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Strong Funding for Solar Finance, Technology, and Startups Despite Stock Market Carnage

November 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Financing and Stock Market

Despite solar stocks plummeting in a "bizarre confluence of contradictory events," low-cost capital, Department of Energy funding and venture capital are pouring into the market. So here is a roundup of some recent solar funding events.[read more]

Solar Photovoltaic Panels: The Other Side of the Story

November 23, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Solar PV and Rural Energy

Rural electrification through PV technology is proving to be a success in developing countries. As part of its work in support of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) promotes energy access for productive uses.[read more]

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

November 20, 2015 by Ivy Main

Nuclear and Renewables

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell is bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar.[read more]


Solar Air-Conditioning: The Next Big Step for Solar Energy

November 16, 2015 by Mika Reichel

Air-Conditioning has become an essential part of modern society as it enables a productive and comfortable life style in hot and humid climates. The amount of installed AC systems is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades, largely driven by economic growth in developing countries.[read more]

Enphase Microinverter Course Correction Includes Layoffs of 7% of Staff

November 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Enphase and Company Layoffs

The contrasts are stark for Enphase and SolarEdge, the two leaders in the growing module-level power electronics segment. While SolarEdge just posted a record-revenue quarter with an outlook for continued growth, Enphase just revealed a disappointing revenue and margin outlook for the next quarter.[read more]

Harvesting More Energy from Photons

November 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Getting more Energy from the Sun

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have found a way to significantly boost the energy that can be harnessed from sunlight, a finding that could lead to better solar cells or light detectors. The new approach is based on the discovery that unexpected quantum effects increase the number of charge carriers.[read more]


Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]


Mobile Money: The Answer to Sustaining Revenue for Off-Grid Energy Service Providers?

October 27, 2015 by Varun Mehra

Off-Grid Energy Financing

Providing access to electricity is a pressing need for over a billion people on this planet. Off-grid solutions can be attractive in areas where the centralized grid may not have reached. But the high overhead and transaction costs associated with providing off-grid solutions can be problematic for these businesses.[read more]

The Customer is Always Right: Picking Advanced Energy Up and Down Supply Chain

October 27, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Supply Chains

Here at Advanced Energy Perspectives, the trend has been unmistakable. Large, multi-million and multi-billion dollar businesses are choosing advanced energy over alternatives. From manufacturing giants like AEE member Siemens to consumer-facing brands like Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and Proctor & Gamble.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

90% of EnergySage Shoppers Choose Solar Loans

October 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Energy Sage and Solar Financing

EnergySage has emerged as the most popular shopping site for solar energy home installations, and with that new prominence comes a fairly robust set of data with a window into the preferences of consumers who are considering installing solar.[read more]

Solar and Wind Catch Up With Coal, Natural Gas Across the Globe

October 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Transitioning Away from Coal

A recent meta-review by the Rocky Mountain Institute found that the cost of utility-scale solar in some regions of the U.S. is cheaper today than the cost of fuel for natural-gas plants. That trend will likely only continue to spread across the U.S., even with the current low price of natural gas.[read more]

Talking Transitions: Markets for Wind and Solar

October 21, 2015 by Bentham Paulos

Renewable Energy Markets


What kind of market design do we need to decarbonize the power system? Is putting a price on carbon going to be enough, or are much more fundamental changes needed to reach our decarbonization goals. The debate continues in a new podcast.[read more]

Resilience for Free: Protecting Vulnerable Communities

October 19, 2015 by Lewis Milford

Resilience and Communities

Clean Energy Group, through its Resilient Power Project, has released a new report analyzing the economics of resilient solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) systems for multifamily affordable housing. The report, Resilience for Free, models project expenses and savings/revenue over a 20-year period.[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

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