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2022 saw a drop in solar funding, strong rise in acquisitions

Mercom reports that it was the second highest year for solar mergers and acquisitions, with an estimated 66 GW of solar projects sold to new buyers in 2022.

Schneider Electric launches home energy management system that integrates solar, storage, EV charging and appliances

The Schneider Home platform’s five components include a smartphone app to help monitor and allocate energy resources.

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IHS Markit: Battery prices won’t fall until 2024

Business data analyst IHS Markit published a series of clean tech predictions for the year that also highlighted the rising proportion of sub-5MW solar projects in the global market, and cheaper clean energy financing costs even as panel prices continue to rise.

U.S.-based EV charger maker enters European market

Volta designs chargers with integrated advertising space and targets high-visibility commercial spaces.

Startup Sunday: Ample raises $160m from Shell and others for EV battery-swap stations

Also starting up: ROSI recycles at multiple stages of PV lifecycle, and Comcast Ventures leads a funding round for a provider of AI-powered home energy improvements.

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Startup Sunday: copper thin film material wins DOE award

Also starting up: Dutch two-seat solar EV for ride sharing, and French company Supersola releases a plug-and-play solar module.

These organic solar panels generate electricity (and maybe spread a little joy)

A French PV specialist and a Dutch designer who integrates PV into furniture, windows, and other objects, teamed up to provide technology for a pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Hydro-Québec launches grid-scale energy storage business

EVLO Energy Storage has signed an MOU for a 9 MWh storage system in the transmission system operated by France’s national transmission provider.

Venture capital funding in solar, storage and energy intelligence sees a year-end surge

At least a dozen energy transition startups are getting their start during the pandemic holiday season.

Total and Google Cloud develop tool to predict rooftop PV potential

The Solar Mapper uses artificial intelligence algorithms that compile data extracted from satellite images. It can estimate solar site potential and indicate the best technology for the site.

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