12. January 2016 · Comments Off on Realization of a Vision: NZ on its way to 90 percent renewables · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Energy Excelerator is helping New Zealand reach its goal of 90 percent renewables by 2025. The nation’s leading cleantech incubator, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Energy Excelerator is partnering with Vector, New Zealand’s largest distributor of energy to give the utility access to Energy Excelerator’s broad portfolio of cleantech companies and a vast pipeline of innovation.”Innovation is core to Vector’s growth. Energy Excelerator and its pipeline of innovation will help us test and scale new solutions,” said Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Vector. Vector is also partnering with Tesla Energy to deploy energy storage in New Zealand.

Source: Realization of a Vision: NZ on its way to 90 percent renewables – SmartGridNews

13. April 2015 · Comments Off on Clean Energy Challenge to award $1M in funding to cleantech startups · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the world of startups and technology, people get easily distracted by flashy new apps, billion dollar valuations and the ‘Uber for this’ or the ‘AirBnB for that’ models. It can be so overwhelming that we can miss out on some incredibly important and innovative startups that are developing products that could entirely revolutionize the way we interact with the world.

via Clean Energy Challenge to award $1M in funding to cleantech startups | Built In Chicago.

14. April 2014 · Comments Off on Tesla surges up list of Silicon Valley’s top 150 tech companies · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silicon Valley’s cleantech sector, which includes biofuels, electric vehicles, energy storage, lighting, solar and the smart grid, has spawned all kinds of startups. But only four cleantech companies made the Mercury News’ annual survey of the valley’s 150 largest public tech companies: solar manufacturer SunPower, electric carmaker Tesla Motors, smart grid networking company SilverSpring Networks, which is new to the list this year, and SolarCity, a leading solar financier and installer.

Tesla had a stellar year, and is now the 39th largest tech company in the Valley based on revenue, a jump of 42 points from its 81st place ranking in 2012.

via Tesla surges up list of Silicon Valley’s top 150 tech companies – SiliconValley.com.

14. January 2014 · Comments Off on Five Reasons The Cleantech Industry Is Stronger Than Ever · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As a cleantech CEO who has received $12 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), I feel compelled to assure the public that U.S. tax money has not been wasted. The cleantech industry has not crashed – as a recent 60 Minutes piece asserts – but, rather, is stronger than ever. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / Five Reasons The Cleantech Industry Is Stronger Than Ever.

03. June 2013 · Comments Off on 5 Cleantech Milestones Worth Celebrating · Categories: News · Tags: ,

We’re just five months into 2013, and we’ve already seen a number of new records in cleantech deployment. Here are five recent stories worth highlighting.

via 5 Cleantech Milestones Worth Celebrating : Greentech Media.

22. April 2013 · Comments Off on SV 150: SolarCity punches through the ‘solar curse’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silicon Valley’s cleantech sector, which includes companies in biofuels, electric vehicles, lighting, solar and the smart grid, had a rocky 2012. The industry faced what’s known as the “cleantech cliff,” as one-time federal stimulus funding wound down and venture investment pulled back.

There was significant drop-off in venture investment in the sector: Global clean-technology venture investment plunged to $6.46 billion in 2012, down 33 percent from the $9.61 billion invested in 2011, according to the San Francisco-based research and consulting firm Cleantech Group.

via SV 150: SolarCity punches through the ‘solar curse’ – San Jose Mercury News.

13. March 2013 · Comments Off on Cleantech firms to boost energy storage systems and smart grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Venture capital firms that focus on cleantech are looking for the next big area to invest in, and they seem to have settled on smart grid, energy storage and other efficiency technologies.

“We are going through a repositioning of cleantech,” Wal van Lierop, founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, told Bloomberg. ”The big sectors – solar, wind and LEDs – are in the process of being consolidated. They’re maturing, so they fall out of the cleantech opportunity basket. We now are trying to find the next hot spots.”

via Cleantech firms to boost energy storage systems and smart grid | Eco-Business.com.

08. March 2013 · Comments Off on Cleantech Venture Capital Homes In On Efficiency · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Venture capital firms that focus on cleantech are looking for the next big area to invest in, and they seem to have settled on smart grid, energy storage and other efficiency technologies.

“We are going through a repositioning of cleantech,” Wal van Lierop, founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, told Bloomberg. “The big sectors – solar, wind and LEDs – are in the process of being consolidated. They’re maturing, so they fall out of the cleantech opportunity basket. We now are trying to find the next hot spots.”

via Cleantech Venture Capital Homes In On Efficiency.

24. February 2013 · Comments Off on How Are Electric Vehicles Selling? Quite Well! · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

One of the most common myths repeated and repeated and repeated in mainstream media (and even in cleantech and EV media) is that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) aren’t selling well. Quite to the contrary, for this stage of the technology’s evolution, they’re selling very well.

The first question that probably comes to mind for you here is: “If most other reporters and bloggers are saying that they aren’t selling well, why do they think so?”

via How Are Electric Vehicles Selling? Quite Well! – CleanTechnica.

09. January 2013 · Comments Off on Bright outlook for smart grid technologies and commercial DR · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Now that commercial building operations have become more sophisticated with automation technologies and building management systems, owners are looking for more ways to use their new tools and devices to take efficiency to higher levels. A new report from Pike Research says their interest in DR also is growing, enough so that the cleantech market research firm predicts the number of commercial buildings with DR programs will grow globally from less than 600,000 in 2012 to over 1.4 million locations by 2018.

via Smart Grid: Bright outlook for smart grid technologies and commercial DR.