...and he showed up! Gov. Schwarzenegger kicked off the conference by introducing Bloom Energy and saying that it is "60% cleaner than coal." He also mentioned other steps that California has been doing to further clean energy. "Big things like AB 32, million solar roof program, and hydrogen highway have been groundbreaking. We're doing what govt does best. Making laws and setting standards and getting out of the way," he said. "Green jobs have grown 10x faster than other areas. Even in the recession. We want that future and we want those jobs. Proposing a job package, to exempt purchase of green equipment from CA sales tax."
Members of the media gathered at eBay’s San Jose headquarters just a few hours ago (in fact, they are still there as we write this) to see Bloom Energy founder K.R. Sridhar officially unveil the Bloom Box. Other notable speakers are venture capitalist John Doerr, who currently sits on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, former Secretary of State and current Bloom Energy board member Colin Powell, as well as a surprise visit from a “prominent California government official”… Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sridhar started off his talk by pointing out that his goal was not only to make clean energy better, but to make it cheaper and accessible to everyone. “Without energy these people don’t have a passport to economic growth,” he said. “The geopolitical and social impact on this, is a very big part of world politics and policy. We saw this as a call to our generation. A call to make an impact. To do good, and make good. World needs accessible energy that is sustainable.”
“We felt it was our calling to make this technology.” And then he uncovered the plentiful, cheap substance that lies at the Bloom Box’s core…