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Cleantech investing: Carbon tracking and sequestration startup wave, SPACs for late-stage energy transition capital

Carbon monitoring, accounting and sequestration startups are in vogue — as is raising late-stage capital via a SPAC. Plus $30M for small-scale utility and community solar.

In which states does solar matter most?

Not all solar projects are created equal — a new report from Clearloop, Downstream Strategies and WattTime outlines the areas in the country where development would make the biggest difference in reducing emissions and cleaning the grid.

Hemlock Semiconductor becomes vertically integrated polysilicon maker

The U.S. polysilicon manufacturer has acquired DuPont’s trichlorosilane business, in a move that will help it cut production costs and control supply.

Funding energy innovation should be a national priority — how about $25 billion a year?

Two new reports see federal R&D dollars for energy innovation as critical for driving the economy’s post-Covid recovery and keeping the U.S. competitive and on the leading edge of the global energy transition. 

US solar racking industry is innovating and consolidating

With installers and developers needing to squeeze every kilowatt-hour out of every roof and project, racking and trackers are the unsung heroes that secure and tilt panels while maximizing output and protecting wiring and other gear.

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North America’s first lithium-ion battery recycling hub is coming to New York

Li-Cycle, a Canadian battery recycling firm, has chosen Rochester as the home for its planned $175 million recycling facility, which promises to deliver recycled battery materials, beyond just lithium-ion, at market scale.

Morning Brief: EV startup Nikola CEO out after SEC fraud claims, China mulls stronger clean energy goals

Also in the brief: Re-retiring Maui’s 72-year-old, 38-MW oil-fired plant — by adding more solar-plus-storage. Colorado Springs Utilities plans for a 175-MW solar farm to be coupled with a 25 MW battery storage system, all built and installed by Boulder-based juwi.

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Energy Jobs: First Solar, Enel X, CELI, 7X Energy, National Grid, Terabase, i1 Energy, 8minute

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: 1 GW of distributed solar came online in August

More than 1 GW of subsidized small solar arrays were installed in China last month alone and manufacturer Suntech has announced the start of operations at its 500 MW Indonesian cell and module fab.

How does the US retire 236 GW of coal and 1,000 gas peaker plants?

Victory in the economic realm (increasingly the case with solar, solar-plus-storage and wind) is no guarantee of market victory if the regulations are stacked against renewables.

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