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$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

October 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Residential Solar Loans

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2

October 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Go to any hardware store, flea market or electronics clearance shop and you can buy a vast array of ultra cheap, horrendously poor quality loads. The utility attitude to these devices at a residential and even some commercial levels is simple – “Go son, go!”[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

October 20, 2014 by Tom Carlson
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Solar and Tax Risk

In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.[read more]

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

October 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Defense and Climate Risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable

October 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Energy and Stable Grids

The electricity from rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. It sags and surges in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, and is also provided by lots of inverters, which create electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.[read more]

Georgia Is the Latest State to Procure Dirt-Cheap Solar Power

October 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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In Obama's America, according to conservatives, utilities are forced to consume expensive green energy mandated by the government. But in an ideal conservative America utilities would procure the cheapest and most reliable resource to deliver value to consumers. Those worlds have officially collided.[read more]

Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground

October 15, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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You might not expect Wisconsin, a state with just a few hundred solar installations, to become the next solar battleground. But utility We Energies is attempting an attack on solar — and on all its electric customers — so extreme that it’s making headlines around the country.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

Arizona Poised to Open New Market for Energy Storage

October 14, 2014 by Matt Roberts

A settlement that Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) negotiated on purchasing new generation capacity will open up opportunities for energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and renewables in the Grand Canyon State.[read more]

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The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[read more]

Comparing Apples with Oranges

October 13, 2014 by David Hone
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Comparing Capacity

Capacity comparisons look great in that they can make it appear that vast amounts of renewable energy is entering the energy mix when that is not the case. Renewable energy will undoubtedly have its day, but a generation or two will likely have to pass before we can note its significant impact.[read more]

Drought Reveals Water-Energy Connection, Cutting California's Hydropower in Half

October 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California Energy-Water Connection

California’s drought hasn’t just left its mark on dried-up fields and suburban lawns. It’s also sapped the state’s supply of hydropower, leaving natural-gas-fired generators -- and a growing share of solar and wind power -- to make up the difference.[read more]

Four Reasons Pay-As-You-Go Solar And Digital Financing Are Unlocking Energy Access For All

October 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Financing and Energy Access

Thanks to The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's (CGAP) comprehensive new report, it's easy for those interested in the transformative potential of the PAYG market -- including investors and those looking to work in energy access -- to understand the nuts and bolts of this nascent market.[read more]