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  • Ukraine Seeks Renewable Energy Investors to Loosen Russia?s Grip
    Ukrainian officials say they?ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green.
  • 10 Charts that Reveal the Potential ROI for Solar Blogging
    I know I write a lot about how solar companies can blog effectively, but I still see few companies truly embracing blogging. Perhaps that?s because solar marketers want to show their CEOs some objective stats that show how blogging can be effective and not a waste of time and resources. And that?s where HubSpot, a popular inbound (content) marketin
  • Listen Up: What Legal Issues Do Solar Contractors Face?
    As in most industries, attorneys are an indispensable part of doing business. We have the usual host of "ordinary course of business" legal issues such as contracts, employment law, financing and M&A. But we also must comply with a blizzard of regulatory and incentives requirements ? as well as more specialized transaction issues related to solar leases and PPAs, warranties, insurance, licensing and manufacturing.
  • Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular
    For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history. In Marquette, for example, the average temperature was a tundra-like 7.5 degrees. Well, what if I told you that it?s possible to cut your building?s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too?
  • China Solar: New Yingli Fund Evokes Shades of Suntech Failings
    I wrote earlier this week about troublesome signs for the solar panel sector?s fledgling recovery after a revenue warning from Trina (NYSE: TSL), and now we?re seeing another worrisome signal with news that Yingli (NYSE: YGE) is launching a new fund to build solar power plants. This kind of scheme looks eerily similar to one that kicked off the dow
  • SolarCity Resumes Storage Applications After California Decision
    SolarCity Corp., the largest U.S. solar-power provider by market value, will resume applications to connect energy-storage systems in California after regulators said they?re exempt from utility fees.
  • Examining the Challenges Faced by the CSP Industry
    Pragmatic discussions about the financial viability of concentrated solar power (CSP) abound. The oft-dismissed redheaded step child of the solar industry, CSP?s relegation to the recycle heap of history is seen by many to be a foregone conclusion due to its inherently high cost. But is CSP destined to play Betamax to PV?s VHS? Or will foreign countries like Spain ? which presently boasts one of the highest numbers of CSP plants in the world ? demonstrate that CSP?s ability to be coupled with storage makes it an alternative energy worth pursuing? Let?s examine some of the inherent challenges faced by the proverbial underdog of the renewable energy world.
  • Crowdfunding Solar with a Twist ? A Revolving Fund to Serve Communities
      According to Bloomberg News last week, crowdfunding solar could become a $5 billion investment vehicle in the next 5 years. This exciting development will connect people who want to invest their money responsibly with solar projects that need financing. SolarCity, the biggest U.S. solar power provider by market value, is getting into the space pr
  • Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption
    While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.
  • Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand
    Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.
  • How One State?s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation
    While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid. Verm
  • An Enormous Question for ?Solar Choice?
    Two weeks ago, Minnesota?s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this ?value of solar? policy, and pretty much every financial model for
  • CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy So...
    What?s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?

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