Early stage clean tech venture financing lives.

April 5th, 2018

While financing early-stage clean tech ventures still presents many challenges, new fund-based continue to be established.   In recent months, I’ve seen three in Q1 of this year.   All are being by industry veterans, which bodes well for avoiding starry-eyed enthusiasm about get-rich quick returns. Spring Lane Capital is providing debt capital in the form of “project pools” (typically, $15-30M initially) that… Read more »

$20 million in MA energy storage demonstration grants

December 8th, 2017

Massachusetts announced the winners of the ACES energy storage demonstration grants. $20 million in grants for 26 projects planning up to 85MWh of storage capacity.  The Baker Administration doubled the size of the grant funding in response to the many proposals submitted.  The grants will provide important support for testing multiple storage business models.   Kudos to MA and the awardees! … Read more »

Parasitic load may reduce storage’s value – Lazard

December 7th, 2017

Greentech Media has an interesting story on Lazard’s most recent levelized cost of storage report.   Lazard is ratcheting down the reported efficiency to compensate for the storage system’s cooling load.

Comparing the Senate and House tax bills

December 5th, 2017

The Clean Energy Business Network has helpful summaries in prose and comparison table formats of the clean energy provisions in the Senate and House tax bills.

Standardizing C&I solar

October 30th, 2017

SEIA continues to help reduce solar soft costs in creating a standardized PPA template document for the C&I market.  This is a GreenTech Media summary.  See SEIA’s page on model leases and PPAs for details.