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Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market

The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation...

Posted April 9, 2014    

Tesla's $5B Giga Battery Factory and Deep Politics in AZ, TX, NV, and NM

The yet unnamed location of Elon Musk's outrageously ambitious $5 billion Tesla battery factory has been narrowed down to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico or Nevada for a while now. Construction potentially starts this year.Electric vehicle pioneer Tesla...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

Texas utility Austin Energy is going to be paying 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power, and it could mean lower customer rates.City-owned Austin Energy is about to sign a 25-year PPA with Sun Edison for 150 megawatts of solar power at "just...

Posted March 12, 2014    

Distributed Solar Energy Is Forcing Change at the Grid Edge

Recently, Greentech Media, Solar One and NYC ACRE hosted this year's first Clean Energy Connections event in the 2014 series, The Expansion of Distributed PV in the Age of the Grid Edge, live from the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York...

Posted March 11, 2014    

China Confirms 14 Gigawatts of Solar Energy Incentives for 2014

China will be the number one solar market again in 2014 if it meets its recently announced goals.China's National Energy Administration has set a 2014 goal of incentivizing 14 gigawatts of domestic solar capacity, 6 gigawatts aimed at utility scale...

Posted February 19, 2014    

The Budding Latin America Solar Market: 5 Key Takeaways

Adam James and the GTM Research team have initiated coverage of Latin America's solar industry with the Latin America PV Playbook. Thursday's webinar provided a glimpse into this ongoing regional research.As we've reported, Latin America is about to...

Posted January 27, 2014    

China Decides Which Solar Energy Companies Live or Die

"The government picking winners and losers" versus "the free market": It's the eternal debate at the center of any discussion about Chinese or American industrial and energy policy. The argument also arises in discussions between American...

Posted January 14, 2014    

Mexico as Bellwether for an Unsubsidized Solar Eenrgy Future

Latin America is about to find out whether unsubsidized solar can be an economic market reality.While generous subsidies have driven the thriving solar markets of Germany, Japan, China and the U.S., botched efforts in Spain, Italy, and the Czech...

Posted January 8, 2014    

Selling Solar Energy: Why Does It Cost 49 Cents per Watt to Win a PV Customer in the US?

Why is it so difficult to win a residential solar customer in the U.S.?Why does it cost 49 cents per watt to acquire a customer in the U.S. while it costs less than 7 cents per watt in Germany?That's about $3,000 for the typical 6-kilowatt...

Posted December 17, 2013    

Germany Hits 59 Percent Renewable Peak, Grid Does Not Explode

Wind and solar power peaked at 59.1 percent of German power generation earlier this month. It happened at noon on a very windy and sunny October 3 -- the German holiday commemorating reunification. (Germany hit 61 percent, a record, and 59 percent...

Posted November 2, 2013    

GTM Research Exposes Hidden Solar Energy Growth Markets

GTM Research Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman spoke this week at Solar Power International's Industry Trends booth where he honed in on five U.S. states with big upside in solar growth.Growth in U.S. solar has been remarkable. As we've reported, 8.9...

Posted October 31, 2013    

Will Plug Power Be the First Profitable Fuel Cell Company?

Plug Power's CEO, Andy Marsh, is looking for profitability for his fuel cell firm in 2014.A profitable quarter for a publicly traded fuel cell company would break a 100-year drought in the sector. But several other large fuel-cell firms may be on...

Posted October 27, 2013