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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part I: What is a Yieldco?

April 13, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing and Yieldcos

Massive infrastructure transitions take massive amounts of capital, and the ongoing transition to 100 percent clean energy is not any different. The technology of the clean energy industry has proven its reliability and the costs are continuing to fall.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's 'Solar Ready Vets' Program

April 11, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and Solar Ready Vets

The “Solar Ready Vets” program aims to train 75,000 workers, including veterans, to enter the solar industry by 2020. The Department of Energy will join the Pentagon to run the training program which will occur at 10 military bases across the country.[read more]

Solar Energy: Cost Over Concern

April 3, 2015 by Terri Engels

Solar Benefits and Perception

The shunning of coal as a main power source and the placing of faith in solar energy has been thanks in part to the Federal Investment Tax Credit. Yet despite the success of solar, concerns are mounting as to what will happen when the 30% tax credit expires in 2017.[read more]

Australian Solar Mergers and Acquisitions Break Records

April 2, 2015 by Nigel Morris

The recent announcement that international solar energy company Solar Power, Inc. will acquire an 80 percent stake in Australian solar wholesaler SolarJuice, sets a fascinating new milestone for the possibilities of mergers and acquisitions in the solar space.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

3 Ways of Looking at the Solar Opportunity in India

March 17, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

Will India be the solar opportunity of a lifetime? Or is it just noise? To some extend, it comes down to what one believes: Will India develop? Will its government be part of the solution or part of the problem? There are three ways of looking at this market: The “Vision”, the “Reality” and the “Need” perspective.[read more]

How the Solar Industry and Climate Activists Can Realistically Work Together

February 20, 2015 by Carter Lavin

Activists and Solar Business Cooperation

Climate activists and the solar industry are natural allies. Both groups want solar arrays on every home, school, and business; solar jobs in every town; and a fossil-fuel-free electric grid. Together these groups would be an unstoppable political force. Unfortunately, they aren’t working together, yet.[read more]

Solar Business: A Renovators Dream?

February 5, 2015 by Nigel Morris

There seem to be a lot of milestones being reached recently in the solar industry down under. We are in the next phase of solar business evolution as belts tighten, businesses downsize and the market adjusts. 2014’s lack of growth over previous years was felt across the industry and its tough out there.[read more]

What Will Happen When the ITC is Reduced?

December 4, 2014 by Anna Bacheller
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The future of the solar industry could be uncertain after the solar investment tax credit (ITC) is reduced from 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2016. The ITC was originally put in place in 2006 to incentivize adoption of solar technology as an alternative to more traditional energy sources like natural gas.[read more]

Time for Solar Resource-Rich India to Capitalize on Financing Solutions

December 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India Solar Finance Solutions

 

These are exciting times for India’s solar market. The solar resource-rich country just crossed the 3 gigawatt mark for total installed solar capacity. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the United States Export-Import Bank just signed an MOU for cooperation on clean energy investments.[read more]

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

September 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering. Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market. The Vivint announcement follows the very successful run in SolarCity stock since its IPO in late 2012.[read more]

How Monitoring and Control are Changing Solar Businesses

September 11, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Smart monitoring has come a long way and is just going to keep getting better. For solar businesses in Australia, systems that can help you build annuities, minimize costs, and back sell to past customers seems like pretty good sense to me.[read more]

Solar Could Grow Faster if We Had a Functioning Federal Government

August 27, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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It is obvious that the United States federal government is struggling to perform basic governance functions and, it is incapable of leading the transition to a renewable economy. Nevertheless, one of the key elements of that transition, the adoption of solar power, is well underway in the U.S.[read more]

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

July 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.[read more]

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

July 15, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Community Solar Projects

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in solar panels someplace else. It’s a tempting concept, because roughly three-quarters of Americans don’t have solar-friendly rooftops.[read more]