Those include BrightCurrent, which helps funnel residential solar customers to installation companies; Standard Microgrid, which is bringing solar systems combined with storage to underserved communities in Africa; BlocPower, which aims to aggregate nonprofit, small business and property owners into groups to buy lower-cost solar and energy efficiency projects; and a company is called What Up that is working on financial services software that would make solar leases more readily available to customers with less-than-stellar credit.

Read the full article by Diane Cardwell in the New York Times here.