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Desert Sunlight, Another 550MW Solar Farm From First Solar, Now Fully Operational

January 16, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Yet another half-gigawatt solar power project is coming on-line in California. Late last year, the 550-megawatt capacity Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation. And now Topaz has to share the crown with First Solar's 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside, California.[read more]

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

January 15, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cells and Market Competitiveness

One day, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. It was then he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce and use energy, and that he wanted to try to do something about it.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes

January 14, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Installation Speeding Up

In 2013, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then. According to new data, the U.S. solar industry completed a project every two and a half minutes in 2014, which were the result of $15 billion in investment.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

India's Green Bond: Bright Example of Innovative Clean Energy Financing

January 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Clean Energy Financing

As a new year kicks off, India's renewable energy market is surging ahead. Prime Minister Modi's government just targeted $100 billion worth of investments to support reaching the ambitious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022.[read more]

View Raising Another $75M for Smart Windows

January 11, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

View continues to be on a funding streak in 2015, with a new filing to bring in another $75 million. One year ago, the smart window startup raised $100 million. The Milpitas, California-based startup has raised $375 million since its inception as Soladigm seven years ago.[read more]

Utility Commission Ruling to Continue Growth of North Carolina Solar Industry in 2015

January 10, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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North Carolina Solar

North Carolina’s ranking of #3 in the country for solar energy investment is receiving national attention and prompting some states in the Southeast to ask, "What is North Carolina's secret?" The answer: clean energy policies that give solar companies the business certainty they need to make investments.[read more]

Cleantech Venture Capital: Why Are These Investors Smiling?

January 8, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Cleantech Venture Capital Investment

I'm going to suggest that cleantech venture capital, measured by societal impact, has been a success in 2014 and over the last few years. For the moment, I'm not going to allow conventional wisdom to intrude, and I'm going to ignore the smoking craters where most cleantech VC funds and startups once stood.[read more]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess

 

Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[read more]

A Setback for SolarWorld and a Trade Case Win for Chinese Solar Manufacturers

January 5, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Manufacturing and Trade Rulings

On Saturday morning, in a preliminary review of Chinese solar panel imports from May 2012 to November 2013, the Department of Commerce found that China was dumping product -- but just a little bit. Commerce's findings slow some of the momentum in this polarizing trade case.[read more]

The Sol-Wind IPO: Can a Renewable YieldCo Win Master Limited Partnership Benefits?

January 4, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Sol-Wind is an aggregation of 184 megawatts of mostly solar assets (with some wind) in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The firm looks to raise $100 million in this IPO, with UBS Investment Bank and Citigroup leading the transaction. Backers include hedge fund 40 North.[read more]

Could the World Be 100 Percent Solar? [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 4, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Solar Energy Adoption and Limits

Perhaps the only thing that is more unrealistic than the idea of a modern world powered 100 percent on solar energy is the idea that extracting every last bit of fossil energy is sustainable, good for the long-term economy or a habitable planet.[read more]