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Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different...

Posted December 20, 2014    

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business.Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small...

Posted December 18, 2014    

World Record Solar Module Efficiency of 40.4% From CPV Startup RayGen

RayGen Resources of Australia and the University of New South Wales have built a solar module with a world-record efficiency of 40.4 percent. The results were verified at NREL's test facility and handily beat the previous module record of 36.7...

Posted December 13, 2014    

Rest in Peace: The Fallen Solar Companies of 2014

Keeping track of failing solar companies in 2011 and 2012 bordered on full-time work. That was when solar manufacturing overcapacity and price pressure brutally culled the field. The 2014 dead pool is much smaller and much less painful to view....

Posted December 6, 2014    

SunEdison, TerraForm Buy First Wind For $2.4B to Become Renewable Project Giant

SunEdison and its YieldCo Teraform just acquired wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. It means SunEdison is in the wind business and can now add wind projects to the solar project pipeline of its YieldCo, TerraForm. The purchase price was...

Posted November 23, 2014    

SunPower Is Tripling Solar Capacity, Boosting Cell Efficiency, Adding Energy Management and Storage

It's analyst day at solar manufacturer and project developer SunPower. We'll be tuning in throughout the morning -- but here are a few of today's announcements, along with the firm's guidance. (And here's the presentation.)SunPower will be tripling...

Posted November 21, 2014    

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

AES is building a 400 MW-hour lithium-ion battery for SCE as an alternative to gas peaker plants.The world's biggest battery is coming to California.Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy...

Posted November 18, 2014    

US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

Is tariff-based trade action effective?SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon recently.In June, German-owned and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the...

Posted November 5, 2014    

New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

A small solicitation for energy storage in the Garden State bears the experience of Hurricane Sandy.Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization...

Posted October 31, 2014    

$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last...

Posted October 24, 2014    

Tesla's Powertrain Group: Driving the Grid-Scale Energy Storage Business

While Tesla may have recently made its big announcement, we also recently heard from Tesla's Director of Powertrain Business Development, Mateo Jaramillo, the keynote speaker at last week's Energy Storage North America. He spoke of Tesla's...

Posted October 11, 2014    

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

The rift over how to equitably compensate distributed solar power producers for the electricity they generate has just gotten a bit more stark.The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity,...

Posted September 30, 2014