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'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Energy Companies Win National Geographic Terra Watt Prize

June 16, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Pay-As-You-Go Solar Energy Prize

Just as solar leasing from the likes of SolarCity unlocked the solar market in the U.S., pay as you go solar providers are unlocking solar power for the masses worldwide. That's a big reason the off-grid solar market is booming, with over $45 million flowing into the market since November, 2013.[read more]

Barclays Just Threw Gasoline on the Fire that is the Battle Between Utilities and the Solar Industry

June 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Last month Barclays downgraded the high-grade bond market for the entire electric utility sector because “we believe that a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and residential-scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo.”[read more]

Is the Australian Solar Market Slipping as Tariffs Recede?

March 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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After years of booming growth in solar, Australia is encountering problems familiar to Germany’s solar-rich, some say too-rich, energy market. Reversals in government policy on carbon reduction and renewable energy targets have made for some serious solar retrenchment in the country.[read more]

All New Australian Solar Energy Forecast and Industry Intelligence Reports Released

March 23, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Navigating the ups and downs of the Australian solar industry is not getting any easier. Many of our programs and policies are teetering on a knife edge, the market is changing dramatically and the result is that the future is murkier than ever.[read more]

Solar’s Faceoff: Feed In Tariff Versus Net Energy Metering

January 13, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Solar's Faceoff

The first and most famous U.S. feed-in tariff has been suspended and rooftop solar advocates are calling for the industry to rally instead around net energy metering. The FIT currently increases residential rates by around $3 per month per 1,000 kilowatt-hours.[read more]

The World's Top 10 Solar Energy Countries

December 16, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Energy Countries

In 2012 solar power produced just 0.5% of global electricity. It’s only a speck compared to coal (42%), natural gas (21%), hydro (15%) and nuclear (12%). But solar is a startup. And market share is certainly not the right way to judge a startup.[read more]

The Solar Energy Industry is Red Hot - Will it Get Hotter?

December 11, 2013 by Elias Hinckley
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Solar Industry and Growth

The solar industry is on a very good run recently. Changing aspects of the industry such falling prices and some stable incentive programs have accelerated deployment of solar PV, as shifting market fundamentals make for a very bright future.[read more]

Clean Energy's Next Big Market Off-Grid Solar

November 7, 2013 by Justin Guay
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Off-Grid Solar Energy

Everywhere you look, the off-grid clean energy market is booming. Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing 300 percent compound annual growth in off-grid lighting, and Bangladesh is putting up 30,000 to 40,000 solar home systems every month.[read more]

The Rise and Rise of Taiwan Solar Energy

October 23, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Taiwan Solar Energy

For those of us who live outside of Asia, understanding Taiwan can be a complex endeavor, but its history provides a truly fascinating insight into just exactly why it has grown to become the world’s second largest PV cell producer since 2010.[read more]

Solar Energy: Suntech Takeover Bids Heat Up

October 16, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Solar Energy and Suntech

The challenges faced by the worlds PV manufacturers are big. Really big. According to recent analysis, the top 10 Chinese solar manufacturers have a combined debt running at US$16.3bn. The role of Suntech in this story is an important one given their former size and status.[read more]

EDF Renewable Energy Dedicate 143 MW Californian Solar Energy Project

October 4, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Solar Energy Projects

French energy giant EDF Renewable Energy have inaugurated their latest project, the 143 MW Catalina Solar project located near Kern County in California, US, the company’s largest utility-scale solar PV project currently installed.[read more]

U.S. Solar Industry Has Record-Breaking Year in 2010

March 11, 2011 by Nathanael Baker
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A new industry report conducted by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research highlights record-breaking growth for the United States' solar power industry in 2010. According to the U.S. Solar Market InsightTM: Year-In-Review 2010 [pdf], the industry's total value grew 67% from US$3.6 billion to US$6.0 billion last...[read more]

First Solar Primed to Blow Competition Away in 2011

October 22, 2010 by Nathanael Baker
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First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR), already the market leader in thin-film solar modules, has expansion plans that will see it increase its manufacturing capacity over the next two years, further separating itself from its competition. The U.S.-based company has announced it will be adding manufacturing plants in the United States, Vietnam,...[read more]

India Poised to Launch Far-Reaching National Solar Mission

January 15, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins
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Last summer, India announced an ambitious new National Solar Mission to transform the rapidly developing nation into a world leader in solar power.  The government announced a sweeping plan that included $100 billion in government investment over the next twenty years to support the nation's drive to become a world solar leader and...[read more]