Nonprofits and Clean Energy Entrepreneurship: Shifting the Norm at CalSEED

Nonprofits and Clean Energy Entrepreneurship: Shifting the Norm at CalSEED

CalSEED has gotten its fair share of applicants looking to bring clean energy concepts to market. However, we see an important group mostly missing from this collection of entrepreneurs eager to advance their hardware or software concepts in energy efficiency, energy generation, storage, electric vehicle technologies and more: nonprofits. CalSEED funds innovations that have a social impact or provide social benefits, but we haven’t had a large number of nonprofits apply. I mean, who better than nonprofits to pitch social good concepts and carry them out? Most of you are already doing it, and let’s be real: Whatever your idea for combining clean energy solutions that have social benefits, it…
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Trump Solar Tariff Will Hurt American Workers in Solar Energy Industry

Trump Solar Tariff Will Hurt American Workers in Solar Energy Industry

By now we have all had our “What the…?” moments concerning Donald Trump: From pretending to look at the sun during last summer’s solar eclipse, to accusing former President Obama of wiretapping him, to questioning why immigrants from “sh**hole countries” should be allowed into America. While all those moments could be classified on a scale of your choosing, Trump’s solar tariff can definitely be placed on the high end of any scale since the only logic behind it seems to be as an attempt to keep his campaign promise of “getting tough” with China (leaders of the world’s solar power production). Unfortunately, the direct consequences of this trade tariff will…
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Clean Tech Innovations for Good

Clean Tech Innovations for Good

What if venture capitalists prioritized funding a new technology not only for its return on investment, but also based on its potential to positively impact people and communities? The Greenlining Institute has been working as a CalSEED partner for the last year doing exactly that. CalSEED is a program that funds innovators and entrepreneurs who work to bring early-stage clean energy concepts with social impacts to market. As California continues its path towards a clean energy economy, Greenlining is here to ensure that this new economy does not continue to leave underinvested communities at the epicenter of environmental pollution burdens behind. To achieve this mission, we have been conducting targeted…
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