Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

In the past week, the California Independent System Operator (AISO) has issued a number of Flex Alerts. Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve energy. On social media SMUD shared this call. It might seem like renewable energy has made this a new...
So Many Battery Breakthroughs

So Many Battery Breakthroughs

Just keeping my eyes peeled for new announcements, I have seen close to a hundred announcements of legitimate breakthroughs in improved battery performance.  And there seem to be an even larger set of dubious announcements where it looks like the science needs years...
Thinking Small and Simple = Thinking Smart

Thinking Small and Simple = Thinking Smart

Over the past decade, rooftop solar has made a big impact on energy generation. Now, in California, energy can be “free” during the day when solar is abundant. That is one of the reasons you have seen CleanStart talk about storage so much. To battle, the BIG problem...
Microgrids Forecast to Grow 10% per year to $47 Billion by 2025

Microgrids Forecast to Grow 10% per year to $47 Billion by 2025

We have commented in blogs, hosted meetups and done workshops on the opportunity for clean tech businesses in microgrids.   We see roles for the utilities to become skilled managers of multiple microgrids as well as for vendors of equipment and software to build and...

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