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Residential PACE on the Rise; Innovative Solar Financing

July 1, 2015 by Dan Scripps

Residential PACE Financing

In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Authority almost killed Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) for residential properties. A lot can happen in five years, and what was once a program on the verge of foreclosure is now a booming market.[read more]

How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?

June 23, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Distributed Generation Planning

In the U.S., residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11% over the previous quarter: In those states where residential solar is taking hold, there are mounting concerns that rate structures currently in place to support residential PV will result in adopters bearing less than their fair share of system costs.[read more]

A Deeper Look into the Fragmented Residential Solar Market

June 9, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Solar Market Fragmentation

Who sells residential solar PV in California? How many companies operate in this market? What fraction of the market is controlled by the largest companies? How is this changing over time? In this post we look at data from the California Solar Initiative to better understand the structure of this market.[read more]

Continuing Momentum in Renewable Microgrids: Solarcity Launches Microgrid Offering

March 21, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Solarcity is building on its distributed renewable energy experience by launching its GridLogic microgrid offering. It will be a turnkey offering integrating distributed residential and commercial solar, battery and controllable loads as well as shared solar, battery and back-up power and system control.[read more]

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha

Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

October 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Residential Solar Loans

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks.[read more]

Better, Cheaper Loans Challenging the Solar Leasing Model?

September 6, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Cheaper Loans and Solar Leasing

Third-party ownership remains the dominant model for financing a residential solar installation in the U.S., but that's changing. Direct ownership via loans (and other mechanisms like PACE) are gaining traction, because PV systems continue to get cheaper while financing options continue to improve.[read more]


Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

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

June 27, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy and Information Innovation

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 residential solar or energy efficiency.[read more]

What's Going on in Residential Solar? The View from Greentech Media's Solar Energy Summit

April 23, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Residential solar was a hot topic at the recent Greentech Media Solar Summit. Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, started out the session on “Opportunities and Threats in the Residential Solar Market” by asking each panelist to share the key to success for residential solar, in five words.[read more]


The Burden of Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection on Residential Solar PV Deployment

Residential Solar Costs

Over the last few years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has witnessed an unprecedented growth in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations while also confronting new obstacles that have arisen on the path to widespread deployment.[read more]