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Flow Battery Builder UET Ends Year With $25M Investment From Japan's Orix

A happy ending for a hopeful year in energy storageUniEnergy Technologies, a startup commercializing flow batteries in energy storage applications, just finished off 2015 with $25 million more in its electrolyte tanks. The round B of funding was led...

Posted January 1, 2016    

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

We grade GTM’s predictions, assess 2015, and desperately scour the ranks for 2016’s IPOs.GTM has a respectable track record in predicting cleantech IPOs -- despite the conspicuous lonesomeness of these events. An Initial Public Offering (IPO)...

Posted December 31, 2015    

Off Grid Electric Raises $45M in Debt for African Micro-Solar Leasing Platform

Lyndon Rive and DBL’s Nancy Pfund are on the board on of an African version of SolarCity.Off Grid Electric, a micro-solar leasing platform geared toward residents of Africa, just announced that it raised $45 million in debt financing for solar power...

Posted December 28, 2015    

Strong Funding for Solar Finance, Technology, and Startups Despite Stock Market Carnage

A roundup of recent positive financial solar news from SolarCity, Sunrun, Sungevity, DOE, Sunnova and more.Despite solar stocks plummeting in a "bizarre confluence of contradictory events," low-cost capital, DOE funding and VC are pouring into the...

Posted November 23, 2015    

Enphase Microinverter Course Correction Includes Layoffs of 7% of Staff

Momentum shifts to SolarEdge in the growing module-level power electronics segment.As we've reported, the contrasts are stark for Enphase and SolarEdge, the two leaders in the growing module-level power electronics segment.While solar panel...

Posted November 13, 2015    

Do Bloom Fuel Cells Qualify as Low-Emissions Distributed Generation?

Yes, according to the CPUC’s tortured math.In a newly revised proposed decision, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) lowered the emissions threshold to be eligible for its Self-Generation Incentive Program subsidy to 334 kilograms of...

Posted November 11, 2015    

White House Announcement Means 'Today Is a Very Big Day for PACE'

An improved PACE program is just one of many energy initiatives announced by Obama recently in Las Vegas.Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the U.S. were cleared today with an announcement made by...

Posted August 25, 2015    

Saudi Investors Join $70 Million VC Round For Solexel's Thin Silicon Solar Technology

More than $240 million in funding, so far, as Solexel moves to volume production of high-efficiency thin silicon solar panelsSolexel, one of the few remaining stand-alone solar silicon startups, has completed a long-in-the-making $70 million round...

Posted August 18, 2015    

Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan Includes Massive Growth in Solar

It’s easy to lead in renewable energy policy when most of the opposition doesn’t fully accept climate change.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently issued a renewable energy vision fact sheet that sets aggressive goals for solar...

Posted July 31, 2015    

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

“The biggest missed opportunity in solar” When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range has been a no-man's land for solar installers.According to Lyndon Rive, SolarCity'...

Posted July 30, 2015    

Financing Energy Storage: Taking Cues From the Success of PV

“My job at SunEdison is to get the YieldCo comfortable with energy storage. When we do, it will be groundbreaking.”Three battle-scarred renewable energy veterans, now deep in the energy storage industry, confronted the challenges of getting energy...

Posted July 7, 2015    

Solar Star, Largest PV Power Plant in the World, Now Operational

579 megawatts on-line in Antelope Valley, built by SunPower and now owned by BHE RenewablesBHE Renewables' 579-megawatt solar project in Antelope Valley, California is now fully connected to the California ISO grid. That allows the facility, dubbed...

Posted June 25, 2015