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Four Companies Pitch to Investor Panel

Four Companies Pitch to Investor Panel

We turned the spotlight on four very interesting new startups that are seeking investment in our third pitch night on November 18.  They presented their plans to a panel of five pros who listened and then provided advice on how to improve.  One piece of advice was to...
WindHarvest International Wins Sustainability Award

WindHarvest International Wins Sustainability Award

On November 18, the Sacramento Business Journal and Stoel Rives handed WindHarvest the Award for Sustainability Innovation of the Year.  They were one of 8 Regional Innovation winners announced in various categories at the ceremony, one of the few in-person such...
Ascent Analytics Launches

Ascent Analytics Launches

On November 1 a new clean tech company came on the scene in our region.  Ascent Analytics emerged as a spin-out from established solar installation and energy management company Infinity Energy in Rocklin.  Infinity built a very useful software tool to shave costs and...
Whats New with Hydrogen

Whats New with Hydrogen

Wondering where things stand on the transition to the greater use of hydrogen as part of the clean energy revolution?  We had a great discussion last night (October 28) with three individuals right at the center of activity.  We hosted Jennifer Hamilton of the...
Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Janine Elliott was our guest on October 12 for a Perspectives podcast, explaining her new role.  She comes to us from 6 years at VentureWell in Amherst, MA, one of the best- funded and most complete tech incubators, and from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, which...
Desten Takes Another Step Toward Fast Charging

Desten Takes Another Step Toward Fast Charging

We have written several times about the opportunities and challenges of ultrafast charging systems.  Here is an article on a recent development.   Hong Kong-based company Desten is promoting its 900 kW charging system and the remarkable battery that goes with it,...
VPPs… Big Opportunities, Big Questions, Big Bucks

VPPs… Big Opportunities, Big Questions, Big Bucks

The Electricity Grid needs to be upgraded. Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates renewable energy will need $14 Trillion in Grid Investment by 2050. Past Meetup discussions on Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Demand Response, and the Future of the Grid have made...
Associate Garcia comments on her experience

Associate Garcia comments on her experience

In the Fall of 2020 I applied for an associate position with CleanStart, and a few weeks later I was interviewed and hired by the Executive Director, Thomas Hall, and Board Member, Mark Humbert, to begin working remotely due to COVID. I couldn’t have asked for a more...
Time to Tummy-Tuck the Duck™

Time to Tummy-Tuck the Duck™

  “Tummy Tuck the Duck” phrase and image are used with permission from Peter Kelly-Detwiler That’s the colorful phrase one of the speakers at our recent MeetUp on evolving the grid used to summarize where we need to head to integrate distributed...
The Other Path to Decarbonizing Transportation

The Other Path to Decarbonizing Transportation

Both California and New York have declared they want people to buy only EVs starting in 2035 and more states are considering joining the push.  But that leaves the existing 276 million gasoline and diesel vehicles still on the road in the US (31 million in California)...

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