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The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

Over the next two years, America will build roughly 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. When up and running, those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013.Why such a big...

Posted December 16, 2014    

This Map Explains Why the Ivanpah Solar Plant Is Performing Worse Than Expected

As if displaced desert tortoises, burned birds and political theater around the loan guarantee program weren't enough problems for the Ivanpah concentrating solar project, the owners are now dealing with lower-than-expected...

Posted December 10, 2014    

Germany's Biggest Utility, E.ON Is Divesting Fully From Centralized Power Plants

Executives from E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, announced plans to leave the centralized power business in order to focus exclusively on distributed energy and "empowering customers."In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday...

Posted December 3, 2014    

New York's Energy Czar: We Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates

In the wake of an election season that pitted climate warriors against coal defenders, mostly along partisan lines, progressives on energy policy were disappointed after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate earlier this month.But not...

Posted December 2, 2014    

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

Between 2012 and 2013, the amount of money invested globally in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped by $28 billion globally.At a time when scientists say we need to start seeing a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop...

Posted November 25, 2014    

Are Housing Regulators Quietly Dropping Their Opposition to PACE?

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government entity responsible for regulating America's multi-trillion-dollar secondary mortgage market, is reportedly easing its opposition to local programs that allow homeowners to pay for renewable energy...

Posted November 15, 2014    

DoE: The Clean Energy Loan Program Is Already Making a Profit for Taxpayers

When Department of Energy officials talk about the embattled loan guarantee program for clean energy, they bring the same kind of confidence that President Obama first displayed when touring the Solyndra factory in 2010.“It’s a portfolio that JP...

Posted November 14, 2014    

Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy's Growing Political Strength

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal.After nine months of talks, the White House announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic...

Posted November 13, 2014    

The End of a Solar Era: The Legacy of the California Solar Initiative

Over the last decade, most of the leading solar markets around the world have faced some kind of dramatic slowdown or freeze after starting out strong.Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic have all had to suddenly adjust or...

Posted November 6, 2014    

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

With 40 new recipients, it depends on the company. The Department of Energy contends its SunShot investments are targeting the right places.Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural...

Posted October 28, 2014    

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

The 20th-century electric grid is an extraordinary feat of engineering that has been a core driver of economic progress in developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations in the 21st century.The grid of the past valued what...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy's Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support.Rather than trying to adjust net metering...

Posted October 25, 2014