Posts tagged “Cleantech”

Updated June 23

Premium Lock Tesla update: NC dealership bill pulled for now; new plant in China?

Tesla Legislation that would have opened the door to a half-dozen Tesla dealerships in North Carolina has been put on hold. Meanwhile, Tesla says it is considering building a plant in China.

June 19

Premium Lock Raleigh power delivery startup GridBridge is sold

GridBridge GridBridge, a high-profile Raleigh startup focusing on power delivery systems technology, has been acquired by Tennessee-based ERMCO.

June 8

Premium Lock Solar changes bill breeze through NC House

Solar energy A proposal to rewrite the state's renewable energy laws breezed through the House Wednesday with strong support and little debate - an unusual development in a chamber more often known for attempts to limit the solar industry.

June 7

Premium Lock 17 investors pour another $1.5M into WasteZero (+ videos)

WasteZero, a Raleigh-based startup that helps reduce waste to landfills and increase recycling, continues to attract attention from investors.

June 7

Premium Lock Three challenges Tesla faces even as good news mounts

The automaker's shares are trading at record levels, and it has surpassed General Motors and Ford in market value. It's about to introduce its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3 sedan, as well as a line of solar panels that look like roof tiles.

Elon Musk Elon Musk

June 7

Premium Lock Rent your roof for solar? Bill would permit third-party leasing in NC

A major rewrite of the state's renewable energy policy is on its way to the House floor later this week, but skeptics say it's moving too quickly and with too little public consideration.

Solar energy      Solar energy

Updated June 5

Premium Lock Don't forget: Triangle Smart Cities summit set for June 6

Green energy North Carolina State University and the City of Raleigh are hosting the first Triangle Smart Cities Summit June 6 at the Hunt Library on NC State's Centennial Campus. The event will bring together local city, industry, and academic leaders to share ideas aimed at making our region a smarter and more connected community.

May 16

Premium Lock Chinese Academy of Sciences sues Cree, alleges LED patent infringement

Cree logo     Cree, an aggressive fighter against patent infringement on its intellectual property portfolio, now faces a suit in China - from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences, which helped found Lenovo.

May 10

Premium Lock Asheville-based Innovation Solar raises $14.9M

Solar energy      ‚ÄčAn Asheville, North Carolina-based solar company has raised $14.9 million in a private offering, according to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

May 8

Premium Lock Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Orange County earn community solar recognition

SolSmart Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County are three of the newest government organizations to be honored as "SolSmart" by a federally funded initiative designed to boost the solar industry.

Updated April 26

Premium Lock In his own words: Cree's top exec spells out revised strategy

After deciding not to sell its Wolfspeed power business for $850 million when regulators wouldn't approve a deal, Cree Chair and CEO Chuck Swoboda on Tuesday spelled out further revisions of the LED and semiconductor firm's strategy for growth. He announced a joint LED venture with a Chinese firm and pointed out plans to increase capacity for Wolfspeed products. In his own words, he spells out his thinking.

Cree's Chuck Swoboda    Cree's Chuck Swoboda

Updated April 19

Premium Lock Smart grid firm moving HQ to Cary from Silicon Valley, bringing 130 jobs

A smart grid software and communications company plans to move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Cary, bringing 130 jobs to the Triangle, officials said Tuesday.

April 11

Premium Lock Fundings: Coastal solar tech firm eyes $2.5M; SmartSky makes $109M raise official

Venture Capital     Wrightsville Beach-based Koolbridge Solar is looking to raise more funding, and Charlotte-based SmartSky Networks has made official its latest fund-raiser.

April 5

Premium Lock The quest for a safer battery: Solid-state electrolytes?

Searching for safer batteries 2016 was the year of Li-ion batteries' silver jubilee, a coming of age that has not been hassle-free, as Samsung's Firegate showed us. This year might mark the first significant switch to new materials in the electrolyte compartment, with both large and small companies trying to bring inorganic and polymer electrolytes to commercial fruition.

Updated March 6

Premium Lock Product Recovery Technology International in Franklinton seeks to raise $2.3 million

Product Recovery Technology International Inc., which breaks down used rubber products, is seeking to raise another $2.3 million in a private equity offering.

PRTI's facility in Franklinton PRTI's facility in Franklinton

Updated January 25

Premium Lock Cree stock surges after Street beat; Wolfspeed spinoff nears

Cree logo     Cree beats Wall Street expectations on revenues and earnings, sending its stock up nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Durham LED giant also says it's moving closer to selling off its Wolfspeed power technology business.

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