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  • India Clean Energy Investments Rose 13 Percent to $7.9 Billion in 2014
    Clean energy investments in India increased to $7.9 billion last year and are expected to surpass $10 billion in 2015.
  • The Future of Solar in Wisconsin
    This past November, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted to allow the state?s major utility, Wisconsin Energy to implement a fixed rate increase for of its customers as well as lower the credit for solar that customers receive. The increase is now the highest in the U.S. and will significantly hurt citizen?s property rights as well as slow
  • New York Governor Cuomo Delivers a Sunny 2015 State of the State
    Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has quickly become one of our nation?s top 10 solar markets. The state?s growing solar industry employs 5,000 New Yorkers up and down the state, ranking it fifth in the nation for solar jobs. Meanwhile, the landmark NY-Sun Initiative and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) regulatory process are transforming the energy landscape. New York is already at the forefront of our nation?s clean energy transition, and the solar initiatives included in today?s State of the State address show that Governor Cuomo intends to stay there by further expanding participation in that growing solar economy.
  • In the Quest to Finance Smaller Commercial Solar Deals, Pipeline is King
    Is the solar industry starting to pay more attention to the commercial solar market? From our vantage point, it seems that way, even if just slightly. We are increasingly being approached by developers looking for ways to finance portfolios of smaller projects, as well as standalone sub-1-MW deals. Why are developers going smaller than the traditio
  • Are Floating PPAs an Idea Worth Floating to Solar Investors?
    We are seeing more and more developers structuring deals with floating, instead of fixed, power purchase agreements (PPAs) meaning that the value of the PPA is tied to electricity rates. Developers like to pitch floating PPAs to host customers because they guarantee a certain percentage discount from their utility prices each month. But while the h
  • Will Solar See More Consolidation?
    Tumbling oil prices will maintain pressure on the solar industry to consolidate by drying up investor interest in building new factories, according to an executive who just carried out a $1.2 billion merger.
  • Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor
    In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call ?microgrid as metaphor,? and distinguish it from ?microgrid as fact.? Let me elaborate.
  • Ontario Solar Feed-in Tariff Portfolio Opens Up Opportunities for Investors
    Fueled by record-setting growth in home solar installations, leading residential solar finance-and-installation companies such as SolarCity and SunPower and investment banks have been able to move briskly along and bring investors up the learning curve by introducing new financial products that lower the cost of capital to issuers while still offering attractive returns to investors.
  • Proof in Numbers: Putting Solar Job Census & Home Value Study in Perspective
    Encouraging news was published last week. Avoiding any hyperbolic phrases, the facts speak for themselves. Almost 174,000 solar workers were counted in The Solar Foundation?s 2014 Census Report. Solar wears the Triple Crown: A carbon reducer, a secured energy provider, and a proven job enabler. Way to go solar energy industry. Now, how do we make s
  • Solar Trade Case Update: US Triggers Penalties on China, Taiwan Solar Panels
    Solar panels imported from China and Taiwan harm manufacturers, a U.S. trade panel ruled, a decision that will trigger tariffs on the renewable-energy components.
  • Saudi Arabia Delays $109 Billion Solar Program Eight Years
    Saudi Arabia is delaying by eight years its target to complete clean-energy program including $109 billion in solar power, saying it needs more time to assess what technologies it will use.
  • Solar as an Energy Equity Solution
    For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) and economic rewards (too few) on those less fortunate. More than any 21st century energy source, solar can power an equitable and environmentally sound energy future. 
  • Obama's State of the Union Speech Highlights US Renewable Achievements, Clima...
    President Obama has been under intense scrutiny for what he would do about climate change ever since he was elected in 2008. Part of that scrutiny takes place during his State of the Union Speech, when renewable energy proponents search for key words about solar and wind energy and count how often he mentions "climate change."

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