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New China Energy Policy Focuses on Distributed Solar and Innovative Financing Tools

China is moving to accelerate its deployment of distributed rooftop solar with new incentives and new financing tools akin to the SolarCity leasing model.The National Energy Administration of China released a policy document earlier this week which...

Posted September 8, 2014    

Better, Cheaper Loans Challenging the Solar Leasing Model?

Dividend Solar is looking to challenge the existing residential solar financing structure with "solar-ownership-as-a-service."Third-party ownership remains the dominant model for financing a residential solar installation in the U.S., but that's...

Posted September 6, 2014    

Greensmith to Deploy Aqueous, Lithium-Ion and Flow Batteries for Grid Storage

As the energy storage market develops and shakes out, it's worth keeping an eye on Greensmith. The startup is a software developer and system integrator that has attracted investment, personnel and a growing roster of turnkey energy storage projects...

Posted September 3, 2014    

How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

Geopolitically and congressionally, the phrase "United States" means the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. (There are also some...

Posted August 31, 2014    

SolarWorld Wins Trade Case, But Faces Sliding Stock, Faulty Lug Recall, and More

Here's a roundup of SolarWorld's tumultuous summer.Winning trade battlesIn June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company's trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed...

Posted August 28, 2014    

Failed Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC, and Due Diligence

Failed MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems faces the sell-off of its assets and IP after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength...

Posted August 26, 2014    

Which Solar Company Boasts the Highest Market Cap?

Coming in with a $6.92 billion market cap (the total dollar market value of the company's outstanding shares) is First Solar, the cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panel builder and project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.In...

Posted August 24, 2014    

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

It's difficult to compete if you can't calculate or agree on the true cost of your product. That sometimes seems the plight of the wind and solar power industries.A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report...

Posted August 22, 2014    

California Utility SCE Selects Vendors for 1.3GW of New Solar Projects

Southern California Edison has signed contracts for more than 1,300 megawatts of new solar power across seven large-scale projects, according to a release. The utility has also recontracted 225 megawatts of geothermal energy with the existing...

Posted August 10, 2014    

GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom...

Posted August 2, 2014    

SolarCity Quietly Moving to Loans and Customer-Owned Solar

Officially, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint do not offer loans for the residential photovoltaic (PV) systems that they help finance and install.Unofficially, it's another story.These market-leading firms make their money with residential solar leases...

Posted July 30, 2014    

SolarWorld Wins Again: Big Anti-Dumping Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case

The Department of Commerce has again found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, in its Chinese solar module trade case. The preliminary decision imposes significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.The decision...

Posted July 28, 2014