Clean Tech News Briefs November 1, 2011

EarthTechling looks at a lot of interesting clean tech news daily as we consider what items to have our staff write about. Here are some green tech news gems we found while researching online you might consider reading more on in today’s Clean Tech News Briefs.

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Green giants. The Infrastructurist rates the tallest buildings in the world by their energy efficiency and green features. Check out their slide show to see about the greenness of buildings from Dubai to Taipei to Chicago.

Big solar projects finding homes in California. California’s Mojave Desert is the site of huge solar farm projects, reports San Jose Mercury News. Currently, the projects are generating hundreds of construction jobs, and by 2013, the desert will be the home of the largest solar thermal plant in the world.

Ups and downs of clean tech investing. The Washington Post examines the decline in federal investment into clean tech industries, and wonders if, in the face of competition, cheap natural gas, and the collapse of Solyndra, private sector investors will be willing to put more money into this market.

Looking our for sea life while harnessing wave energy. After witnessing the controversy over habitat protection faced by solar and wind projects, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland and IBM are starting a project to determine the safest and most habitat-friendly way to develop marine energy farms, says Forbes.

Geothermal in Chile and California. Triple Pundit reports that at the Geothermal Energy Association’s 2011 Expo in San Diego, Ormat Andina, the Chilean branch of Nevada’s Ormat Technologies, was awarded exploration concessions for its five potential project sites. They also talk about the progress of geothermal energy in California.

Weighing solar options. At CleanTechnica, the costs of feed-in tariffs are weighed against solar renewable energy credits to determine which option is more financially viable for consumers, and which will help solar energy gain popularity.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.