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Posts tagged “Cleantech”

Updated November 24

Google to buy solar power from Duke Energy for NC data center

Solar energy      Google says it will voluntarily pay for renewable energy from a new Duke Energy solar farm to help power its big data center in the North Carolina city of Lenoir.

Updated October 16

Premium Lock NCTA names top 10 startups to watch

NCTA names ten top startups to watch The NC Tech Awards is North Carolina's statewide program recognizing and honoring the best innovators and innovations. NCTA has announced this year's Top 10 Startups to Watch.

Updated October 14

Premium Lock Semprius lands nearly $1M of debt offering for advanced solar tech

Semprius Inc., a Durham-based solar-module manufacturer, raised $995,238 of a $2 million debt offering, according to a regulatory filing. The company's technology lets it create the world's smallest solar cells to deliver a uniquely high concentration of the cells, which are about the size of a pencil point, to achieve cost and performance advantages.

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Updated October 7

Premium Lock NC Idea selects 22 semifinalists in fall grant cycle

NC IDEA NC IDEA has selected 22 semi-finalists from across the state in its 20th grant cycle to-date. These semi-finalists were chosen from the 130 applications received from NC-based startups focused on software, IP-based technologies, consumer products and medical device and diagnostics.

Updated October 7

Premium Lock MMA Energy Capital closes on 55M to build its NC solar projects

solar power MMA Energy Capital has closed a $55 million financing facility with Coenergy through its joint venture with Fundamental Advisors to be used for the construction of its 36 megawatt North Carolina solar portfolio.

October 2

Premium Lock Residents sue to stop Amazon wind farm

Residents want to block Amazon wind farm Construction crews are ready to pour concrete foundations for wind turbines for the Amazon wind farm in Eastern North Carolina, but a group of local residents are attempting to block the project.

September 25

Premium Lock NC is 4th state to hit solar milestone

Solar energy      As North Carolina cuts back on supporting solar energy in its latest budget, the state becomes the fourth to pass 1 gigawatt of power generated by solar energy, according to a report from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.

Updated September 18

Premium Lock Atlantic Coast Pipeline could lower energy costs, create jobs

New Duke Energy logo Atlantic Coast Pipeline has formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to build a 564-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline. Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are among the four companies that will build and own the pipeline research says would save energy costs and create jobs.

September 18

Premium Lock Gov. McCrory to sign state budget today

NC Biotech Center The North Carolina legislature has passed a $21.74 billion budget Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign it today (Friday). The 429-page billl reduces personal income tax rates, fails to renew the 35 percent renewable energy tax break, and continues funding the NC Biotechnology Center at $13.6 million, despite being targeted for a cut earlier, and creates a "venture capital multiplier fund."

September 15

Premium Lock Turkey droppings into energy; Personify moves to Raleigh; Teamworks nabs big deal

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: turning turkey droppings into energy; Personify moving to Raleigh; Durham startup Teamworks lands big deal; UNC at Chapel HIll gets plant immunity study grant.

September 10

Premium Lock Renewable energy critics sound off - and defenders push back

Windmills produce renewable energy ​Opponents of renewable energy programs held an hour-long roundtable at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Wednesday about their concerns. Defenders push back.

September 9

Premium Lock Triangle Cleantech Cluster at 3: Capturing market share, driving new wave of economic growth

It's hard to believe that it's been less than three years since we created the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. Five years ago, virtually no one knew cleantech existed in the region. Today, the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina is recognized as a global cleantech hot spot, writes Ed White, CEO and chair of Field2Base as well as chairman of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.

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August 25

Premium Lock Exclusive Q&A: Why Jennifer Bosser took Triangle Cleantech Cluster job

Over the past five years, few names have been more associated with economic development in Wake County than Jennifer Bosser. But as of Sept. 1, Bosser will become the first executive director of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership's CleanTech cluster. Why is she taking the job? What's the mission?

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Updated August 24

Premium Lock Research Triangle partnership names COO, director for Cleantech Cluster

RTRP Lee Anne Nance is promoted to chief operating officer at the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and Jennifer Bosser is named the executive director of the partnership's high-profile Cleantech Cluster program.

August 17

Premium Lock Consulting, energy firms need 'other' skills beyond software, engineers

Cleantech Consulting and energy industry firms are looking for people with skills beyond what you might expect for tech-related firms. Their "other" needed skills rank higher than software and programming as well as engineers, a new survey from RTI International finds. So what do these firms need?

Updated August 17

Premium Lock Tech execs' wish list for Triangle education: STEM and more

STEM education news High-tech and energy sector employers have a "wish list" for educators and policy makers to follow if Triangle firms are going to find workers in the future that meet skill set demand. What's on it?

Updated August 17

Premium Lock Survey: RTP tech, energy firms look to hire 3,300 - with right skill sets

Help wanted sign       One company is expecting to add 200 jobs and 84 percent of companies participating in a new survey say they will be looking to hire people over the next one to five years. But the survey conducted by RTI International for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster so finding people with certain high-tech skills remains difficult.

August 17

Premium Lock Triangle tech, energy execs offer A-to-Z wish list for how to boost economic growth

Economic development In a new survey conducted by RTI International for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, 123 executives from tech and energy firms were asked what "kind of support" they wanted in order to boost economic growth. From lower taxes to more marketing, education, mass transit and training, here is the full list.

August 12

Premium Lock Cree's top exec delivers a pep talk, projects '10% growth'

Cree's Chuck Swoboda Cree's latest financials on Tuesday drove share prices down nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading and close to 52-week lows. But the bad news, including $84 million in costs for restructuring its LED business, didn't keep Cree's top executive from delivering a pep talk to Wall Street analysts.

August 10

Premium Lock Led by Apple, NC lands $43M of $56M in federal solar loan guarantees

Solar energy      North Carolina solar energy projects have landed the vast majority of new solar project loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leading the way is a project at Apple's big data center in western N.C.

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