#ICYMI Cleantech News 12/4/15

Welcome again to our series of regular In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) cleantech news blog posts. These blog posts feature some of the most interesting, compelling and/or impactful cleantech news of the week.

This week’s highlights include Bill Gates announcing a multi-billion dollar initiative to accelerate clean-energy research and development; the African Union announcing a $20 billion renewable energy plan to develop at least 10 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2020; and a Bloomberg feature on how Silicon Valley’s third-party leasing financing model is helping drive solar adoption worldwide.

Here are some of the top stories in cleantech this week:

· BILL GATES: Bill Gates announced at the Paris Climate Conference a multi-billion dollar initiative to accelerate clean-energy research and development, reported Wall Street Journal’s Bill Spindle.

· ENERGY STORAGE: GTM Research released its latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, Q3 2015 report which found that the United States just experienced its largest quarter for energy storage deployments since the fourth quarter of 2012.

· SOLAR: An idea that originated from Silicon Valley, the third-party leasing financing model, is helping drive solar adoption worldwide, reported Bloomberg’s Chris Martin and Mark Chediak.

· BIG DATA: NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce gave a special report on how scientists are using Big Data to predict the future of the climate.

· AFRICA: Bloomberg’s Anna Hirstenstein reported that the African Union announced a $20 billion renewable energy plan to develop at least 10 gigawatts of renewable energy on the continent by the end of the decade.

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