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Clean Disruption News: Swiss insurance giant Zurich ends coal investments as insurers pull $20bn from sector

Zurich has become the latest insurance giant to cut ties with coal-intensive businesses, bringing the amount insurers have pulled from these companies to around $20bn (£15.2bn) in just two years.  A growing number of insurers are trying to distance themselves from fossil fuels amid climate change concerns, with coal mining the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. Zurich has decided to pull money […]

U.S. fund, CIC snap up Equis Energy for $3.7 billion in bet on renewables

U.S. fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed to buy Equis Energy, Asia’s largest independent renewable energy firm, for $3.7 billion with partners including sovereign fund China Investment Corp, underscoring growing global interest in renewables investment. Singapore-headquartered Equis is the largest renewable energy independent power producer in Asia‐Pacific, with over 180 assets comprising solar, wind […]

Jigar Shah’ s Generate Capital Raises $200 Million to Back Clean Energy

Alaska Permanent Fund led funding round for Generate Company has backed fuel cell, water-treatment projects Generate Capital Inc., a clean-energy financing company, raised about $200 million in new equity to back battery-storage and other distributed-energy projects. Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., a state-owned entity based in Juneau, led the round, San Francisco-based Generate said in a […]

Let’s work together to make the sun brighter! Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of The International Solar Alliance (ISA)

Today we present our exclusive talk to Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of The International Solar Alliance (ISA) about the official launch of the organization to be held on December 9th in New Delhi but also about the role of cooperation between the governments and industry leaders.  Motto of the Alliance is: Let’s work together to […]

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006, Professor Muhammad Yunus: Solar & Social Business Leaders should join forces to drive the World’s transition into a good direction

Today we are so excited to present our exclusive discussion with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006, Professor Muhammad Yunus and Co-Patron of SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY, The World Solar & Cleantech Influencers Forum that we brought you from Dhaka, the Capital of Bangladesh. We discuss with Professor Yunus, father of microcredit, social business but also solar energy […]

Clean Disruption News: Green finance group calls on EU to stop funding fossil fuels

A group of financial experts has set out its vision for hardwiring sustainability goals into the European Union’s financial system, calling on the 28-country bloc to stop pouring public money into polluting fossil fuels and focus spending on clean energies instead. The EU’s high-level group on sustainable finance issued its interim report on Thursday (13 July), urging the European […]

Helping solar developers to market & sell their projects worldwide – Michael Ernst, General Council, Sr. Vice President at Clean Power Inc

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Michael Ernst,  General Council & Sr. Vice President at Clean Power Inc about their recent developments and plans.  Michel, right hand of Mary O’Donnell, a passionate green business woman who runs a sustainable & renewable farm in Kingston, Massachusetts, has over 30 years of energy experience as […]

Former SunEdison employees raise funds for new solar venture

Former employees of the bankrupt SunEdison have raised funding for a new development company focused on solar projects. Summit Ridge Energy is led by CEO Steve Raeder, who previously managed SunEdison’s East Coast commercial and industrial solar business. The principals at Summit Ridge, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, also include Christian Redmond and Jarryd Commerford, both of whom previously […]

Linking Investors with Solar Technology – Sebastian Petretschek Vice General Manager at TÜV Rheinland

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Sebastian Petretschek, Vice General Manager at TÜV Rheinland about their role in linking investors with solar technology.  For over 20 years TÜV Rheinland PTL has been the leading provider of safety testing, performance testing, and market certification for the photovoltaic marketplace.

Regalgrid, a smart investment choice – Alessandro Brucagin, Archeide SICAV – Empower Fund

Couple of weeks ago we had an exclusive opportunity to cover an official launch of Regalgrid at H-Farm in Treviso, Italy. In this interview we speak to Alessandro Brucagin, who was representing Archeide SICAV – Empower Fund, one of strategical investors in Regalgrid Europe. Regalgrid® has designed an innovative technological platform which achieves the first open and interconnected energy system whereby single units, called “nodes” and comprised […]

Autonomous cars: Jag gets in the market

The latest investment in US ride-hailer Lyft will send a fleet of luxury vehicles into the market – and they may one day be smart enough to pick up passengers on their own. Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover on Monday announced a $33 million investment in Lyft and pledged to supply a fleet of vehicles as it conducts research […]

Solar in India: 750 MW Rewa Solar Power Plant – A Defining Milestone in India’s Solar Energy Journey

The successful commercial close of 750MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh, has helped India get closer to its 100 GW solar energy goal by 2022. The public private partnership initiative utilized a robust project structure and innovative de-risking mechanisms, paving the way for other large scale solar power projects in India. With […]

Solar in USA: Sunlight Financial gets $500 million for home solar loans

Sunlight Financial, a startup that provides loans for home solar systems, on Wednesday said it received a $500 million commitment from Technology Credit Union that will finance about 20,000 new rooftop installations. The announcement, Sunlight’s largest single funding commitment to date, comes as demand for residential solar is slowing in California, by far the industry’s […]

COP 21 Follow Up Talk – Cleantech Revolution? Together We Are Stronger – Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General and Spokesperson at Terrawatt Initiative

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General and Spokesperson at Terrawatt Initiative. Jean-Pascal, with whom we spoke last time at COP 21 in Paris, updated us on the recent milestones & action plan of this ambitious initiative. Last but not least, we would like to congratulate […]