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Prince Was a Secret Patron of Solar Power

  • Musician’s funds led to California incubator for 43 companies
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Powerhouse Co-Founder and CEO Emily Kirsch leads an introduction at the invite-only Open House, held every Wednesday at the Powerhouse headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Powerhouse Co-Founder and CEO Emily Kirsch leads an introduction at the invite-only Open House, held every Wednesday at the Powerhouse headquarters in Oakland, CA. 

Photographer: Cayce Clifford/Bloomberg
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Before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician Prince made an investment in green energy that’s now helping solar start-ups weather an assault from President Donald Trump. 

It started with a conversation in 2011 between Prince and his friend Van Jones, a CNN commentator and California human rights agitator and onetime green-jobs adviser to President Barack Obama.