Solar Power

A Sunny Future for Utility-Scale Solar

December 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Utility-Scale Solar

Utility-scale solar has actually been reaching “grid parity” (i.e., cost equivalency) with traditional generation in more and more areas across the country. And solar received a major boost when the federal tax incentive was recently extended through 2021.[read more]

Off Grid Electric Raises $45M in Debt for African Micro-Solar Leasing Platform

December 28, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Africa and Solar Micro-Loans

Off Grid Electric, a micro-solar leasing platform geared toward residents of Africa, just announced that it raised $45 million in debt financing for solar power and battery storage. The Packard Foundation, Ceniarth, Calvert Foundation and other family offices will lend up to $40 million to the fund.[read more]

Virginia Wind and Solar Companies sSay Tax Credit Extensions Cue Up a Happy New Year

December 24, 2015 by Ivy Main

Virginia and Renewable Tax Credits

Congress included a welcome gift to the wind and solar industries in last week’s package of goodies that made up the year-end spending bill. For the wind industry, the renewal of the expired production tax credit (PTC) with a five-year phase-out finally ends the guessing game.[read more]

Solar Energy from Discarded Car Batteries

December 23, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Energy and Industrial Recycling

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a simple procedure for making a promising type of solar cell using lead recovered from discarded lead-acid car batteries — a practice that could benefit both the environment and human health.[read more]

A Grand Compromise on Energy?

December 17, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

The idea of a Congressional "grand compromise" on energy has been debated for years. A decade ago, such an agreement might have opened up access for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in exchange for "cap and trade" or some other comprehensive national greenhouse gas emissions policy.[read more]

Will Data Unlock Billions in Solar Investment for the Poor?

December 17, 2015 by Justin Guay

Data and Dealing with Energy Poverty

When it comes to unlocking solar energy for the world's poorest citizens, it's really all about the money. That's why this week's announcement that beyond the grid solar firm BBOXX will lead the industry's first ever securitization is really big news.[read more]

California Net Metering 2.0 Keeps Retail Rates for Rooftop Solar

December 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

California Net Metering

California regulators have proposed a future net metering regime that will preserve retail payments for residential rooftop PV. But the proposal adds new interconnection costs and non-bypassable charges to distributed solar systems, while also imposing new minimum bill requirements and time-of-use rates.[read more]

California's International Model for Climate Success

December 16, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC

California and Climate Action

The ongoing COP21 international climate agreement negotiations should be guided by California’s experience. While our transition is ongoing, smart policy and bipartisan leadership have reduced emissions and increased renewable energy while creating economic growth.[read more]

After Paris, What's Next for Solar?

December 15, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

Paris and Solar

Even with so much going on at COP21, renewable energy remained the focal point during the discussions. Seemingly every speech touted the many benefits of renewables, and how solar and wind are already achieving grid parity with fossil fuels in an increasing amount of markets.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2015, Part 1

December 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy over the past year.

Advanced energy makes news, and 2015 was proof of that. From American offshore wind finally breaking water to energy storage gigafactories to fundamental changes in the way utilities make money, businesses big and small had impact on the way the world generates and uses energy.[read more]

Solar Marketing Lessons from EcoAmerica's Climate Change Research

December 10, 2015 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Marketing Lessons

The first and most important rule of talking to people in the United States about the subject of climate change is simple: Don’t actually talk about climate change. That’s the word from EcoAmerica, based on their latest research on climate messaging.[read more]

Horizontal Integration in CleanTech

December 8, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

CleanTech Business Model

Over the last few years, vertical integration has grown to be the go-to strategy for renewables and cleantech companies that are looking to expand. How can organizations benefit from the more traditional business approach of horizontal integration?[read more]

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Should Home Solar Leave Behind Net Metering

December 3, 2015 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Solar and Net Metering

The Hawaii PUC has substantially restricted the state’s net metering program. As other net metering policies across the country come under fire from utilities, could the best path forward be to eliminate net metering in favor of giving distributed solar owners direct access to wholesale energy markets?[read more]

Commercial Solar Rebounds: Large Corporate Installations Up 60% in 2015

December 2, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Commercial Solar Recovery and Growth

Two years ago, Greentech Media reported, “U.S. companies are adopting solar power faster than ever before,” based on a survey of commercial solar installations from the Solar Energy Industries Association. At the time, commercial solar installations were up more than 40 percent from the year before.[read more]

Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]