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Which Solar Company Boasts the Highest Market Cap?

August 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Coming in with a $6.92 billion market cap (the total dollar market value of the company's outstanding shares) is First Solar, the cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panel builder and project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.[read more]

California Approves $415M for Behind-the-Meter Storage, Fuel Cells, Wind and Turbines

June 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

California's Self-Generation Incentive Program is about to be re-authorized by Governor Jerry Brown and will continue to provide $83 million per year (through 2019) for behind-the-meter generation technologies including wind, fuel cells and energy storage.[read more]

An Off-Grid Solar Energy Angels List?

June 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Finance, finance, finance. That's the number one obstacle between where our energy market currently is today and where we all need it to be: providing clean energy services for all 1.2 billion people currently without reliable energy access around the world.[read more]

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

May 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Solar Financing

The off-grid solar market is booming. From Tower Power to pay-as-you-go solar, previously untapped clean energy markets are being unlocked by innovative businesses. Now, investors are sitting up and taking notice. In just the past four months, almost $45 million has been invested.[read more]

Loan Guarantees Are Back: DOE Targets 'Catalytic' Grid Integration Technology

April 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Three years after the Department of Energy issued its last loan guarantee to a renewable energy project, the program is officially back in action. Ending a long hiatus, the DOE indicated that it would finally use the remaining $1.5 billion allocated by Congress for loans to clean energy project developers.[read more]

Coordination is California's Least Cost Path to a Clean Energy Future

January 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A new study for California’s largest investor-owned and public utilities is just the latest in a long series of influential reports that are identifying the range of measures needed to add large amounts of renewable power to the grid quickly.[read more]

How the Army Became a Leader in Third-Party Clean Energy Financing

January 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The Army and Third-Party Financing

News stories about the Army don’t always leave readers with a warm and fuzzy feeling. But if you work in a clean energy industry, or are a taxpayer concerned about Defense’s $4 billion annual energy bill for its facilities, the recent policies and actions of the Army in this area are bound to make you smile.[read more]

Clean Energy Continues to Be a Smart Investment

January 16, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Clean Energy and Investment

Renewable energy isn’t just about cutting pollution. It also helps keep our homes heated and the lights on during extreme weather. When frigid temperatures last week caused the unexpected shutdown of two power plants in Texas, wind energy stepped in to help keep residents warm.[read more]

Securitization: The Future of Solar Finance

November 6, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

The energy finance community has been eagerly anticipating the introduction of solar asset-backed securities, “solar securitization,” for at least three years. But sooner or later, securitization is coming to solar finance, and it will have a profound impact on solar industry development.[read more]

US Navy Triples Funding For Clean Energy In Hawaii

September 16, 2013 by Tina Casey

Navy Clean Energy Funding


The US Navy has just pumped $30 million into the Energy Excelerator, a funding agency for renewable energy start-ups in Hawaii. Even at that modest initial funding level, the program has raised private sector follow-on investments totaling more than $38 million.[read more]

Energy Finance: Reduce Risk, Increase Clean Energy

August 9, 2013 by Lewis Milford

The Clean Energy and Bond Finance Initiative released a paper about state and city level innovations in clean energy finance, especially the new creative uses of bonds to support clean energy. It makes a simple point: to make the old new again is the future of clean energy finance.[read more]

How Clean Energy Victory Bonds Can Power Our Future

July 29, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

While we weren’t looking, a major new market has developed and could be the next big thing for clean energy in the U.S.-- it’s the market for green bonds. Especially exciting are the bonds being promoted by Green America, Clean Energy Victory Bonds.[read more]

...and Two Steps Back for Cleantech

June 5, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Neither the failure of Better Place, which might yet find a bargain-hunting savior, nor the retreat of DESERTEC looks like a mortal blow to the long energy transition now underway.[read more]

Latin America’s Largest Solar Energy Plant In The Works

May 31, 2013 by Tina Casey

cause for celebration?

A new 30 MW solar photovoltaic power plant is currently being constructed in Mexico — in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Once completed, the plant will be Latin America’s largest photovoltaic solar energy plant.[read more]

MLP Parity Act: Enormous Benefits for Renewable Energy Industry

May 7, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

In what is the second bill introduced recently to reinforce the idea of energy efficiency in the last few weeks, a major financial breakthrough could clear a path towards substantial renewable energy growth in the US.[read more]