Federal Government Begins Step-Back of Solar Energy Incentive

BCTV | February 12, 2019

2018 brought rising SREC prices for solar owners in Pennsylvania with the recent closure of the state’s SREC borders. This, coupled with decreasing installation costs make solar energy an attractive renewable alternative. However, 2019 is the last chance to take advantage of the full Solar Incentive Tax Credit (ITC). Since 2006, the ITC offers homes and businesses a 30% tax credit for installing their system. This dollar-for-dollar credit reduces the income taxes a person or company would pay to the federal government, cutting the cost of a solar system by nearly a third.

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PublicInput, the Leading Public Engagement SaaS Platform for Government, Receives Minority Growth Equity Investment from Growth Street Partners

Growth Street Partners | October 28, 2021

Growth Street Partners today announced a minority growth equity investment in PublicInput, the leading public engagement platform for government. PublicInput will use the capital to strengthen its leadership position in a rapidly adopting market by accelerating investments in the company's product and go-to-market efforts. Government agencies use PublicInput to connect with the communities they serve, increase equitable participation, and analyze data to deliver better governance. Some of the nation's largest and smallest local governments, state departments of transportation, transit authorities, and regional planning councils rely on PublicInput to engage and listen to their residents. These institutions have engaged more than 35 million people through PublicInput's platform. Governments are increasingly focused on expanding their community engagement, including reaching larger, more diverse groups residing in their jurisdictions. According to a July 2020 Atlas survey of over 600 public officials, 50% of local governments now consider community engagement a top priority. Major events in 2020 surrounding the pandemic, social justice protests, and the national election demonstrate the importance of more constructive collaboration between government and the public. Increasing equitable public engagement has recently gained national attention. Within days of his inauguration, President Biden issued an Executive Order to address environmental justice, launching the Justice40 Initiative to invest in disadvantaged communities. The order spurred the Environmental Protection Agency to, "[T]ake immediate and affirmative steps to improve early and more frequent engagement with pollution-burdened and underserved communities." PublicInput is uniquely positioned to address this need. By aggregating interactions with the public across online, in-person, and other low-barrier formats like phone and text, organizations can reach more people and overlay that participation data with census and EPA layers to ensure representative, equitable participation. The focus on equity is part of a larger shift that PublicInput's technology is facilitating. Through the millions of data points collected from everyday people, governments are making better, more informed decisions by listening to the collective voice of the community, not just the loudest voices or those who are able to attend traditional public meetings. "PublicInput has a diverse and growing community of government customers across the country, and we're committed to helping them solve the emerging challenges of public engagement. With Growth Street, we can invest in new technology and grow our ecosystem of organizations delivering government 'for the people, by the people'." Jay Dawkins, CEO and co-founder of PublicInput "Growth Street is excited to partner with Jay, his co-founder, Graham Stone, and the growing PublicInput team. The company's multi-modal survey and mapping capabilities are integrated with robust communications tools to provide government staff with an invaluable resource. The platform delivers both the efficiency gains government staff need to focus on public service and the digital platform critical to make representative and data-driven decisions on behalf of the communities they serve," said Steve Wolfe and Nate Grossman, the co-founders of Growth Street. PublicInput PublicInput is the operating system for over 200 public agencies and their consultants to communicate, listen, and make more informed decisions. The company provides the only end-to-end solution for the public engagement process and is composed of three core components: Public | Engagement Hub for data gathering, Public | CRM to aggregate and analyze that data, and Public | Contact to ensure efficient and ongoing communication. In building its all-in-one platform, the company's mission is to connect government agencies with the communities they serve and facilitate equitable participation and representative decision making. PublicInput is based in Raleigh, NC and is hiring. Growth Street Partners Growth Street Partners provides early growth capital to rapidly growing SaaS and technology-enabled services companies located in underserved U.S. markets. The firm partners with founders who have personally lived through the problems their businesses solve. Investments include Pear Deck, ChildcareCRM, Visual Lease, Hotel Effectiveness, Suralink, HR Acuity, Govenda, PikMyKid, and PublicInput. The firm has $200 million in assets under management across two funds (Fund I: $70M, Fund II: $130M).

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Deloitte Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government

Deloitte | March 17, 2021

Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice announced the new Deloitte Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government today. Institute pioneers illustrated a bunch of commitments and activities to progress applied AI in the public area by building a cross-area local area for research and shared mastery, and tutoring and developing the talent of things to come. "As evidenced in the recent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report, advancing the use of artificial intelligence is a national imperative. While decisions and actions to accelerate AI innovation need to happen today, implementing AI brings ethical and technical challenges that are as complex as any we have faced in recent history," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and executive director of DAIIG. "Deloitte's AI Institute for Government is focused on efforts to actively help the public sector harness and shape this movement towards blending human and machine capabilities in a way that improves citizen services, promotes economic growth and recovery, and expands human opportunity" The institute is a center for imaginative viewpoints, coordinated effort and examination zeroed in on everything AI and related innovations for government. To accomplish this, the institute will draw in pioneers from state, neighborhood and national government, industry, and the scholarly world. The people group will reach past technologists to remember disciplines for the humanities and sciences. "AI is more than technology — its adoption presents a seismic shift in the future of how work is done and how public servants, individuals and society work with intelligent machines and big data," said Tasha Austin, principal with Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and director of DAIIG. "The community built through this institute is at the leading edge of how AI is applied to the work of government to improve everything from health care to national defense. We will address critical questions of how we build ethics and transparency into the very DNA of AI to foster trust and advance human potential, rather than increase inequity." Some of the work and commitments underway for DAIIG's first year are listed below. Build an AI community of research and shared expertise The talent and capabilities embodied in the institute convey applied AI contextual analyses that make solid contrasts in open area challenges. The institute is a middle for AI in the public area local area and cultivates learning, investigation and a trade of thoughts. Early commitments include: • Research and develop AI-powered solutions in collaboration with https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/health-equity-institute.htmlDeloitte's AI Exploration Lab at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas and the newly launched CortexAI™ for Government platform. The lab is an innovation hub and storefront to sense new AI technologies, incubate capabilities and create a space for co-development and collaboration. 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RED Technologies accelerates its 5G plan in unlicensed spectrum with French Government 5G stimulus strategy

RED Technologies | February 18, 2022

The French Government recently announced an acceleration strategy dedicated to 5G and future networks. Cedric O, Minister for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, announced that RED Technologies has been selected through its "DAT 5G" (Democratizing Access to 5G Technology) project to develop a cloud based 5G NR-U platform to provide industrial SMEs and mid-caps with low cost 5G connectivity using unlicensed spectrum. RED will offer a plug and play E2E 5G connectivity managed solution for private networks at a competitive cost. The solution will be fully integrated (RAN & CORE) and composed of 5G NR-U, Open-RAN RU and BBU, 5G-CORE SA, and MEC. DAT-5G will add to the recent company's filing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to become an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) System operator. RED Technologies foresees the global application of the AFC including North America, Middle East and in Europe where discussions started last week in ECC's Working Group Frequency Management. The company has extensive experience in building innovative cloud-based solutions, and is already serving numerous customers in the US with its Spectrum Access System (SAS) for CBRS through a partnership with Amdocs. Moreover, RED Technologies is currently passing FCC certification to become an independent SAS administrator. RED Technologies will be present on the French Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona. About RED Technologies As telecoms markets move towards 5G and in the face of increasing spectrum shortages and demand for accessible and affordable services, policy-makers and industry stakeholders have devised ground-breaking regulatory frameworks to enable dynamic spectrum sharing. Founded in 2012, RED Technologies has been a pioneer in spectrum sharing technologies. RED Technologies is now a leading provider of cutting-edge technologies and services, offering scalable cloud-based CBRS and TVWS spectrum sharing solutions soon completed with its 6GHz AFC.

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