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Vinod Khosla’s Range Fuels has declared bankruptcy

December 5, 2011

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Range Fuels, a manufacturing startup that planned to convert wood chips to cellulosic ethanol has declared bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. The company was heavily backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, whose Khosla Ventures is also backing four green energy startups to which the Mississippi legislature has authorized tens of millions in state aid: Soladigm, KiOR, Stion […]

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Technology will determine Miss. solar companies’ future

October 9, 2011

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Twin Creeks Technologies and Stion need high-tech success to compete with cheap overseas labor See related MBJ story: “Calisolar lays off 80 Calif. workers” With the continued controversy over the Obama administration’s support for the now-bankrupt Solyndra, which came weeks after the collapse of Spectrawatt and Evergreen Solar, the renewable energy industry is eagerly watching […]

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

September 16, 2011

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Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if […]

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Will solar panels made in Miss. be used in Miss.?

August 26, 2011

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Although Mississippians will be manufacturing solar panels at Stion in Hattiesburg, they will find it difficult to use the company’s products at home unless the state Public Service Commission adopts a uniform net-metering policy. Stion touts its residential products on its website: “Stion’s panels can help you save money on your electricity bill, gain energy […]

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Stion: Bankruptcy not in the plans

August 26, 2011

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Company: Thin-film technology will create solar success; plant ribbon cutting set for Sept. 16 As the photovoltaics industry took a hit with the bankruptcy of Evergreen Solar, Stion announced a Sept. 16 ribbon cutting for its Hattiesburg plant. While some industry experts speculate more solar companies may also fail or move production to China, Stion […]

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State gives $125 million in assistance

June 26, 2011

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Solar panel manufacturers Twin Creeks Technologies and Stion were recruited to the state by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), and the projects received loans of $50 million and $75 million, respectively. Twin Creeks Technologies package According to MDA, the state provided $50 million in loan assistance through the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority (MMEIA) to […]

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Khosla: MS green energy start-ups have 90% chance of failure

March 10, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, says Mississippi’s green energy start-ups have a 90 percent chance of failing. That means Stion, Soladigm and KiOR, all of which are backed by Khosla Ventures, and all of which have been allocated tens of millions of dollars by the Mississippi Legislature, are very likely to […]

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Khosla fires back at Wall Street Journal

February 23, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Quite the heated exchange on the Wall Street Journal editorial page between the editors and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In a previous editorial, “The Range Fuels Fiasco,” the WSJ used Khosla’s failed Range Fuels business to say that government shouldn’t get involved with startups. (WSJ is now locked down. Most of the […]

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WSJ: Learn from Khosla-backed energy startups that tanked

February 11, 2011

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By Amy McCullough See related story “Good Idea or Not?” and blog post “Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures.“ A Wall Street Journal Feb. 10 “Review & Outlook” column (“The Range Fuels Fiasco“) details failed energy startups backed by Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures, along with other investors, is backing three green energy startups […]

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Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures

February 4, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour and a venture capital firm backing three of the most recent green energy startups purchased by the state of Mississippi will both be speaking at a California energy conference for high-rollers hosted by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. ECO:nomics “will bring together the world’s top CEOs, policymakers, […]

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