Big energy giants around the world are investing heavily in renewables and cleantech. But there’s a whole class of companies making moves in the sector behind the scenes.

In this episode of The Interchange, we’re looking at the unsung corporate heroes of the clean energy transition.

We'll share our picks for companies that are making surprising moves into renewable energy, electrification and clean materials. 

What does it tell us about how deeply clean energy is embedded in the corporate world?

We will look at activity from Generac, Walmart, 3M, Blackrock, Caterpillar and Dyson.

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The number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The milestone comes just three years after the industry completed its 1 millionth installation, a feat that took 40 years to achieve.

Wood Mackenzie analysts expect the U.S. to crack the 3 million mark in 2021 and 4 million in 2023.

"The rapid growth in the solar industry has completely reshaped the energy conversation in this country," said Abigail Ross-Hopper, president and CEO of trade group SEIA. "This $17

Electric vehicle charging at scale could be a blessing or a curse for the grid.

In the best-case scenario, plug-in vehicles charge up at times that align with needs of the power grid. In the worst case, they strain the system, creating a new challenge for grid operators.

Julie Blunden, vice president of business development at fast-charging network operator EVgo, insists the former case is the correct one. What’s more, she said, “I can show you the data.”

“Now that we're legitimately bringing in transportation electrification, not as a hypothetical, but with operational data … it is definitive that we have great benefits at the

Sunrun didn't chalk up a fourth consecutive deployment record in Q1, but the largest U.S. residential solar company showed strong growth on a number of key metrics compared to last year.

  • Sunrun installed 86 megawatts in the first quarter of 2019, up 27 percent from Q1 2018, beating its own guidance.
  • It expects to install 102 to 104 megawatts in Q2, and to grow its deployments 16 to 18 percent for the whole of this year. That would mean as much as 440 megawatts of installations in 2019.
  • Quarterly revenue rose 35 percent year over year,

Siemens will spin off its struggling energy division and merge it with separately listed wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), creating a new multi-technology global energy powerhouse.

The German industrial giant this week announced a plan to create and then publicly list a new energy company whose product range will span oil and gas solutions, gas and steam turbines, on- and offshore wind turbines, and transmission equipment.

The new company is expected to have 80,000 employees and annual revenues of €30 billion ($33.6 billion). It will fold in SGRE, the world’s third largest supplier of wind turbines last year, trailing only European rival Vestas

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