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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

April 27, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Renewables and the Future

After a dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and efficiency. Yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing.[read more]

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

April 26, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

SoarCity Expansion

SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions.[read more]

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part 2: Solar Securitization

April 20, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing

I first reported on the securitization of solar assets back in November 2013 when SolarCity announced a $54 million offering. This small offering (by Wall Street standards) was a way for SolarCity to test the waters of a new financing outlet and potentially reduce its cost of capital.[read more]

Going Solar Should Be No More Difficult than Getting Cable TV

April 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Installation Efficiency

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn't be particularly hard or time-consuming.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy Seduction of Renewables

April 16, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewables' powerful, seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs.[read more]

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

April 15, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access and Financing

Access to finance is the largest barrier to ending energy poverty for millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. So, with little fanfare Swiss fund manager Responsability unveiled a milestone for clean energy access markets - the first dedicated debt fund totaling $30 million.[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part I: What is a Yieldco?

April 13, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing and Yieldcos

Massive infrastructure transitions take massive amounts of capital, and the ongoing transition to 100 percent clean energy is not any different. The technology of the clean energy industry has proven its reliability and the costs are continuing to fall.[read more]

Hawaii's Utility Is Approving a Backlog of More Than 3,000 Solar Installations

April 12, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Hawaii Solar Installations

Last week, utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) said it had approved all the delayed rooftop solar applications on Maui and Hawaii island that had been waiting since October, according to Jim Alberts, senior VP of customer service at HECO, who spoke at the Maui Energy Conference.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's 'Solar Ready Vets' Program

April 11, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and Solar Ready Vets

The “Solar Ready Vets” program aims to train 75,000 workers, including veterans, to enter the solar industry by 2020. The Department of Energy will join the Pentagon to run the training program which will occur at 10 military bases across the country.[read more]