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Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

Morgan Stanley: Fixed Charges on Solar May Cause 'Tipping Point' for Grid Defection

August 7, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Business Tipping Point?

Tens of millions of homeowners could soon find it advantageous to invest in solar combined with energy storage, further distancing themselves from their utility. But will they actually sever ties completely? Barring extraordinary circumstances, the economic case for grid defection is still very weak for U.S. consumers.[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]

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

July 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Efficiency and Third-Party Investment

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found financing momentum.[read more]

Financing Utility-Scale Solar in the Years Ahead

May 8, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Hecate Energy does not wait for utility RFPs, according to Fazli Qadir, the firm's CTO and EVP of EPC. Instead, the company has gone to places in the U.S. where solar is not yet built out. With offtake rates in the low $50-per-megawatt range, “it’s harder work,” he said. “But the deals are there.”[read more]

Will Crowdsourced Loans for Rooftop Solar Overtake Third-Party Ownership?

February 23, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Third-party funding for residential solar continues to drive solar growth by offering homeowners reduced electricity bills with zero-down terms. That structure now faces competition from a plan to loan homeowners the system’s full purchase price with an affordable down payment and interest rates.[read more]