Innovation

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency
Douglas Hutchings (center), explains the Picasolar technology to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe with UA electrical engineering professor Hameed Naseem (left) after Silicon Solar Solutions received a 2013 SunShot Incubator Award.

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive.
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State of the South Report Cites Innovation Hub as Key to Arkansas Growth

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock and its efforts to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to the "knowledge" economy were lauded in the just-released 2014 State of the South report from MDC.
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ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers

Matt Bakke's idea for an "anti-loyalty" program for businesses and consumers led to the founding Fair Share Data in Bentonville and applying for the ARK Challenge's fall installment in Little Rock.
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