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Aligned closes $1 billion sustainability-linked credit to green data centers

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Data centers are consuming huge amounts of electricity. Dallas-based Aligned uses energy-efficient cooling systems and has committed to 100% renewable energy for its facilities.  A $1 billion credit facility to support Aligned’s sustainability goals, structured by ING Capital, will reward the company with a reduced interest rate if it hits impact

Lumos clinches $35 million from DFC to expand energy access in Nigeria

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Netherlands-based Lumos sells solar systems to West African businesses and households that lack reliable access to energy. Lumos sells 80-watt and 160-watt systems on a pay-as-you-go basis through partnerships with mobile operators like MTN.  An investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. aims to help Lumos produce and sell 160,000

SJF Ventures backs Terabase Energy’s $6 million raise

ImpactAlpha, September 10 – Berkeley, Calif.-based software company Terabase helps monitor and automate utility-scale solar projects. The company is pushing to lower the cost of solar power below $0.01 per kilowatt-hour in the next five years. (A recent Terabase project in Qatar will sell power for $0.01449/kWh). The company has raised a $6 million Series

U.S. regulator urges a price on carbon to stem climate risks

“Financial markets will only be able to channel resources efficiently to activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions if an economy-wide price on carbon is in place at a level that reflects the true social cost of those emissions,” says a new report from a key U.S. government regulator.