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Published: November 7th, 2019

Clir Renewables says it’s doubling down on artificial intelligence capabilities for the wind industry by appointing Louisa Thue, a former Hootstuite employee, the company announced on Nov. 5.

Before transitioning to Clir, Thue was vice-president of data and analytics at PaybyPhone for five months prior to leading the technical team at Bench Accounting for roughly two years. Additionally, she worked at Hootsuite for six years across its engineering, data and product domains.

At Clir, Thue will steer the expansion of the company’s cloud-based AI capabilities across the global wind energy industry.

Commenting on her appointment in a press release, Thue said, “There is a huge opportunity for software and data analytics in renewable energy, and I look forward to bringing my technical experience to Clir as it invests in optimizing energy generation and asset availability across the global wind industry.”

Operating as a Software as a Service (SaaS) firm in the renewable energy industry, Vancouver-based Clir Renewables is a provider of digital asset performance technology for wind energy. The company provides a solution developed by engineers for engineers. The cloud-based AI platform provides asset managers and owners with tools to maximize annual energy production and provide clarity on portfolio performance.

With a clear market opportunity to assist the wind industry in improving its asset performance, Clir has recently closed its Series A funding round, securing a CA$7.1 million investment from ArcTern Ventures. This funding will allow the company to focus on additional development of its AI-based analytics platform and optimize power generation at a global fleetwide level.

ArcTern Ventures is a North American venture capital firm investing in breakthrough clean technologies. ArcTern invests at an early stage with the capacity to provide follow-on capital to fund companies through to market leadership.