Deals & Partnerships

Why the Tesla/SolarCity Marriage is an Industry Milestone

Carl Weinschenk

The acquisition of SolarCity by Tesla is a big deal for a lot of reasons. The biggest is that it brings a celebrity — Elon Musk — to the forefront of the renewable sector. Perhaps he can do for renewables what Steve Jobs did for smartphones.


BuildingIQ Makes 2 Moves

Carl Weinschenk

  BuildingIQ has launched its 5i platform. The company says that it is designed for use at any stage of a building’s life cycle. It is built on five pillars, the company says: data capture analysis; advanced metering; measurement and verification; closed loop predictive control and human analysis. BuildingIQ also announced this week that it   …Continue Reading


Stockton Tabs Ygrene for PACE Financing

Carl Weinschenk

Stockton, CA, has approved use of the YgreneWorks PACE program to finance business and home energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy and water conservation upgrades, according to the company. Ygrene offers help with Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing. It is already used by 274 cities and counties in California and Florida and has more than $785   …Continue Reading


PACE Financing Makes Progress but Still Encounters Opposition

Carl Weinschenk

The Obama Administration, mostly through the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), has consistently pushed alternative energy and energy efficiency during the past seven-plus years. Another way in which the administration has backed these efforts is through Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) loans. A significant step in this area was taken earlier this month.


Bruce County, Ontario, Tabs Ecosystem

Carl Weinschenk

Bruce County, Ontario, has selected Ecosystem for integrated energy performance contracting (IEPC) services in four county buildings. The project, which totals $3.4 million, will generate guaranteed annual savings of $273,288 and will receive an incentive of $251,800. The four buildings cover a combined area of 278,500 square feet, according to the press release. The request   …Continue Reading


ViZn, Alpha Energy Enter Partnership

Carl Weinschenk

ViZn Energy Systems and Alpha Energy have entered into a partnership that will offer turnkey energy storage systems to large businesses, utilities and at the edge of the grid, according to ViZn. ViZn produces zinc and iron chemistry-based flow battery energy systems. Alpha Energy, which is a member of the Alpha Group, markets turnkey renewable   …Continue Reading


The IBM Watson/ISS Partnership: The Marriage of Big Data and Building Management Continues

Carl Weinschenk

There are a number of offerings in the marketplace that do some variation of what IBM Watson and Current are doing: Taking data from sensors in buildings and applying advanced analytics to generate information and insights that can create efficiencies and cut costs. It is important to look at the nature of the vendor as well as its technology.


Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.


Constellation Joins Qnovo Funding Round

Carl Weinschenk

Constellation Technology Ventures – the investing arm of Exelon Corp. – has joined Qnovo’s latest Series B funding round.


CoStar, DoE Making Energy Data More Accessible

Carl Weinschenk

The CoStar Group last week announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) that will make far more information about commercial and industrial buildings’ energy efficiency easily accessible.