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From Shopping to Investing, Online Platforms Are Changing the Business of Solar

September 21, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Shopping for Solar Online?

When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts. In one question, the 4,000 homeowners who participated were asked where they got the idea to buy solar.[read more]

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]

Why Did Apple Pay So Much for 130 MW of Solar? Is Google Part of the Answer?

March 4, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

Apple Solar Investment

Sometimes, we write blog posts that pose rhetorical questions in the title. This time, I have real questions concerning Apple and First Solar announcing that Apple was paying $848 million for 25 years of the output of a 130 MW block of First Solar’s California Flats project in SE Monterey County.[read more]

Are Solar Farms Declining in the United States?

February 19, 2015 by Alicia Hobbs

Solar Farms and Failure in the U.S.

Solar Farms were some of the biggest projects in deserts across the United States for years after the drop in solar panel prices. But, due to the changed in government policy, that all could come to an end. The future of solar panel farms and solar thermal farms is discussed in the United States and the world.[read more]

Single-Family Solar Energy Beats S&P 500 in 46 out of 50 American Cities

January 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy Return on Investment

A just-released report finds that for owners of single-family homes, solar power's likely a better investment than plunking hard-earned cash into the Standards & Poor's 500 stock index; that index has returned about 6.6 percent per year over the last 25 years.[read more]

What Will Happen When the ITC is Reduced?

December 4, 2014 by Anna Bacheller

The future of the solar industry could be uncertain after the solar investment tax credit (ITC) is reduced from 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2016. The ITC was originally put in place in 2006 to incentivize adoption of solar technology as an alternative to more traditional energy sources like natural gas.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]

Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market

April 9, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Residential Solar Energy Investment

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 prices continue to fall.[read more]

Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

March 27, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar and Energy Poverty

Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally. These initiatives could unleash billions in investments in renewable energy around the globe.[read more]

Money From the Sun

March 1, 2014 by David Baldwin

Solar Currency

As altcoins gain notoriety with news of Bitcoin's ups and downs, a new player has come onto the scene: SolarCoin. The new cryptocurrency will be awarded to solar energy generators, at a value of one coin for one MWh of solar energy generated.[read more]