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Aurora Solar raises $50M for remote photovoltaic sales and design

This substantial investment signals software’s critical role in driving the mainstream adoption of solar.

The once obscure, derided financial product that just might transform deep tech venture capital

Many of my VC compatriots in Silicon Valley still sneer at the SPAC, and several I know actively encourage their portfolio companies to avoid SPAC sponsors.
“A product for also-rans who can’t go public the normal route.”
“Frankenstein financial engineering for speculators and amateurs.”
To which I say, BALDERDASH!

Morning Brief: Ambri deploying its calcium-antimony battery? China could install 75 GW of solar next year

Also: Despite a rosy forecast, creating energy storage projects with competitive economics has been an elusive endeavor. Plus, rate design innovations are boosting the energy transition and Plug Power raises $1 billion for U.S. green hydrogen infrastructure build-out.

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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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Morning Brief: Consumers Energy expands its net metering cap, Nautilus closes a financing commitment

Also in the brief: A New Mexico regulator has recommended denial of El Paso Electric’s planned expansion of the Newman Generating Station, Gemserv has launched a digital platform aimed at helping businesses transition to electric vehicles and more.

Cubico acquires two giant solar installations in Arkansas and Mississipi

The projects will each be among the largest installations in their respective states and advance Cubico’s expansion into the American solar market.

pv magazine video: How quality can lower solar risk and insurance rates

This year’s pv magazine Quality Roundtable USA looked at extreme weather, and how resiliency can be built through modern O&M. Representatives from DuPont, Stäubli, Nextracker and RETC took to the virtual stage to discuss weather-related damages, and how to harness quality materials and workmanship to industry’s advantage, particularly when it comes to insurers. Ariel Re and NovaSource, meanwhile, looked at issues like risk management insurance solutions and asset stabilization. Case studies and presentations on the field performance of PV modules, and extreme hail and fire, were also included.

New York is launching a $10 million program to support climate tech startups, following Massachusetts’ lead

“Because economies were shut down, we also had concerns about the companies in which we had investments, and we had to think about how we could help those companies get through the pandemic.”

Morning Brief: an update on the Biden Transition, Boralex acquires 209 MW project portfolio

Also in the brief: how the Clean Energy Equity Act can help NJ rebuild better, Dominion signs a power contract for a 75 MW project in Virginia and more.

Energy Transition Jobs: New CMO at QuantumScape, new CEO at PG&E, plus Perea at SunPower, Arevon, The Engine

Executive jobs and job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

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