Apr 28, 2021
Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India.
He Chairs a joint-venture with RMI, the Third Derivative, which is the world's largest climate tech accelerator and is Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. He is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society.
Kennedy also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, a smart energy incubator and accelerator in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $1B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya and is an adviser to SolarPhilippines. He is also a Director of the nonprofit organizations Power for All and Confluence Philanthropy.
Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate and energy issues for 20+ years.
“By the end of this century, just 80 years from now, most energy will be generated from photovoltaics. There's just no question that flat plate semiconductors that produce electrons when you shine light on them will become ubiquitous and go to scales that we don't even contemplate today.”
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