Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan is among the recipients of Cypress Creek's support.

Cypress Creek Renewables is growing. It’s the nation’s fifth-largest developer and it brought online the most utility-scale solar projects last year, according to GTM Research.

With hundreds of megawatts in capacity expected in 2018, hiring skilled workers to build it all remains a key focus. 

“A big piece of last year was finding the workforce to come work with us,” said Jaime Carlson, executive vice president of operations and capital planning.

To that end, Cypress Creek is supporting a total of five solar training programs at community colleges across the country. 

Its first partnership at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina launched

Alcoa and Rio Tinto announced the world's first zero-carbon aluminum smelting process.

Aluminum production companies Alcoa and Rio Tinto announced Thursday the formation of Elysis, a joint venture company created to commercialize a new aluminum smelting process with no direct greenhouse gas emissions — with backing from tech giant Apple. 

Standing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the two companies announced the technology, a new headquarters in Montreal, and a research and development facility in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. Canada and Quebec will each invest $60 million, with Apple providing $13 million, as well as technical support. Total investment tops out at $188 million. 

Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques called the new process “revolutionary,” while Alcoa said the technology

SolarEdge is getting deeper into distributed energy management.

SolarEdge reported record revenues and profitability for the first quarter of 2018 on Wednesday — along with plans to move into markets beyond solar power optimization.

On the energy storage front, SolarEdge announced an $11.5 million acquisition of Gamatronic Electronic Industries Ltd., an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems provider for commercial and industrial businesses around the world. CEO Guy Sella noted that the acquisition is the second major step for the company outside the solar arena, the first being last year’s launch of inverter-embedded electric vehicle charging systems.

Another came last week, with SolarEdge’s launch of a cloud-based virtual power plant

It's an historic moment for clean energy.

Starting in 2020, virtually all new homes in California will be required to incorporate advanced efficiency measures and rooftop solar — in a historic development for clean energy in the state. 

The California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to adopt the policy today as part of the state’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards, following more than two years of work with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the technical requirements. 

Updates to the Title 24 standards are projected to reduce home energy use by 53 percent compared to the current code, saving Californians $1.7 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years. This calculation, conducted by

Two firms promise to begin manufacturing their products later this year, but an ongoing court battle muddies the waters

Two companies developing an improved type of cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection. hope to get their products into the hands of installers later this year, but the race to the marketplace has been complicated by an ongoing legal dispute involving allegations that important trade secrets may have been misappropriated.

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There are five transport subsectors ripe for investment.

A report from investment firm Village Capital has suggested cleantech investors should focus more on the transportation sector in the struggle to cut carbon emissions.

The report, called Moving Electrons and co-sponsored by Autodesk Foundation and BNY Mellon, points to transport as the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions.

It listed five subsectors that could prove particularly attractive to investors: aviation and aerospace, electric vehicles, the sharing economy, mass transit, and trucking and logistics.

In aviation, said the report, growing air traffic, shrinking fares and increasing emissions regulations are putting pressure on fuel costs. This means “there are rich opportunities for

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