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New York launches largest renewable solicitation in US history

New York’s aggressive renewable procurement efforts hit a historic mark today, with Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing the largest single renewable energy solicitation ever put forth in the United States. The solicitation calls for up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity, all with the direct objective of combating climate change…

With these record-breaking solicitations for renewable energy and new port infrastructure, New York continues to lead the way with the most ambitious Green New Deal in the nation, creating a future fueled by clean, renewable energy sources

Governor Cuomo

Environmental Progress Report highlights Apple’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy

Apple released its annual Environmental Progress Report on Tuesday, showing how the company continues to strive toward being carbon neutral. In 2018, Apple was able to claim that their data centers, distribution centers, retail stores, and corporate offices all run on 100% renewable energy. Over 83% of the renewable energy that Apple…

Greenpeace USA welcomes Apple’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions to help prevent further catastrophic climate change— the impacts of which will fall most on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. This commitment is a significant step up from what we’ve seen from Apple in the past.

Greenpeace USA Senior Corporate Campaigner, Elizabeth Jardim

Crowdfunding For Clean Energy — Raise Green Launches New Marketplace

A young impact investment company named Raise Green has launched “the first crowdfunding platform for investment in clean energy projects nationwide,” including the first listing on the marketplace, the National Energy Improvement Fund (“NEIF”). NEIF is apparently “the nation’s only Certified B Corporation® specialized energy…


Adapt Energy: Home Energy Storage Solutions for Solar

Troy Morgan, CEO, PanTech Design and Blake Richetta, CEO, Sonnen USA kicked off the first episode of Adapt Energy with a discussion on the rise of home energy storage and why the viability of solar depends on it. A few years ago, PanTech Design began developing energy automation systems to work within the home energy management…


How Sunrun Can Become a Giant in Renewable Energy

When Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN) announced it was acquiring Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR), my first reaction was that it saw Vivint as something of a value in the solar market. Sunrun was more highly valued in relation to the retained value (a proxy for the present value of all solar installation cash flows) each had on their balance sheet, so it could be seen as…


Funding for Battery Storage and Smart Grid Companies Drops in the First Half of 2020

Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies in 1H 2020 dropped 38% year-over-year (YoY) with $1.5 billion compared to $2.4 billion raised in 1H 2019. That’s according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. The report notes that global VC…


Africa’s distributed energy resources dominated by overseas players

The Distributed Funds for Distributed Renewable Energy briefing by the advocacy organization highlights the need for public finance institutions to prioritize local ownership of off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy initiatives. The distributed energy resources sector has been growing rapidly since 2013 – especially for companies focused on…

As governments and public finance institutions around the world prepare historic stimulus packages in response to COVID-19, we have an important opportunity to grow distributed renewable energy in Africa.

Thuli Makama, senior advisor at Oil Change International

AC Energy adds India to renewable portfolio

AC Energy Inc. is developing the $68-million Sitara solar plant with partner UPC Solar Asia Pacific, marking the Ayala power company’s first major investment in India. In a statement on Monday, AC Energy said the 140-megawatt (MW) peak solar plant is expected to start generating power by the first quarter of 2021. The facility, located in Rajasthan…

India is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing markets for renewable energy. We look forward to participating in this market as we continue to expand around the region, and work towards our goal of reaching 5,000 MW of renewables by 2025.

Eric Francia, AC Energy president and chief executive officer

Analysis: Japan’s coal exit opens uncertain pathway for LNG and renewables

Japan’s vocal renunciation of support for coal-fired power generation both within the country and overseas addresses much of the criticism recently leveled at its industrial conglomerates for backing fossil fuels, but its repercussions are complicated and could take years to play out. That’s because the decision at a governmental level is more…


Enabling the grid of the future requires more than one energy storage technology in the toolkit

Ed Porter is the Business Development Director at Invinity Energy Systems, a provider of vanadium flow battery energy storage systems for commercial & industrial sites, grid network infrastructure projects and off-grid applications, either standalone or alongside renewable energy such as solar PV. Energy generation has never been a single…


Construction Beginning On New, ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Electrical Microgrid To Completely Power Pittsburgh International Airport

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Construction is beginning on a new electrical microgrid that will completely power Pittsburgh International Airport by this time next year. Representatives with the airport say the new, “first-of-its-kind” microgrid will become its new primary power source. They will remain connected to the traditional power grid though just…


Tender for 32 MW solar project subcontractors in Chad

A tender seeking an engineering company for a planned 32 MW solar plant in Chad has been published by UK-based Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). Contractors have until July 31 to submit proposals for the tender. The Chadian solar plant is the first phase of the 60 MW Djermaya Solar project being developed by the Aldwych…


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