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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]

California's Landmark Solar Deployment Program, the CA Solar Initiative, has Successfully Lifted the State's Distributed Solar Industry into Orbit

June 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Solar Development

The California Solar Initiative (CSI), which got underway way back in 2006, is nearing its full solar energy deployment goal for one of its major program components, and it is doing so approximately two years ahead of what was scheduled.[read more]

SunShot Energy Experts on the Future of Solar Energy Finance

May 29, 2014 by Herman Trabish

SunShot and Solar Finance

Can distributed solar continue to grow in the U.S. when the ITC ratchets down and net energy metering gets trimmed? GTM Research VP Shayle Kann explored solar finance scenarios with the experts at last week's DOE SunShot Summit in Anaheim, California.[read more]

3 Ways the White House is Supporting a Solar America

May 14, 2014 by John Steller

Obama and Solar Energy Policy

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energy has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current administration.[read more]

As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Energy Advocates Claim Early Victories

March 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and solar advocates have been negotiating changes to net metering in California, the leading U.S. solar market, for years. So proposed changes to solar crediting policies have spread quickly to other leading states where utilities are starting to deal with a lot more solar on the grid.[read more]

Australia's Big Fat Solar Energy Policy Failure Exposed

March 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. However, given that government policy is a fickle political weapon, the vast majority of incentives are gone or in grave danger. The pendulum of political favour is swinging the other way.[read more]

The Great Australian Electricity Rip-Off

February 23, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Although I’ve spent more than two decades in the solar and energy field, in the last two years as solar has grown and we have become an intrinsic and material part of Australia’s energy mix I have come to realize something fundamental. The Australian public is being duped.[read more]

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Top 10 Women of Solar Energy

February 22, 2014 by Lisa Ann Pinkerton
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Top Women of Solar

Anyone who's tried to get a ticket to the consistently sold out Women in Solar Breakfast panels during Solar Power International knows the female contingent of this industry is passionate about carving out and defending their seats at the proverbial table.[read more]

US Challenges India's Solar Energy Industry, Again

February 20, 2014 by Justin Guay
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The United States filed a WTO complaint against India alleging that India may be unfairly supporting the development of its solar manufacturing industry. This complaint will only further enflame tensions between the two largest democracies over an issue we all support: deploying more clean energy.[read more]

Ivanpah: World's Biggest Solar Energy Tower Project Goes Online

February 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Largest Solar Tower Online

Yesterday was the celebration of full operation at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s biggest concentrating solar power tower project. The application for the project was filed in 2007 and was “just a bold idea," said Google’s Rick Needham.[read more]