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Community solar projects — Gaining consumers' confidence

Consumer interest in solar power, and in particular, community solar, is rapidly increasing, however, many people are still straddling the fence. What is holding many people back from taking the plunge?

Bill Gates boosts Energy Department's endangered ARPA-E program

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $82 million in early-stage research in concentrating solar power and power electronics would be made available, despite Trump's 2018 budget request that the DOE's ARPA-E be eliminated.

Energy storage — The need for reliable software modeling tools

One of the biggest issue facing grid-based energy storage today is its availability and one of the reasons it hasn't taken off at a more rapid pace is the bankability of energy storage technology.

3M partnership will use drones for wind turbine maintenance

Santa Cruz - To reduce wind turbine downtime that can affect annual energy production, 3M has announced an agreement with Camp Six Labs to apply 3M products to wind turbine blades using soon-to-be-developed robotic applicators.

Op-Ed: The real drivers behind the clean energy revolution

The transformation from what had been considered tried and true methods of producing the energy that powers our world into cleaner and less-polluting forms of energy production has truly been remarkable. But what has driven this energy revolution?

Tackling the opioid crisis through innovative technology

In response to the opioid crisis and the escalating number of overdoses from prescription medicines, heroin and opioids in the United States, innovators and tech companies are using technology to create solutions.

Snap shares fall below $15 after underwriters downgrade stock

Snap's stock hit a new all-time low today as it fell to just $15 per share. Investors are increasingly anxious that Snapchat won't be able to sustain its meteoric growth as the competition from apps like Facebook and Instagram steps up.

Crowdfunding is growing beyond tech, but is it really the future?

Crowdfunding sites are all the rage right now. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have given start-ups a new way to gain exposure and lift their brand off the ground. The approach is also revolutionising established industries though, from real estate to banking.

Renewable energy gaining more traction and investors in U.S.

Renewable energy has taken off across the globe, and while renewables were considered a risky investment at first, bold advancements in technology have resulted in the generation of clean power into homes and businesses, and investors are taking notice.

Renewable energy jobs could offset loss of jobs in coal industry

Abu Dhabi - The Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released its yearly report on the worldwide growth of renewable energy jobs last week. Globally, 9.8 million people are now employed in the industry.

Madrid woos separatist Catalonia with 4.2 bn-euro investment

Barcelona - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Tuesday to invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in Catalonia by 2020 as a battle for hearts and minds rages between Madrid and regional authorities that want independence.

Snapchat in trouble as stock flounders after IPO

Snapchat is suffering on the stock market in the days after its initial public offering. This week, shares tumbled 12 percent as analysts remain concerned about the platform's future. The company may never be profitable and growth is stalling.

School makes millions from Snapchat investment

Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California made a wise investment a few years ago: its investment in Snap, the company behind Snapchat. The canny decision has raised millions for the school.

To Russia with love: Trump's dreams of Kremlin might

Washington - In 2013, Donald Trump appeared poised to conquer a new frontier: Russia.His Miss Universe beauty contest was taking place in Russia's capital and he thought it would seal a connection with its president, Vladimir Putin.

Burkina Faso looks to wage 'insurrection against poverty'

Ouagadougou - Desperately poor Burkina Faso has known much turmoil over a half-century of independence, and is once again poised for battle, but this time its ambitious prime minister pledges it will be an "insurrection against poverty".

Germany takes aim at China on trade on eve of key visit

Frankfurt - Germany's economy minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday launched a fresh attack on "unfair and aggressive trade practices" by China ahead of a visit to the country.

Argentina woos investors at 'mini Davos'

Buenos Aires - Argentina opened a major investment conference Tuesday, seeking to persuade executives from the world's top multinational corporations to bet on Latin America's third-largest economy and its new center-right government.

Macy's to close 100 stores while boosting online presence

New York - Macy's, the largest U.S. department store chain, announced plans Thursday to close 100 stores across the country and reallocate resources to increase its online presence.

China's richest man declares war on Disney with giant theme park

Bejing - The Chinese conglomerate Wanda on Saturday opened its first theme park, with its billionaire boss declaring war on Disney weeks before the American entertainment giant launches a similar attraction in Shanghai.

HTC invests $100 million in virtual reality content creators

HTC has announced it is dedicating $100 million in investment to a new virtual reality accelerator program that aims to get more developers creating VR content. HTC Vive X looks to establish an ecosystem for VR shaped around unique content.

Stock trading 101: Listening to the market

Late last year American DJ and composer, Jace Clayton, used an unconventional source for his musical inspiration: stock charts.

Refugees, shoppers rev up German growth motor

Berlin - A massive influx of refugees, and accompanying billions in public spending, have provided Germany with a long-awaited answer to partners' calls for it to do more to jumpstart the eurozone economy.

Intel pledges $50m investment in quantum computing research

Intel has announced that it is making a long-term investment into the development of quantum computing systems. It will contribute $50 million over the next 10 years to help shape the future of computing for when semi-conductors are obsolete.

Forex markets looking at Greece, investors look to U.S.

The news from Greece of a shutdown put fear into investors and the euro dipped as a result against the dollar. Analysts are looking toward reliable US data, while China's situation worsens.

PandaDoc closes $5 million Series A to enhance sales automation

PandaDoc, a document automation solution for sales reps, recently closed a $5 million Series A round of funding. With funding it looks to expand its team of 35.

Op-Ed: How will the Help to Buy ISA work?

London - In the latest budget George Osborne announced a new Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers. How will the Help to Buy ISA work? And will it actually help?

Auto parts maker Nemak adding jobs, increasing production

Windsor - Auto parts maker Nemak, with the assistance of an Ontario government grant, committed this week to investing $15 million into its Windsor plant.

Op-Ed: Why we must care that half of public school students are poor

The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of all public school students are now on the federal free and reduced-price lunch programs, the highest percentage in at least 50 years. Why this matters:

Juncker unveils giant plan to 'kickstart' Europe economy

Strasbourg - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker revealed a huge 315-billion euro investment plan Wednesday to "kickstart" the stalling economy, although critics lamented the lack of any new money.

Work permits no longer required for Turks and Caicos investors

At a Cabinet meeting on October 22nd, the Turks and Caicos Government agreed that new overseas investors would no longer require a work permit.
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