A California company called Solyndra has burst onto the lively solar-energy scene with $600 million in capital, 500 employees and $1.2 billion in orders. Its product is a rooftop solar module shaped around a cylinder. "We can cover twice as much roof space as conventional solar panels and they can be installed in one-third the time," says CEO Chris Gronet.
Nigel Beeley spent 25 years working in biotech companies, but when he started his own business, he ditched that industry in favor of emerging energy technologies. Why? For the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks. As biotech's youthful glow fades, $2.5 billion in venture funding poured into cleantech last year.
Revenues may be drying up but you're not without resources, and many are in plain sight. This article advises on how to make a list. "Recessions don't have dictate an end to your fortunes," the Business Pundit says. "In fact, if you stay flexible and creative, opportunity abounds."