Clean Tech News Briefs November 2, 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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Composites World takes a look at the engineering and design of the world’s largest solar-powered yacht. The yacht was created by German solar company ImmoSolar, and is meant to show that renewable energy is a viable option in boating.

The bullet train planned for southern California is now estimated to be complete in 2033 instead of 2o20, says the Los Angeles Times, and thus the price of construction will be driven up to $98.5 million, which critics of the project say is too much for the state’s already strained budget, but others say the later date seems more realistic.

In the UK, budget cuts in subsidies for solar energy projects may cause solar companies into bankruptcy, reports Reuters. Solar companies cite oil and gas lobbies leveled against them as the cause of these cuts.

Greenbiz breaks down the possible ways to get funding for energy efficiency retrofits, and examines the barriers that can get in the way. A list of six key points is provided for private individuals to get on their way to funding retrofits.

Combining two trends–the retro trend and the green trend–Green Car Reports tells us of a 1980 Dodge Electrica available on eBay, one of 19 ever made. According to the report the 23-horsepower electric motor is in great condition, as are the 20 lead acid batteries. The highest bid was $3,383.

Forbes criticizes the critics of solar, who were quick to denounce all of solar energy after the Solyndra incident. Here, however, we take a look at some of the history of government bail-outs, including those for oil companies, and the US’s continual falling behind in renewable energy technologies on the global market.

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.