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Critics Say Massachusetts' New Solar Bill Would Create an Unfair Exchange

New concerns are being raised by solar advocates in Massachusetts about recent solar policy revisions resulting from a landmark agreement between utilities and the solar industry.The solar bill H.4185 is currently working its way through the state...

Posted July 9, 2014    

Lessons From the Making of the Massachusetts Solar Compromise Bill

The Massachusetts legislature could serve as an example of how to resolve the net energy metering policy debate between the solar industry and utilities -- if the continuing debate over the bill can be brought to a mutually amenable conclusion....

Posted July 6, 2014    

Workflow Automation and Green Button Data Cut Soft Costs From Residential Solar

The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs has produced a new variation on sales workflow automation.EnACT, a just-launched software-as-a-service (SaaS) for solar, aims to streamline interactions between potential customers and providers of...

Posted June 27, 2014    

Integrated AC Solar Modules From Big Vendors Gaining Market Acceptance

Trina Solar and Tigo Energy are claiming that their AC module was just added to Clean Power Finance's approved vendor list. The new module is manufactured with a Tigo DC optimizer built into the factory-installed junction box."This listing is a...

Posted June 15, 2014    

SunShot Energy Experts on the Future of Solar Energy Finance

Can distributed solar continue to grow in the U.S. when the ITC ratchets down and net energy metering gets trimmed? GTM Research VP Shayle Kann explored solar finance scenarios with the experts at last week's DOE SunShot Summit in Anaheim,...

Posted May 29, 2014    

How Utilities Can Stop Losing Revenue and Start Making Money on Solar Energy

While some talk about the necessity of developing new utility business models, solar finance and installation leaders are actually making it happen by forging partnerships with retail electricity providers.    Clean Power Finance’s...

Posted May 21, 2014    

Financing Utility-Scale Solar in the Years Ahead

Utilities are procuring less large-scale solar and offtake rates are dropping, but there are still ways to move ahead, according to a panel of experts at the recent GTM Solar Summit.Hecate Energy does not wait for utility RFPs, according to Fazli...

Posted May 8, 2014    

Experts: Cost Gap Between Renewables and Natural Gas 'Is Closing'

The cost of renewables is steadily catching up to the cost of natural gas and will soon beat it.According to a panel of researchers at the Windpower 2014 conference, continued improvements in wind and solar technologies are making them a threat to...

Posted May 7, 2014    

Trimming Solar Balance-of-System Costs With Electronics and Racking

The solar balance-of-system and racking sector is under intense pressure to reduce costs -- but it won't be easy, according to key industry players in attendance at GTM’s recent Solar Summit.Cutting racking costs will be like bleeding a stone,...

Posted April 28, 2014    

Are There More Willing Investors Than Bankable Solar Projects?

Deals last week involving Sol Systems-Hannon Armstrong and Yingli-Sailing Capital added to the stream of recent solar capital, bringing in a total of $260 million. The deals reinforced increasing chatter in the industry (led by SunEdison...

Posted April 24, 2014    

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.TASC’...

Posted April 15, 2014    

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where...

Posted April 11, 2014