The safer investments in the ethanol space remain the larger players, most of whom have yet to say much at all about cellulosic ethanol.


Paulo J. Nery
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Disclaimer: Nothing in the above article in no way constitutes a recommendation to buy or invest in these or any other stocks. You should always seek professional financial advice when planning your investments or trading in the stock markets.
Investorideas.com disclaimer: Mr. Nery is an independent columnist for this web site.

Global Policy and Investing Trends in Green Energy

Global Policy and Investing Trends in Green Energy

Investorideas.com Ongoing Green Investor Audio Series with Michael Brush Gives Insight into Sector with Leading Renewable Energy Experts


POINT ROBERTS, Wash., Delta B.C., August 20, 2008 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water, is pleased to provide interested investors a recent audio interview with Eric Martinot of the Institute for Sustainable Energy in Tokyo.

Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series
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Global Policy and Investing Trends in Green Energy

Well-known financial columnist Michael Brush continues his renewable energy audio series for Renewableenergystocks.com with a recent interview with Eric Martinot of the Institute for Sustainable Energy in Tokyo.

Before joining the Institute for Sustainable Energy in Tokyo, Eric Martinot worked on renewable energy issues at the World Bank for six years. In this interview, he offers an outlook on trends in government policies towards green energy around the globe, and financing and technology trends in the sector.

To hear the full interview Audio file: click here:
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Michael Brush writes a weekly market column for MSN Money. Mr. Brush has also covered business and investing for the New York Times, Money magazine and the Economist Group.
Michael also writes the Insiders Corner Exclusively for Investorideas.com.

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www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com is one of several green investor portals within Investorideas.com and provides investors with stock news, exclusive articles and financial columnists, audio interviews, investor conferences and a directory of stocks within the renewable energy sector.
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Disclaimer: Our sites do not make recommendations. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. We attempt to research thoroughly, but we offer no guarantees as to the accuracy of information presented. All Information relating to featured companies is sourced from public documents and/ or the company and is not the opinion of our web sites. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions and online advertising.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Renewable Energy Stocks Green Investor Audio Interview with

Renewable Energy Stocks Green Investor Audio Interview with
Tom Djokovich, CEO of Thin Film Solar Company, XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX)

“We’ve designed our solar modules specifically for the electrical utilities scale market”


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC—August 19, 2008 -- www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com,
a leading investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com, presents a green investor audio interview with Tom Djokovich, CEO of XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX). XsunX, Inc is a solar technology Company engaged in the build-out of its multi-megawatt thin film photovoltaic solar manufacturing facilities.

In the interview, Tom Djokovich, CEO of XsunX discusses the company’s business model, the thin film solar technology, recent progress, market drivers and current bids and proposals in the pipeline.

“A year ago we designed a solar module and a manufacturing system to produce it. In January we began building a manufacturing facility near Portland Oregon. To start, we will build about 25 megawatts of production capacity, which represents approximately 200,000 marketable solar panels per year, and then grow that capacity to 35 megawatts by improving our system performance and adding work shifts. We then plan to begin efforts to scale to 100 megawatts of manufacturing capacity by some time in 2010”, Tom Djokovich summarizes in describing his business model.

According to Mr. Djokovich, “Our modules are designed for the electrical utilities scale market where thousands of solar modules are used in each power field. We have started bidding projects for utilities and government agencies to install our modules. The second part of our target market is the conventional installer and integrator where we have received significant requests for purchases of our modules in 2009 and later.”

In addressing the opportunity, Mr. Djokovich notes “The electrical market is enormous. To keep up with demand, the utilities are reaching out for new power production methods that are clean and safe. Long term, these power fields are great investments that can provide a 5 year payback on the average installation and then you have 15 years of cash flow with low operating costs. We see this trend picking up significantly and have positioned ourselves to take advantage of this opportunity.”

To hear full audio interview click here:
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Featured Showcase Solar Company XsunX (OTCBB: XSNX): Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., XsunX is developing amorphous silicon thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) solar cell manufacturing processes to produce TFPV solar modules. To deliver its products the Company has begun to build a multi- megawatt TFPV solar module production facility in the United States to meet the growing demand for solar cell products used in large scale commercial projects, utility power fields, and other on-grid applications. Employing a phased roll out of production capacity, it plans to grow manufacturing capacities to over 100 megawatts by 2010. More info on XsunX, Inc. can be found on our media profile at: http://www.investorideas.com/co/xsnx/default.asp or http://www.xsunx.com/

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"One of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water sectors." InvestorIdeas.com is a leading global investor and industry research resource portal specialized in sector investing covering over thirty industry sectors and global markets including China, India, Middle East and Australia.

Disclaimer: Our sites do not make recommendations. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. We attempt to research thoroughly, but we offer no guarantees as to the accuracy of information presented. All Information relating to featured companies is sourced from public documents and/ or the company and is not the opinion of our web sites. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions and online advertising. XsunX compensate the website $5000 per month.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Leaf Completes a $10 Million Investment in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

Leaf Completes a $10 Million Investment in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

HOUSTON, Aug 18, 2008 -- Leaf Clean Energy Company ("Leaf") (AIM: LEAF: ), an AIM listed company incorporated for the purpose of investing in clean energy companies and projects in North America, is pleased to announce the completion of a $10 million Series A preferred stock financing in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. ("MaxWest").
MaxWest seeks to deploy proprietary waste-to-energy gasification technology using a variety of waste streams including municipal solid sludge, agricultural waste and other biomass-based material. The MaxWest gasification system represents a low cost, environmentally friendly solution that is an alternative to traditional waste disposal and provides a source of clean renewable energy. Within the wastewater treatment market, MaxWest believes it is first to market with a comprehensive, onsite, commercial-grade waste disposal system utilizing biosolids streams to produce renewable energy.
The MaxWest system is uniquely modular and scalable and has been proven commercially at five different sites throughout North America. The Company will enter into long term contracts to build, own and operate these facilities under waste disposal and/or energy supply contracts with its customers. Peter Tom, Chairman of Leaf, said: "This investment in MaxWest further balances Leaf's portfolio with unique waste-to-energy technologies and capital project opportunities. Now, with Leaf's other investments, the Leaf portfolio includes investments across a spectrum of clean energy, including waste-to-energy, biomass energy, alternative fuels, solar energy and hydroelectric."

Simon Shaw, Director of Energy & Climate Advisors, said: "With environmental concerns high on the political agenda, Leaf is enthused to be backing a company such as MaxWest that offers a real solution to how we best deal with society's waste and energy predicaments."

Dan Shapiro, Director of Energy & Climate Advisors, said: "MaxWest represents a unique entry into the emerging waste-to-energy market and provides customers with an option to lower energy costs while reducing environmental impacts associated with traditional waste disposal methods."
Richard Heien, President of MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., said: "MaxWest is extremely pleased to have a company the caliber of Leaf Clean Energy as a strategic investor. Leaf's commitment to MaxWest provides further confirmation of our gasification technology and its application in the biomass waste markets. This investment will allow the Company to accelerate the integration of its technology into these markets and advance the Company's mission of turning today's waste problems into tomorrow's green, renewable energy."

SOURCE: MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. For MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., HoustonThe Environmental PR GroupKelly Diedring, 813-948-6400Kelly@eprgroup.com

Leaf Completes a $10 Million Investment in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

Leaf Completes a $10 Million Investment in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

HOUSTON, Aug 18, 2008 -- Leaf Clean Energy Company ("Leaf") (AIM: LEAF: ), an AIM listed company incorporated for the purpose of investing in clean energy companies and projects in North America, is pleased to announce the completion of a $10 million Series A preferred stock financing in MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. ("MaxWest").
MaxWest seeks to deploy proprietary waste-to-energy gasification technology using a variety of waste streams including municipal solid sludge, agricultural waste and other biomass-based material. The MaxWest gasification system represents a low cost, environmentally friendly solution that is an alternative to traditional waste disposal and provides a source of clean renewable energy. Within the wastewater treatment market, MaxWest believes it is first to market with a comprehensive, onsite, commercial-grade waste disposal system utilizing biosolids streams to produce renewable energy.
The MaxWest system is uniquely modular and scalable and has been proven commercially at five different sites throughout North America. The Company will enter into long term contracts to build, own and operate these facilities under waste disposal and/or energy supply contracts with its customers. Peter Tom, Chairman of Leaf, said: "This investment in MaxWest further balances Leaf's portfolio with unique waste-to-energy technologies and capital project opportunities. Now, with Leaf's other investments, the Leaf portfolio includes investments across a spectrum of clean energy, including waste-to-energy, biomass energy, alternative fuels, solar energy and hydroelectric."

Simon Shaw, Director of Energy & Climate Advisors, said: "With environmental concerns high on the political agenda, Leaf is enthused to be backing a company such as MaxWest that offers a real solution to how we best deal with society's waste and energy predicaments."

Dan Shapiro, Director of Energy & Climate Advisors, said: "MaxWest represents a unique entry into the emerging waste-to-energy market and provides customers with an option to lower energy costs while reducing environmental impacts associated with traditional waste disposal methods."
Richard Heien, President of MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., said: "MaxWest is extremely pleased to have a company the caliber of Leaf Clean Energy as a strategic investor. Leaf's commitment to MaxWest provides further confirmation of our gasification technology and its application in the biomass waste markets. This investment will allow the Company to accelerate the integration of its technology into these markets and advance the Company's mission of turning today's waste problems into tomorrow's green, renewable energy."

SOURCE: MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. For MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., HoustonThe Environmental PR GroupKelly Diedring, 813-948-6400Kelly@eprgroup.com

Renewable Energy Stocks Green Investor Podcast, with CEO of Industrial Biotechnology Corporation, Focusing on Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol

Renewable Energy Stocks Green Investor Podcast, with CEO of Industrial Biotechnology Corporation, Focusing on Brazilian Sugarcane Based Ethanol Chemicals and Fuels

“A strong demand and interest for renewable packaging solutions”


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC August 18, 2008 www.Renewableenergystocks.com,
a leading investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com, presents a green investor podcast with Andy Badolato, CEO of Industrial Biotechnology Corporation (OTCPK: IBOT).

Industrial Biotechnology Corporation (OTCPK: IBOT), utilizes sugarcane ethanol for energy solutions and environmentally friendly chemicals for consumer packaging, energy, agricultural, pesticides, materials and polymer industries.

Mr. Badolato discusses the Company's two operating subsidiaries, Renewable Chemicals Corporation that utilizes sugarcane feedstock as an alternative to petroleum based chemicals and
Renewable Fuels of America Inc., an importer and distributor of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol to targeted coastal areas.

According to Mr. Badolato, “The company’s current business models root were developing commercial biological technologies and solutions for the chemical industry. In the marketplace we became aware of the growing trends towards sustainable eco-efficient solutions using renewable resources. We saw a real need and opportunity for the next wave, after the use of ethanol as an alternative fuels, for bio-renewable chemicals. There is a strong demand and interest for renewable packaging solutions. Wal-Mart (Market, News) for example, has initiated and pioneered a very strong sustainability initiative that focuses on reducing packaging and adherence to sustainable practices.”

In elaborating on his current partners, “We went about developing partners and providers in the supply chain to deliver bio-renewable chemicals. We met Cosan SA (Market, News) approximately a year ago. Cosan is the world’s largest processor of sugarcane ethanol, which happens to be 7-8 times more efficient than corn feedstock, has significantly less carbon impact, and is not a competing food source”

Updating Renewable Fuels of America Inc., Mr. Badolato notes, “We anticipate revenues shortly and are in process of negotiating final agreements. We have identified distributors, storage facilities, and of course have supply in place with Cosan. “

To hear full audio click here:
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About Industrial Biotechnology Corporation (OTCPK: IBOT): Industrial Biotechnology Corporation provides products, services and technologies using renewable resources as an alternative to petroleum. IBC utilizes sugarcane based ethanol which is considered the leading cost efficient, energy balanced and environmentally sustainable feedstock source, when compared to petroleum and other alternative fuels. IBC will provide these cost competitive, environmentally responsible solutions via its operating subsidiaries Renewable Chemicals Corporation (RCC) and Renewable Fuels of America Corporation (RFAC).

For more information on Industrial Biotechnology Corporation visit the Investorideas.com showcase at: http://www.investorideas.com/CO/IBOT/Default.asp and the company’s website at: http://www.industrialbiotechnology.com/

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www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com® is one of several green investor portals within Investorideas.com and provides investors with stock news, exclusive articles and financial columnists, audio interviews, investor conferences and a directory of stocks within the renewable energy sector.

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About InvestorIdeas.com:
"One of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water sectors." InvestorIdeas.com is a leading global investor and industry research resource portal specialized in sector investing covering over thirty industry sectors and global markets including China, India, Middle East and Australia.

Disclaimer: Our sites do not make recommendations, but offer information portals to research news, articles, stock lists and recent research. Nothing on our sites should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell products or securities. We attempt to research thoroughly, but we offer no guarantees as to the accuracy of information presented. All Information relating to featured companies is sourced from public documents and/ or the company and is not the opinion of our web sites. This site is currently compensated by featured companies, news submissions and online advertising. Disclosure: Industrial Biotechnology Corporation: $5000 per month for green investor showcase program #1. Additional compensation - 150,000 144 shares over 12 month period issued quarterly.
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Source: RenewableEnergyStocks.com, Industrial Biotechnology Corporation

Friday, August 15, 2008

Investorideas.com Water Stocks Podcast; Neil Berlant Updates Performance of the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) and opportunities within the Water Industry


Investorideas.com Water Stocks Podcast; Neil Berlant Updates Performance of the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) and opportunities within the Water Industry

Water Stocks Sector Dominated by Individual Investors, Not Institutions

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –August 15, 2008 www.Water-Stocks.com, an investor and industry portal for the water sector within Investorideas.com, presents an” investing in water” podcast with Neil Berlant, Fund Manager of the PFW Water Fund updating the performance of the PFW Water Fund and the growth in the water sector.

According to Neil Berlant , “The PFW Water Fund is considerably out-performing both its peers in the industry and the general stock market. The industry as an investment arena is getting a great deal more attention.”

Mr. Berlant expounds on the problems and opportunities in the water industry and how this comes together as the largest business area we have in our life.

To listen to the interview http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.investorideas.com/podcasts/2008/081408b.mp3
To hear previous audios from Neil Berlant and other water experts: http://www.investorideas.com/ws/
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About Neil Berlant:
Fund Manager of the PFW Water Fund - PFW Water A (PFWAX)
Since 1968, Neil has been continuously involved in the investment banking industry, either as a principal, officer, or founder of several firms. He has supervised and initiated the publication of numerous investment research reports on the water industry and conducted conferences directed towards top corporate management, the investment community, and venture capitalists. He has been a speaker at conferences on topics ranging from financing, to business and investment opportunities in the water industry. In addition, he has consulted to Fortune 500 companies and participated in negotiations concerning mergers, acquisitions, and venture capital investments. He is quoted frequently in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and is a frequent water expert on CNBC.

About InvestorIdeas.com:

"One of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water sectors." InvestorIdeas.com is a leading global investor and industry research resource portal specialized in sector investing covering over thirty industry sectors and global markets including China, India, Middle East and Australia.

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Source: Water-Stocks.com

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mantra Venture Group Enters into LOI with China Based Manufacturer of Outdoor Solar Lights, LED Lights, Solar Power Home Generation Systems, Wind & So

Mantra Venture Group Enters into LOI with China Based Manufacturer of Outdoor Solar Lights, LED Lights, Solar Power Home Generation Systems, Wind & Solar Hybrid Power Systems

Mantra China Ltd. Enters into Agreement with E.S.D. Environmental
Protection and Technology Co., Ltd.

OTCBB: MVTG FRANKFURT: 5MV

SEATTLE, Aug. 14 - Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG - FSE: 5MV) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to enter into Exclusive Distribution Agreement with E.S.D. Environmental Protection and Technology Co., Ltd. ("E.S.D.") of the Peoples Republic of China. The Exclusive Distribution Agreement will allow Mantra to bring a number of innovative new products into the North American marketplace. These products are of interest to Mantra because they will contribute to a cleaner, greener world and to the reduction of carbon dioxide from day-to-day human activities.

E.S.D.(website: http://www.donghailongcn.com) is located in Dongguan, Guangdong, mainland China, approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Hong Kong. E.S.D. has over 800 employees, including a team of highly qualified engineers and photovoltaic experts. They are one of the leading supplies of solar products and stay on the cutting edge of designing and manufacturing renewable solar energy products. E.S.D. develops and manufactures innovative outdoor solar lights, LED lights, solar power home generation systems, wind and solar hybrid power systems, solar charge controllers and other related products. These products cover over 50 product lines with more than 200 products. These products generate annual revenues of approximately US $30 million.

The Letter of Intent is entered into with Mantra China Ltd., a subsidiary of Mantra.

Mr. Dan Funaro, a member of Mantra's Corporate Advisory Board has traveled to China a number of times to establish the relationship and to explore how Mantra will work with its partner. "This is not about specific products, it is about creating a two-way communication channel about green, sustainable, renewable products that will benefit both parties over the years", he said.

Mantra China will selectively import chosen products which it sees as value to the North American market and will ensure that they are reviewed, tested and approved for use in North America. These products will then be launched, and subsequently driven to achieve their niche in the marketplace. In addition, Mantra China will represent the various other Mantra subsidiaries in taking their new "green" technologies generated by Mantra in North America, into China.

Larry Kristof, Mantra's C.E.O., commented "in making this agreement with E.S.D. we have become aware of the remarkable resources that exists in this company and in China generally. We intend to mine the innovative technologies being developed there and to ensure their exposure to the wider world. This is true two-way trade, and it supports the Mantra vision: sustainable, renewable and profitable."

More info on the Mantra's China subsidiary, as well as updates on all other projects within Mantra's portfolio, can be heard in a recent audio interview. Investorideas.com interviews C.E.O. Larry Kristof, with added insight provided by Fred Enga of Northwind Ethanol. Audio: http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.investorideas.com/podcasts/2008/081208a.mp3

About Mantra:

Mantra, through its group of sustainable energy, carbon reduction and consumer product subsidiaries, is active in the green technology marketplace with an innovative, multi-faceted approach focused on profitability through sustainability. By aggressively seeking out new technologies and innovating solutions for a cleaner earth for everyone, Mantra intends to provide a highly profitable, socially and environmentally responsible investment for its shareholders.

Mantra is a public company quoted on the OTC BB under the symbol MVTG and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 5MV. For more information please visit us at www.mantraenergy.com.

Mantra is encouraging and enabling investors to make environmental consumer choices with a free environmental bag. Sign up here: http://www.mantraenergy.com/tools-and-utilities/free-bag.html

Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties. See Mantra Venture Group's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission which identify specific factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

Profitability Through Sustainability

Mantra Venture Group Ltd. is a featured Company on Investorideas.com Green portals, China portal.

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Contact:
Terry Johnston,
Investor Relations,
Phone: (604) 267-3022,
Email: tjohnston@mantraenergy.com,
Website: http://www.mantraenergy.com

Source: Mantra Venture Group Ltd.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Investorideas.com Greentech Newsfeeds is Fastest Growing News Feed on site; Wind Stock News, Solar News, Biofuel News, Green Building News

Investorideas.com Greentech Newsfeeds is Fastest Growing News Feed on site; Wind Stock News, Solar News, Biofuel News, Green Building News

Global Green Marketplace- Matching Business and Investors leads as fastest growing segment of Marketplace


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –August 12, 2008 -www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com, a leading global investor and industry portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com reports the fast growing news feed on its site is the Renewable energy greentech news feed, currently passing the Investorideas.com newswire in terms of site traffic and traction. Additionally, the Global Green Marketplace that provides a service for investors and businesses in the sector is the fastest growing segment in the Marketplace.

InvestorIdeas.com was one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water sectors.

“We are seeing first hand that renewable and greentech investment interest is a strong long term trend that will around for years to come “, states founder Dawn Van Zant.

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Clear Skies Solar Awarded Contract in Larissa, Greece Valued at Approximately US $1 Million

Clear Skies Solar Awarded Contract in Larissa, Greece Valued at Approximately US $1 Million

International Expansion Begins With Initial 150kW Contract

NEW YORK - Clear Skies Solar, Inc. (OTCBB: CSKH), a leading developer and provider of solar power solutions, today announced the awarding of a 150kW solar contract through its newly established partnership in Greece with Larissa-based, Aspen Energy. This project is valued at approximately US $1 million.

“The key in any good clean energy relationship is having local knowledge and combining that with technical expertise and efficiency; that’s exactly the type of partnership Clear Skies and Aspen Energy are bringing to the Greek solar industry,” said Clear Skies Solar Chairman and CEO, Ezra Green. “There’s no question, Greece is one of the most progressive ‘solar-minded’ countries today. Their current environment of available grants and favorable feed-in tariffs, presented a great opportunity for Clear Skies. We fully expect that this 150kW contract will be the first of many great solar energy opportunities in the region.”

This contract covers a 150kW project which will consist of a ground mounted system covering approximately 1-acre and is expected to generate approximately 180,000 kW hours of electricity per year. It will prevent 176,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year and, with financing pre-arranged, the anticipated start date is early October pending final permitting.

About Clear Skies Solar

Clear Skies Solar, Inc. (CSS), through its wholly owned subsidiary, provides full-service renewable energy solutions to commercial, industrial, and agricultural clients domestically and internationally. CSS was incorporated in 2003 and launched formal operations in 2005. During that time period, CSS developed its proprietary systems, obtained licenses and certifications, and acquired technologies that could maximize the impact of its construction expertise on the renewable energy sector. CSS has become one of the premier solar electric installation companies in the country. For more information about CSS, visit www.ClearSkiesSolar.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the Company's actual operating results to be materially different from any historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe these risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements that contain terms such as "believes," "belief," "expects," "expect," "intends," "intend," "anticipate," "anticipates," "plans," "plan," to be uncertain and forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with Securities and Exchange Commission.

Clear Skies Holdings, Inc. is a featured Company on Investorideas.com Green portals.

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Contact:
For Clear Skies Solar, Inc.
Media Inquiries:
Laura Finlayson, 201-488-0049
laura@avalanchepr.com
or
PR Financial Marketing
Investor Relations:
Jim Blackman, 713-256-0369
jim@prfmonline.com

Source: Clear Skies Solar, Inc.

LDK Solar Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2008-Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 were $441.7 million, up 89.2% from $

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 11 /2008 -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, today reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.

All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars on a U.S. GAAP basis.

Second Quarter 2008 Financial Highlights: -- Revenue of $441.7 million, up 89.2% quarter-over-quarter; -- Annualized wafer production capacity reached 880 MW by end of June; -- Signed nine long-term wafer supply agreements year-to-date; -- Total wafer shipments increased 60.8% to 191.7 MW during the quarter; and -- Gross profit margin for the quarter was 25.4%.

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 were $441.7 million, up 89.2% from $233.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, and up 345.9% year-over-year from $99.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2007.

Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $112.3 million, up 73.9% from $64.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, and up 221.8% year-over-year from $34.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2007. Gross profit margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was 25.4% compared with 27.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 and 35.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2007. Operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $100.3 million, up 90.9% from $52.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, and up 225.4% year-over-year from $30.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2007. Operating profit margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was 22.7% compared with 22.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 and 31.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2007.

Income tax expense for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $13.3 million. One of our operating subsidiaries in the PRC, after the first two years of exemptions, is now subject to the tax rate of 12.5% under the PRC Enterprise Income Tax Law that became effective on January 1, 2008.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $149.5 million, or $1.29 per diluted ADS, compared to net income of $49.8 million, or $0.45 per diluted ADS for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

LDK Solar ended the second quarter of fiscal 2008 with $83.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and with $261.9 million in pledged bank deposits.

"We experienced substantial revenue growth during the second quarter as our wafer capacity expansion exceeded our expectations," stated Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar. "We were also pleased to introduce our first Nova wafers using Upgraded Metallurgical Silicon (UMG), which began shipping to certain customers, ahead of schedule during the quarter. Customer demand remains strong and we have signed nine long-term wafer supply agreements year-to-date, further diversifying our customer base. In response to our sales backlog, we are again raising our target annualized capacity to 1.2 GW by the end of 2008, 2.2 GW by the end of 2009 and 3.2 GW by the end of 2010."

"We are pleased with our continued success of executing our growth strategies. In addition to our wafer capacity expansion, tremendous progress has been made to date on the construction of our polysilicon plants and the project remains on schedule," concluded Mr. Peng.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking in nature, and the actual results may differ materially. You should read the "Safe Harbor Statement" below with respect to the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2008, LDK Solar estimates its revenue to be in the range of $486 million to $496 million with wafer shipments between 210 MW to 220 MW. LDK Solar also updated its outlook for the full year of fiscal 2008. For the full year of fiscal 2008, LDK Solar currently estimates:

-- Revenue to be in the range of $1.65 billion to $1.75 billion; -- Wafer shipments in the range of 750 MW to 770 MW; -- Gross margin in the range of 23% to 28%; and -- Annualized wafer production capacity to be 1.2 GW by the end of 2008.

Conference Call Details

The LDK Solar Second Quarter 2008 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), on Monday, August 11, 2008. To listen to the live conference call, please dial 800-366-3908 (within U.S.) or 303-205-0033 (outside U.S.) at 4:50 p.m. ET on August 11, 2008. An audio replay of the call will be available to investors through August 14, 2008, by dialing 800-405-2236 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3000 (outside U.S.) and entering the passcode 11117794#.



LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information (In US$'000, except share and per share data)

6/30/2008 3/31/2008 Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 83,742 93,705 Pledged bank deposits 261,934 142,086 Trade accounts receivable, net 34,964 8,905 Inventories, net 656,202 519,594 Prepayments to suppliers 253,806 206,330 Other current assets 48,830 39,187 Deferred income tax assets 1,307 658 Total current assets 1,340,785 1,010,465 Property, plant and equipment, net 705,784 501,078 Deposit for property, plant and equipments 222,400 200,725 Intangible asset, net 1,103 1,109 Land use rights 78,946 64,612 Inventories to be processed beyond one year, net 10,529 21,401 Prepayments to suppliers to be utilized beyond one year 20,538 20,534 Pledged bank deposits - non-current 33,444 30,020 Convertible senior notes issuance costs 10,530 - Other financial assets 3,196 2,794 Deferred income tax assets 596 368 Total assets 2,427,851 1,853,106

Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities Short-term bank borrowings 375,634 313,933 Trade accounts payable 67,003 37,465 Advance payments from customers 242,962 231,089 Accrued expenses and other payables 166,994 137,525 Income tax payable 5,293 4,466 Other financial liabilities 6,213 7,577 Total current liabilities 864,099 732,055 Long-term bank borrowings, excluding current portions 99,158 37,795 Convertible senior notes 400,000 - Advance payments from customers - non-current 364,706 301,313 Other liabilities 2,252 2,164 Total liabilities 1,730,215 1,073,327 Shareholders' equity

Ordinary shares: US$0.10 par value; 499,580,000 shares authorized; 106,478,033 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2008 and March 31, 2008 10,648 10,648 Additional paid-in capital 238,555 494,358 Statutory reserve 18,697 18,697 Accumulated other comprehensive income 84,340 60,214 Retained earnings 345,396 195,862 Total shareholders' equity 697,636 779,779

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 2,427,851 1,853,106



LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Information (In US$'000, except per ADS data)

For the 3 Months Ended 6/30/2008 3/31/2008

Net sales 441,665 233,399

Cost of goods sold (329,372) (168,831) Gross profit 112,293 64,568 Selling expenses (599) (481) General and administrative expenses (10,956) (11,185) Research and development expenses (437) (371) Total operating expenses (11,992) (12,037) Income from operations 100,301 52,531 Other income/(expenses): Interest income 1,698 1,326 Interest expense (10,197) (5,254) Foreign currency exchange gain, net 5,823 5,339 Government subsidy 4,347 4,521 Change in fair value of prepaid forward contracts 60,028 - Others 856 (126) Income before income tax 162,856 58,337 Income tax (expenses)/benefit (13,322) (8,511) Net income available to ordinary shareholders 149,534 49,826

Net income per ADS, Diluted $1.29 $0.45

About LDK Solar

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to solar cell and module manufacturers. LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. Its office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, LDK Solar's ability to raise additional capital to finance its activities; the effectiveness, profitability, and marketability of its products; the future trading of its securities; its ability to operate as a public company; the period of time for which its current liquidity will enable it to fund its operations; its ability to protect its proprietary information; general economic and business conditions; the volatility of its operating results and financial condition; its ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; and other risks detailed in LDK Solar's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about LDK Solar and the industry. These statements are based upon information available to LDK Solar's management as of the date hereof. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of certain risks and uncertainties. This press release also contains forward looking statements about the progress of LDK Solar's construction of its polysilicon plant. These statements are based on information available to its management today. Actual results may differ, including various factors which may delay or disrupt the plant's construction and completion, including, poor weather, the risk of labor difficulties, construction difficulties or financing difficulties.

LDK Solar undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although LDK Solar believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Investorideas.com Updates the Directory of Resources and Tools for Investors and Public Companies in Greentech, Environment and Renewable Energy

Investorideas.com Updates the Directory of Resources and Tools for Investors and Public Companies in Greentech, Environment and Renewable Energy

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –August 7, 2008 - www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com, a leading global investor and industry portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com, updates investors and industry with the current directory of resources and investing tools for renewable and greentech. Investorideas.com (and its leading green portal, Renewableneergystocks.com) was of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy and the public companies in the sector.

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Green IPO Watch at Renewableenergystocks.com; Battery Company, A123 shares to trade on NASDAQ under symbol AONE

Green IPO Watch at Renewableenergystocks.com; Battery Company, A123 shares to trade on NASDAQ under symbol AONE

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC— August 9, 2008 -- http://www.renewableenergystocks.com/,
a leading investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com,
reports on the recently filed $175 million IPO of A123 Systems, Inc., a company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells advanced, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and battery systems.

From the SEC filing: “Our batteries and battery systems provide a combination of power, safety and life that we believe no other commercially available battery provides. We believe that lithium-ion batteries will play an increasingly important role in facilitating a shift toward cleaner forms of energy. Using our innovative approach to materials science and battery engineering and our systems integration and manufacturing capabilities, we have developed a broad family of high-power, lithium-ion batteries and battery systems. This family of products, combined with our strategic partner relationships in the transportation, electric grid services and portable power markets, position us well to address these markets for next-generation energy storage solutions.”

SEC filing link

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Blackstone Establishes Cleantech Energy Group

Blackstone Establishes Cleantech Energy Group

www.blackstone.com - The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) today announced the establishment of a new business group that will be focused on investments in the cleantech energy sector and will also provide advice on renewable energy strategies across Blackstone's diverse asset base.

The team is being led by James D. Kiggen, who has joined the firm's Corporate Private Equity group as a Senior Managing Director. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Kiggen was a Senior Vice President at AllianceBernstein L.P where he created and managed a research team focused on emerging sciences and technologies. He extended that research effort into building a late-stage venture capital/growth equity business, investing in innovative cleantech companies such as A123Systems, Powerspan and Targeted Growth. Previously he was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and then CSFB, where he was a top-ranked equities analyst covering public and private technology companies. He was also a consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Also joining as Principals from AllianceBernstein are Walter C. Vester and Richard L. Troyer. Mr. Vester has seven years' operating experience in communication and energy technology companies and was a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Troyer was a sell-side research analyst in biotechnology at Credit Suisse First Boston and Piper Jaffray and a consultant at Marakon Associates.

Tony James, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Blackstone Group, said, "This team's experience and record of investment success will position us as a leading investor in the cleantech space and will provide a valuable resource for our other business groups advising on the introduction of sustainable energy strategies. Jamie, Walt and Rich are a great team and we are excited to welcome them to our platform."

Garrett Moran, Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, added: "Jamie and his team's understanding of rapidly evolving technology applications in solar and wind power generation, carbon sequestration, next generation ethanol, and other renewables will be a key input in Blackstone's investment decisions. We look forward to working with the new team across both conventional energy investments and new developments, including those at our portfolio company Sithe Global Power, as well as several other sizeable investments that we are currently evaluating."

About The Blackstone Group

Blackstone is one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our alternative asset management businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, funds of funds, debt funds, collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) and closed-end mutual funds. The Blackstone Group also provides various financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement service. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series; “Expect Continued Rapid Growth in the Wind Sector”

Investorideas.com Green Investor Audio Series; “Expect Continued Rapid Growth in the Wind Sector”

Michael Brush Audio Interview with executive director of the American Wind Energy Association


POINT ROBERTS, Wash., Delta B.C., August 6, 2008 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, one of the first online investor resources providing in-depth information on renewable energy, greentech and water, provides interested investors a recent audio interview with Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association.

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Well-known financial columnist Michael Brush continues his renewable energy audio series for Renewableenergystocks.com with a recent interview with Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association.

Expect Continued Rapid Growth in the Wind Sector

Investors can expect double digit growth for years to come in the wind sector, says Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association. In this interview, he explains what kinds of companies should benefit, and where.

Mr. Swisher comments, “In 2007 we saw 45% growth in the US markets in wind. “
He continues in reference to the global markets, “It’s very similar on a global basis.”

He also notes a consolidation and globalization trend is underway.

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Power-Save Energy Company Announces Positive Second Quarter Financial Results, Revenue for 3 months ended June 30, 2008 was $1,460,469

Power-Save Energy Company Announces Positive Second Quarter Financial Results, Revenue for 3 months ended June 30, 2008 was $1,460,469

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Aug. 6 2008 - Power-Save Energy Company (OTC Bulletin Board: PWSV.OB), an emerging leader in the renewable energy and energy savings products industry, today announced its fiscal second quarter earnings for the period ending June 30, 2008.

Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2008 was $1,460,469 compared to $582,548 for the three months ended June 30, 2007, an increase of $877,915 or 151%. The increase was attributable to increased sales of the PS1200 unit for home usage and PS3200 and PS3400 for commercial usage and sales of the recently launched Power-Save Solar Renewable Energy systems. The pre-tax profit for the three months ended June 30, 2008 was $527,266 or 1.8 cents per diluted share compared to $90,743 in 2007, an increase of $436,523 or 481%. The pre-tax profit for the six-month period ending June 30, 2008 was 640,952 or 2.3 cents per diluted share.

Michael Forster, Power-Save Energy Company President and CEO stated, "We're pleased to again announce another profitable quarter following on the heels of our profitable 2007 fiscal year and our profitable first quarter in 2008. When you consider our second quarter results included one-month sales from our recently launched Renewable Energy product line, we're clearly optimistic looking towards the balance of the year. We continue to believe our business is highly scalable and built on a strong foundation. We intend to remain diligently focused on executing our business plan and on continuing to build long term sustainable shareholder value."

About Power-Save Energy Co.

Power-Save Energy Company (http://www.power-save.com) is a marketing and manufacturing company focused on becoming the premier retailer of renewable energy and energy savings products in the United States. The company is dedicated to the mass-market sale of energy saving products and now renewable energy products direct to the homeowner and small business. The company not only provides both quality tested and certified products direct to the consumer, but also provides them at prices affordable to everyone. Power-Save Intends to 'Make Renewable Do-able!'

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This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based on the Company's current expectations as to future events. However, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release might not occur, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

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ZAP CEO and Al Yousuf COO Show Support for Kentucky Governor Signing Executive Order for 40 MPH Electric Car

ZAP CEO and Al Yousuf COO Show Support for Kentucky Governor Signing Executive Order for 40 MPH Electric Car

FRANKFORT, KY - Aug 6, 2008 - Steve Schneider, CEO for ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) and Ashraf Saeed, COO of the Al Yousuf Group, stood by while Governor Steve Beshear yesterday signed an Executive Order directing the Transportation Cabinet to immediately develop and implement an emergency regulation authorizing the use of low-speed electric vehicles on Kentucky's roadways, including the Xebra, a 40 MPH electric car and truck.

"Kentuckians, like all Americans, are hard hit by record-high gas prices," Gov. Beshear said at a news conference today announcing the order. "These tough times call for creative solutions, and I believe allowing Kentuckians the option of using an electric vehicle is one of those solutions. Electric vehicles may help ease the burden on the pocketbooks of hard-working Kentucky families, as well as reduce their carbon footprint."

ZAP CEO Steve Schneider attended the press conference for the Governor's announcement as an invited guest by the State of Kentucky and officials with Integrity Manufacturing of Shepherdsville. Following the announcement Schneider and Governor Breshear got away from the press to talk and take a spin in a ZAP Xebra.

Mr. Ashraf Saeed, Chief Operating Officer of the Al Yousuf Group, accompanied Schneider on the visit. A trading conglomerate based in Dubai, the Al Yousuf Group has provided nearly $15 million in capital over the past year to help ZAP increase its electric vehicle manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Schneider said both he and Saeed were very impressed by the visit and plan to explore ways of working with Kentucky to expand the use of electric vehicles.

"Never have we received such hospitality and such overwhelming enthusiasm for electric vehicles as exhibited by the Governor and every single person we met while in Kentucky," said Schneider. "Seeing such a swift reaction by the Kentucky government in favor of ZAP affirms our belief that the time is now for electric transportation to play a greater role in society. We all want to build better transportation and it doesn't matter if you live in Kentucky or California, the dream is everywhere."

About ZAP

ZAP has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies since 1994, delivering over 100,000 vehicles to consumers in more than 75 countries. ZAP is positioning its business at the forefront of fuel-efficient transportation with new technologies including energy efficient gas systems, electric, hybrid and other innovative power systems. ZAP currently manufactures the Xebra, a city-speed electric car and truck manufactured through a joint venture between ZAP and a Chinese automaker. ZAP has a joint venture called Detroit Electric to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles with Youngman Automotive Group. Detroit Electric is developing a freeway capable electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias. Future plans for the venture are dependent upon both parties receiving outside financing. ZAP is also developing a new generation of vehicles using lithium batteries. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group to expand its international vehicle distribution. ZAP also makes an innovative, new portable energy technology that manages power for mobile electronics from cell phones to laptops. For product, dealer and investor information, visit http://www.zapworld.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks.

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