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Energy Efficiency  -  January 13, 2021

GM launches BrightDrop business to electrify delivery and services

General Motors announced on Jan. 12 its new business, BrightDrop, which will offer an integrated ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software, and services to empower delivery and logistics companies to move goods more efficiently.

Finance  -  January 12, 2021

Total corporate solar funding increased 24% in 2020

Mercom Capital Group announced on Jan. 11 that total corporate funding into the solar sector globally, including venture capital, private equity (VC), debt financing and public market financing, came to $14.5 billion in 2020, a 24% increase compared to 2019.

Sourcing Renewables  -  January 12, 2021

Lowe’s makes 12-year commitment to purchase solar power

Lowe’s announced that it will purchase 250 MW of clean electricity per year from Swift Current Energy’s Black Diamond Solar Project in Illinois. The commitment will last 12 years.

Energy Efficiency  -  January 12, 2021

Curtis Institute of Music commences energy-efficient facilities improvements

The Curtis Institute of Music is kicking off a three-year project to make energy-efficiency investments in its Philadelphia facilities through an agreement with The Efficiency Network (TEN).

Energy Storage  -  January 12, 2021

Vermont’s State House is the first in the nation to have battery backup

Vermont’s State House is the first in the nation to have clean backup power stored in batteries, according to an article Vermont Business Magazine shared on Jan. 5.

Finance  -  January 11, 2021

BloombergNEF reports sustainability and green bonds grew in 2020

BloombergNEF announced Jan. 11 that sustainable debt (sustainability bonds) grew 81% in 2020 to $68.7 billion, while the longest-established theme, green bonds, saw volumes rise 13% to a new record of $305.3 billion.

Solar  -  January 11, 2021

Comcast Spectacor commits training facility to renewable energy

Comcast Spectacor, owner of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, announced on Jan. 8 that it added a 1.06-MW onsite solar system and an electric Zamboni ice resurfacer to its Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in New Jersey, a training facility for the Flyers.

Solar  -  January 11, 2021

Joliet Junior College flips the switch on new campus solar system

Chicago’s Joliet Junior College (JJC) announced on Jan. 11 that its 1.3-MW onsite solar system is online at its main campus. The solar array consists of 3,542 solar panels and will save the college more than $1.6 million in electricity expenses over 25 years.

Energy Efficiency  -  January 9, 2021

Weekend reads: Sustainability resolutions for 2021; Hydrogen trends to watch this year

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web.

Solar  -  January 8, 2021

Hunt Military Communities adds rooftop solar to Illinois air force base

Hunt Military Communities (HMC), the largest U.S. military housing owner, announced on Jan. 4 that it will integrate rooftop solar PV systems across its facility at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. This community includes more than 1,500 homes serving 3,000 residents.
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