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We Boldly Go…Where Others Don’t

We Boldly Go…Where Others Don’t

Once again we gazed into our crystal ball and came up with more predictions for the coming year–this time we have eleven. Will higher utility rates let the rooftop solar industry bounce back?  Will new EV prices drop?  Will Texas overtake California as the leader in...

Commercial Long Duration Storage Advancing

Commercial Long Duration Storage Advancing

We just had a stimulating discussion of some of the latest advances in an important storage technology.  The storage systems now being installed on the grid are not adequate to deal with extended and extreme events that threaten the steady supply of power.  One of the...

Long Duration Storage

Long Duration Storage

“Solar doesn’t work at night!”... the refrain of Renewable Energy detractors. We all know this and we all should know that storage is a solution to intermittent renewables. Specifically,  Long-duration energy storage. It plays a crucial role in unlocking the full...

Wind Harvest Passes Big Milestone

Wind Harvest Passes Big Milestone

Patience, persistence, and optimism are paying off. Wind Harvest has managed to get to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 with its vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) technology. That means that they have tested a full-scale prototype in commercial conditions. That...

Prediction Results 2023

Prediction Results 2023

2023 Predictions Recap Last year we looked to make bolder predictions, many around falling prices. Well, some predictions were right, others were wrong.  There was good news from Rivian and vigorous growth in battery deployment, keeping prices high.  The PPA price...

Global Entrepreneurship Week Success

Global Entrepreneurship Week Success

The Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State recently led the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) activities for the fifth year, marking its significant role in regional economic growth. During the Sacramento Entrepreneurial State of the...

Spotlight Pitch Event Highlights

Spotlight Pitch Event Highlights

We had a great Spotlight Pitch event at the Carlsen Center on November 16 (and a big thanks to the crew At the Center for hosting us).  We heard from 5 investment-ready companies, all with customers, revenue, and product-market fit.  All were seeking significant...

AgTech Day: A Crossroads of Innovation and Agriculture

AgTech Day: A Crossroads of Innovation and Agriculture

As the Executive Director of CleanStart, I had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual AgTech Day, an event that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of innovation that drives the agricultural sector forward. Organized by the esteemed Center for Irrigation Technology...

Revving Up Tradition: EV Lowriding

Revving Up Tradition: EV Lowriding

When you think of electric vehicles, what do you think of? Teslas? Rivians? Quiet sedans owned by the few that can currently afford them? That doesn’t connect with the diverse car culture of Sacramento today. The intersection of low-rider culture and the burgeoning...

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