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Inside the scramble for solar financing as frontline public health clinics confront COVID

The African villages where they’re located might be considered ‘the last mile.’ But the primary public health clinics in those villages are better called “front line.” Frontline health clinics are first responders in the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 as they were in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone and as they are

Helping companies make good on their commitments to stakeholders

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 7 – When 181 members of the Business Roundtable signed on to a new statement of corporate purpose a year ago, little could they imagine how the COVID-19, racial justice, and climate crises would soon put their stakeholder-centric pledges to the test. A recent analysis of corporate behavior in the wake of the

JPMorgan Chase will align financing strategy with Paris Agreement

ImpactAlpha. Oct. 7 – The world’s largest fossil fuel funder said it would reduce financed emissions in line with Paris goals, promising more details in the spring. JPMorgan Chase will work with “clients, policymakers and advocates to transition our economy and turn the goals of Paris into a reality,” said co-president Daniel Pinto. A new

FMO backs Husk Power System’s minigrid expansion

ImpactAlpha, October 6 – Husk is a veteran of off-grid energy. The 12-year-old company, once known for biomass energy plants in India’s remote communities, is now a solar minigrid developer in Africa as well.  A new commitment of $5 million from FMO, the Dutch development bank, will help Husk expand from its five-megawatts of installed

Sweden’s Einride raises $10 million to green freight transit

ImpactAlpha, October 1 – Heavy transport accounts for 30% of transport-related carbon emissions and 7% of total global carbon emissions. Pandemic-related disruptions to global logistics exposed the transport sector’s vulnerability.  Einride’s freight management platform integrates electric and autonomous vehicles to move commercial products. Partners include plant-based dairy company Oatly and European grocery chain Lidl.  Impact