Solar Power

Realizing our True (Solar) Potential

February 8, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Widespread Solar Deployment

Nations worldwide are increasingly embracing solar power as an alternative electricity source for homes, buildings, and even the grid. Since 2008, installed solar capacity in the United States alone has grown 17-fold, from 1.2 to 20 gigawatts (GW), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]

Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Expected to Grow 9% This Year

February 8, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables and Electricity Generation

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015.[read more]

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

February 3, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Whole Power Markets in 2016

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets.[read more]

Solar Customers Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against NV Energy

January 19, 2016 by Martin LaMonica
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Solar customers in Nevada are taking legal action against NV Energy in response to controversial changes to the state's net metering program.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Weighs In on Nevada’s Bitter Solar Fight

January 12, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Las Vegas Sun last week to chat with the newspaper’s editors, the first question wasn’t about jobs, gun control or Benghazi. The first question was about solar.[read more]

The Overlooked Solar Opportunity in India

January 12, 2016 by Katherine Tweed
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The problem of energy access in India is enormous. According to the International Energy Agency, some 237 million Indians (close to a fifth of the population) were living without electricity as of 2015.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan
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Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

January 5, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Lobbying and Subsidies

The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, wasn't set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50% since 2010 and installations hitting record numbers, companies worried about a collapse of demand and a wave of job losses in 2017.[read more]

Preparing for Large-Scale Solar Deployment

December 31, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar Development on a Large Scale

Deploying solar power at the scale needed to alleviate climate change will pose serious challenges for today’s electric power system, finds a study performed by researchers at MIT and the Institute for Research and Technology (ITT) at Comillas University in Spain.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

December 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

IPO Reviews and Predictions

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) or acquisition is the promised land for venture capital-funded startups -- but the fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills to go public, compared to other fields.[read more]

Survey: Half of Small Solar Installers Don’t Offer Leases or PPAs

December 30, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Installers and Financing Options

More than half of small residential solar installers surveyed said that they do not offer any leases or power-purchase agreements, according to a new survey. EnergySage polled more than 100 small- and mid-sized installers and found that the majority offer only cash purchases or unsecured loans.[read more]

A Sunny Future for Utility-Scale Solar

December 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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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
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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]