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Are String Inverters the Future of Solar?

At the brink of innovation, digitalization is often waiting to be harnessed. Digitalization gives users greater control over processes and designs crucial to the success of energy efficiency measures. Solar power has emerged as a frontrunner in the race to reduce human dependance on depleting natural resources like coal and natural gas. The rise in solar power is of no surprise due to its reliability, affordability, and cleanliness. The future of solar lies in further control through digitalization, but is ...

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Bill Clinton: America is most powerful when we work together

A clean energy startup by the name of BlocPower also recognized the important role that Ebenezer plays for families in Atlanta and is lending its expertise to the church at no charge. Through this partnership, BlocPower will conduct a comprehensive energy audit of the church properties, recommending energy savings and solar generation measures. In support of the building upgrades, Ebenezer will also partner with Green Faith to design an educational program emphasizing how congregants can implement energy efficiency at home. ...

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BlocPower: Retrofitting America’s Inner Cities

The leadership team at BlocPower could have used their Ivy League educations to pursue careers in the banking industry; instead they chose a career path devoted to transforming underserved communities while simultaneously identifying a major market opportunity for energy efficiency improvements in buildings. Today, energy service companies focus mainly on the MUSH market — municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals — and the large commercial market, leaving the virtually untapped $400 billion market opportunity of smaller buildings on the table. To read the full article by ...

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4 Strategies to Use When Raising Money for Your B Corps

When Donnel Baird needed seed capital to continue developing his B Corporation in 2013, he figured impact investors were the ticket. One year and 250 investor meetings later, BlocPower—Baird’s online marketplace that connects investors with clean-energy projects in underserved communities—hadn’t raised a dime. In 2014, Baird, who is based in New York, decided to try his luck in Silicon Valley. There, he landed a seed round from VC firms Kapor Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, plus more useful advice than he’d ...

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A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency to Poor Neighborhoods

Everyone knows that energy-retrofitting old buildings often makes economic sense. What a lot of people don’t know is how to do it. While retrofits lead to savings on electric and heating bills, you still need to find upfront capital to pay for all the improvements. The issue is particularly acute for churches and community centers in low-income areas. They frequently have massively inefficient buildings and outsized energy bills, but no way of paying for upgrades. Banks generally aren’t interested in ...

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