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FEBRUARY 5, 2018


February 5, 2018

Why investing in clean energy counts for more in Alberta

Looking to maximize the positive impact of your investments? Supporting clean energy projects in Alberta is a powerful way to make your money go further.

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February 5, 2018

CoPower's current issuance of Green Bonds is nearly sold out: less than $300K remaining

As of today, we have just under $300K remaining in Green Bonds which will bring us to a total of $10 million invested in Canadian clean energy. As we accept the final round of investments for this Green Bond issuance and prepare for the next, we wanted to take a look back at the incredible impact our investors and our flagship investment product have had to date.

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January 29, 2018

The Bank of Canada just raised their rates: what does that mean for my bonds?

The Bank of Canada recently raised its key interest rate, with Governor Stephen Poloz indicating that Canadians should get comfortable with more to come. What does this mean for CoPower's Green Bondholders?

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January 25, 2018

We've screened nearly $1B in clean energy projects: Here's how we choose the best for our Green Bonds

CoPower may be best-known for our signature Green Bonds, but what makes them possible are the real clean energy and energy efficiency projects that back them.

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January 22, 2018

Finding balance in all things, from clean eating to clean investing

Hana James is Director of Community and Co-Founder of Greenhouse Juice Co, the breakout success of Canada’s cold-pressed juice scene. Greenhouse puts health and sustainability at the core of everything they do, so it’s not surprising that Hana is also working on “detoxing” her investment portfolio.

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January 18, 2018

Green Bonds Explained

Green bonds are helping to finance the transition to a renewable energy-powered future while offering investors the potential for competitive returns.

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January 15, 2018

5 strategies to green your RRSP

Interest in responsible investing has blossomed in the past decade, meaning that Canadians have more “green” options to add to their RRSPs and TFSAs than before.

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January 10, 2018

Investing for the health of the planet: Dr. Joe Vipond

As an emergency room physician for the past seventeen years, I’ve become increasingly vocal about the impact climate change and environmental toxins has on our health.

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January 3, 2018

Questrade + CoPower: The easy way to green your RRSP or TFSA

Thanks to Canada’s largest independent online investment broker it’s now easier (and cheaper!) than ever to hold CoPower Green Bonds in a registered account. A quick, online process with no people to meet with, or offices to visit.

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December 22, 2017

Bitcoin: the anti-impact investment

Mining ever-more bitcoins out of thin air pumps ever-greater amounts of climate-change-causing CO2 into that same air.

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December 19, 2017

My holiday bonus is improving my carbon footprint & earning me a good return: Tori Woodward

"Most investments I’ve made in the past have felt pretty impersonal. Part of what I loved about investing in Green Bonds was that it was a personal decision and something I was genuinely excited about.”

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December 19, 2017

A better use for my year end bonus: Jake Levinson

“This year, I decided to use my year-end bonus to experiment with a new investing strategy - no, not bitcoin - green investing.”

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December 14, 2017

Shades of green: Making sense of responsible investing

The rapidly expanding universe of responsible investment products offers something for everyone. But these investments exist along a spectrum from a little less bad, to a lot more good.

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December 7, 2017

Private Placements: One of the few Tweet-proof investments of our time

For investors who are considering reducing market exposure, but aren’t keen on today’s low bond interest rates, it’s a good time to consider adding private placements to your portfolio.

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November 28, 2017

This year, I’m giving the gift of a greener future

Indra is investing in a CoPower Green Bond as a Christmas gift to Miguel this year, an investment she hopes he will use for his education a little ways down the road, and which will do good for the world while he’s not old enough to make use of it.

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November 27, 2017

A fossil-free investor on having “the conversation” with her advisor

If you’ve ever tried talking about fossil free, ethical or responsible investing with your investment advisor or bank account manager you may be familiar with the frustrating conversation Suzanne Tokarsky had with hers.

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November 23, 2017

Six questions to ask when evaluating a clean energy investment:

Clean energy investments have been available to high net worth individuals and institutions for years, but for most of us, this is an exciting new opportunity. So, how do you determine which is the right investment for you? Here are six considerations to keep in mind when choosing a clean energy investment best tailored to your financial and impact goals.

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November 14, 2017

Investing in a world where disruption is the new normal

What’s an investor to do when disruption is both the new normal and so rapid and difficult to predict? We asked Sean Drygas, Bullfrog Power's VP of Finance and Corporate Development (and a CoPower Green Bond investor) to share his thoughts on investing for impact in a fast-changing world.

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November 9, 2017

The dirty secret in your investment portfolio: How you invest your savings might just be the single most important determinant of your carbon footprint

Report reveals how you invest your savings might just be the single most important determinant of your carbon footprint.

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November 1, 2017

The first Green Bond for Saskatchewanians

We're thrilled to announce that as of today, investors in Saskatchewan can finally put the planet in their portfolios.

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October 31, 2017

Turning my boring savings account into an ethical investment portfolio: Bronwyn Oatley

“In The Green” is a series of interviews with all types of green investors, from those who are starting small with a fossil-free ETF, to those who have dived in head-first to create a 100% earth-and human-friendly portfolio, to find out how they’re doing it.

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October 20, 2017

Q&A: Meet Jennifer, CoPower’s resident investment expert

Jennifer recently joined CoPower as Manager of Impact Investing from RBC Global Asset Management. With a ten-year career in investment banking and portfolio management at some of Canada’s largest firms, she brings a lot to the table.

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August 29, 2017

The Ivey Foundation makes the case for sustainable investing

The Ivey Foundation is one of several leading Canadian foundations making an impact not only through its traditional granting programs, but also with its investment portfolio.

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July 30, 2017

A big step towards putting the planet in everyone’s portfolio

CoPower raises another $2 million in equity financing to further scale our investment platform and provide a simple way for every Canadian investor to put the planet in their portfolio.

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July 6, 2017

Why individual investors matter in the transition to a clean energy economy

What difference can my $5000 investment actually make? A big difference. Here's why we believe individual investors have an crucial role to play in filling the climate finance gap, a role not currently filled by mainstream financial institutions.

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July 4, 2017

A cleantech vet on the only clean energy investment he’s making today (& why it isn’t Tesla)

How has 18 years working in the cleantech industry as an engineer, renewable energy consultant, and writer shaped Matthew Klippenstein's approach to investing?

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June 14, 2017

The case for Green Bonds in the Trump era

One commonly cited reason CoPower investors give for adding Green Bonds to their investment portfolio is diversification: they like what they see as the Green Bonds' lack of correlation to public market volatility.

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June 12, 2017

Trump, Paris & reflecting on how far the climate movement has come

The day Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, I had a little cry at my desk, partly out of frustration, but mostly out of joy and relief at the global response to his announcement and how far the climate movement has come.

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June 8, 2017

For this Alberta teen impact investing is a no-brainer

At 15, Hailey is one of CoPower's youngest Green Bond investors. Without ever having heard of the concept of impact investing, Hailey decided that her first-ever investment would be a Green Bond investment that is good for the planet and that could help fund her university education.

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June 8, 2017

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

There’s so much that’s been happening in clean energy, cleantech and climate news around the world in the past few weeks, some good, some bad and some ugly. Here's a round-up of all the big stories.

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May 11, 2017

Making Geothermal Happen: CoPower Green Bonds in action

Earlier this week, we announced $1 million in project financing to Marmott Energies, supporting their mission of making geothermal heating and cooling systems affordable for the average homeowner.

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April 26, 2017

Jory and Jill's personal impact investing journey

What does it take to build a 100% impact investment portfolio? Jory Cohen has been tackling this problem for two years as Director of Social Finance & Investment at Inspirit Foundation. Now he and his wife Jill have committed to the same with their personal investments. This is how they're doing it.

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March 1, 2017

CoPower Launches $20M Green Bond Issuance!

CoPower Inc., a leading Canadian clean energy online investment platform, announced today that the first tranche of its $20 million issuance of Green Bonds is now available to individual investors, providing Canadians with the unique opportunity to invest in clean energy projects across North America.

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February 27, 2017

A Québec Green Bond for the rest of us / Des obligations vertes Québécoises pour nous tous

Last Friday, February 24th, Quebec's first provincial green bond sold out in minutes to major institutional investors, but what about the rest of us?

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February 22, 2017

CoPower and Vancity Capital Corporation team up to bring Green Bonds to Canadians

We're pleased to announce that Vancity Capital Corp. has injected $1 million in financing to CoPower's revolving credit facility, to support the development of our flagship Green Bonds.

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February 7, 2017

Investing in clean energy & conservation where it counts the most

For investors looking to maximize the impact of their green investments, supporting clean energy projects in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia or the territories, is a powerful way to reduce emissions at an even greater scale.

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February 1, 2017

CoPower Green Bonds rolling out March 1st

On March 1st investors across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in and profit from the transition to a clean energy future by investing in CoPower Green Bonds.

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January 26, 2017

In The Green: Braden Root-McCaig

In The Green is a series of interviews with all types of green investors. This week we talked to millennial investor Braden Root-McCaig on his decision to dip a toe into the world of impact and green investing.

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January 25, 2017

Why we need to support the clean transition now more than ever

With or without government leadership on climate change, there’s a lot we can do as individuals to move forward with the clean transition.

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December 14, 2016

Green vs. Greenwashed: Measuring what matters

How can we tell the difference between “green” and “greenwashed”? It’s easy to slap buzzwords on a product -- it’s hard to make and measure real change.

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December 13, 2016

Holiday gifts that give back

The holidays often end up being a wasteful season, but it doesn't have to be this way. The year considering buying your gifts from one of hundreds of Canadian B Corporations. Not only will you be able to give a cool gift, but also a story of positive impact that will make your friends and family feel great.

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November 25, 2016

Investment from Fondaction CSN fuels growth of our clean energy investing model

CoPower is delighted to announce a $300,000 investment from Fondaction, a mission-aligned investor with a 20 year track record for growing and supporting environmentally responsible businesses.

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November 14, 2016

Will President Trump Kill the Clean Energy Economy?

With falling clean energy stock prices and first-hundred-days commitments like lifting restrictions on coal production, the Trump Presidency appears to be a major setback in the fight against climate change. Here's why clean energy's prospects may not be as grim as you think.

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November 1, 2016

Pressing Pause on LRP & the Future of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Transition

CoPower's Director of Projects Jonathan Frank on the suspension of Ontario's Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process, the missed opportunity for our province, and how we can still move forward with the clean energy transition.

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October 31, 2016

CoPower named Social Enterprise of the Year

CoPower named 2016 Social Enterprise of the Year at the MaRS Social Finance Forum.

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October 28, 2016

CoPower raises $3M from Canadian foundations to democratize clean energy investing

CoPower raises $3M from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Ivey Foundation & the Hamilton Community Foundation to democratize clean energy investing in Canada.

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October 24, 2016

How to build a career in clean energy

CoPower CEO David Berliner's top tips for millennials looking to build careers in clean energy or cleantech.

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September 28, 2016

Outstanding contributors to clean capitalism, that's us!

CoPower's leadership honoured with a Clean50 award for outstanding contribution to clean capitalism and an Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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July 7, 2016

Insights on the future of Impact Investing

What does the future of impact investing hold? How can we use our portfolios to catalyze change?

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June 10, 2016

A Smart Green Bank’s Mission: Planned Obsolescence

The Ontario Government's 2016 Climate Change Action Plan includes the creation of a green bank. What's the most powerful thing a green bank could do? Make itself obsolete.

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June 1, 2016

Is Big Oil FINALLY Budging on Climate Change Mitigation?

Even as oil prices slowly recover, the message from citizens all over the world is clear: clean energy is the future, which makes green investing the smarter choice.

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May 26, 2016

The shining light in Ontario’s climate plan that no one is talking about.

Ontario's new climate change plan offers a multi-billion dollar opportunity to shift us to a clean energy, low carbon future. Here's CoPower's take on how Premier Wynne and team can get it right.

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May 18, 2016

Man vs. Woman: Who makes a better investor?

A new RIA report finds that women while are nearly twice as likely as men to express uncertainty about responsible investing. We dug deeper to find out why that is and what the hidden benefits are.

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April 26, 2016

Why I joined 200 Canadian CEOs to call for a federal clean energy loan guarantee.

What 4 key actions can the federal government take to effectively support cleantech in Canada?

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March 18, 2016

What Canadians have been Waiting For

As our new federal government touts a much more climate-friendly agenda, Canadians are rallying behind the cause. It’s clear: Canadians want decisive action on climate change, now.

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March 8, 2016

How women are changing the impact investing landscape

In the context of impact investing, recent surveys have suggested that there are in fact differences between men and women.

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March 1, 2016

In Canada and Abroad, the Future looks Bright for Clean Energy

Climate change is happening, and if we don’t make serious changes very quickly, the outlook is not good. Fortunately, when it comes to the energy sector, the future is looking green.

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January 27, 2016

Why I’m divesting (and how you can too)!

Join a movement of people changing the way we invest,

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January 22, 2016

Will millennials take impact investing mainstream?

Millennials. Generation Y. Often touted as the “Me” generation. More selfish than their predecessors, the Generation Xs and the Baby Boomers. But when it comes to investing, this myth about millennials just doesn’t hold up.

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January 18, 2016

Why and how we are simplifying green investing

A wise person once told me, “investors don’t solve problems, they make money”. I take the point — investments are intended to preserve and grow capital. But the good news is, entrepreneurs do solve problems – and investors have the power to choose where they are placing their capital, and how they build value.

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December 16, 2015

What Paris means for Canada

The Paris climate agreement's impact on Canada

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December 1, 2015

Small is big: the opportunity for distributed clean energy

The Paris climate talks and how you and I use energy

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November 17, 2015

The role for impact investors in climate change and clean energy.

This post is a summary of my thoughts from a panel I participated on at the MaRS Social Finance Forum on November 12, 2015 in Toronto.

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November 9, 2015

Why the climate movement should care about 24 Sussex

Why the Prime Minister's official residence should go green and go solar.

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October 30, 2015

Empowering individual investors

If you’ve got the good fortune to be friends with any securities lawyers, chances are they’ve been trying to pin you down at cocktail parties for a while now.

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October 26, 2015

What does a Liberal government mean for clean energy in Canada?

With the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government on Monday, the clean energy landscape in Canada is certain to change.

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October 8, 2015

CoPower closes financing round from leading impact investors

CoPower, an online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today that it raised $850,000 in a seed round of financing led by Innovation Support and RBC.

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June 8, 2015

Energy Efficiency lessons

3 lessons from my energy efficiency conference

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April 27, 2015

CoPower Spring Update

Our most exciting news as we leave the winter, with info on hiring, travels and reading recommendations. Take a look!

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February 9, 2015

CoPower Winter Update

CoPower announces its financing platform, adds Kathrin Ohle and James Van Bergh, and attends the Canadian Crowdfunding Summit.

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December 9, 2014

CoPower Launches

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of CoPower’s online investment platform for clean energy and the successful financing of our first projects.

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December 9, 2014

CoPower Holiday Update

CoPower announces its financing platform, Lending Club raises IPO terms, and solar investment is only just getting started.

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November 11, 2014

Platforms — investing in the 21st century

Notes from a panel discussion at the MaRS Social Finance Forum 2014 (Toronto, Canada).

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November 11, 2014

CoPower Update - November 2014

CoPower selected for MaRS Community Finance Solutions, Raphael Bouskila speaks, and other news.

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September 10, 2014

CoPower Update - September 2014

Great reception from investors for online platform Lending Club, and other clean energy news.

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August 13, 2014

Financial Innovation Is Spreading to Efficiency

America has been the focus of attention in efficiency finance, but Canada is seeing a wave of activity too.

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August 13, 2014

CoPower Update - August 2014

CoPower and Dunsky Energy write about energy efficiency finance, and Ontario shines on for solar.

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July 9, 2014

CoPower Update - July 2014

CoPower hosts equity-crowdfunding event, launch of new website and video, and other updates.

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June 4, 2014

CoPower Update - June 2014

CoPower hosts crowdfunding event, launches its website and attends C2MTL - and, investors are going crazy for crowdfunding platforms.

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May 23, 2014

Commerce and creativity

Thoughts inspired by entrepreneurship as a search for truth.

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May 13, 2014

Flash Boys and the Wolf of Wall Street

How the crowd can alter our “financialization” trend

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May 13, 2014

CoPower Update - May 2014

CoPower joins the MaRS group, attends Solar Ontario and Globe, and is selected for C2MTL

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April 25, 2014

What’s the link between tech and financing?

New technologies get discovered and funded all the time. This is how they make it to scale

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April 7, 2014

CoPower Update - April 2014

CoPower attends ZERO2014, GLOBE and C2MTL, SDEVM announces financing for CoPower, and other clean energy and investing news.

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April 4, 2014

GLOBE2014 panel

Evolution or Revolution: thoughts on innovations in sustainable finance from the GLOBE2014 international conference.

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March 11, 2014

CoPower Update - March 2014

Our first update newsletter, with the latest equity-crowdfunding and clean energy news.

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