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Saudi Investors Join $70 Million VC Round For Solexel's Thin Silicon Solar Technology

August 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Technology Investment

Solexel, one of the few remaining stand-alone solar silicon startups, has completed a long-in-the-making $70 million round of funding and added Riyadh Valley Company, the VC investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, to its list of investors.[read more]

It's Always Sunny in Orlando (and Maui); AEE Members Ink Big Deals [ENERGY NEWS]

August 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Solar becoming cost competitive in sunny Florida and Hawaii, and AEE members making deals worth millions. Just another week’s work for advanced energy. In Orlando, the municipal utility announced a deal to buy solar-generated electricity for less than it could get from coal and natural gas facilities.[read more]

India Issues Annual Targets for 100-Gigawatt Solar Mission

August 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

India Solar Targets

Can India install 5 gigawatts of rooftop solar by 2017? India has released a year-by-year roadmap for its aggressive solar target of 100 gigawatts by 2022. Rooftop solar is slated to account for 40 percent of the target, while larger grid-scale projects will make up the rest.[read more]


Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

Why Are Taxpayer Dollars Still Being Used to Back Solar Loans?

August 12, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Energy and Solar Loans

Massachusetts just closed a comment period on the forthcoming $30 million Mass Solar Loan program. For at least one player in the solar market, the public comment period was a chance to ask why Massachusetts is spending taxpayer money to back solar loans for qualified individuals.[read more]

SoCal Edison Wants New Grid Batteries for 'Just-in-Time' Delivery

August 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Battery Delivery

Someday, grid batteries will come in standard packages, ready to be plugged in as fast as utilities can find places and use cases for them. At least, that’s how utility Southern California Edison would like its next round of energy storage systems to be delivered.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong

August 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum.[read more]

Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main

Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

Can Hillary Promote Clean Energy Without Attacking the Fossil Fuel Industry?

July 30, 2015 by Aya Elizabeth Kusch

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton's climate plan is a probably a good start, but if she is going to take a solidified position on climate change and actually attempt to see it through, then she is going to have to embrace some controversial positions.[read more]

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

July 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Small Scale Solar Success

When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses, the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range is a no-man's land for installers. According to SolarCity's CEO, it's been "difficult to service this market cost-effectively," despite the SMB market being "bigger than the large commercial business market."[read more]

PG&E's New Tariff Could 'Gut the PV Opportunity' for the Commercial Sector

July 29, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Tariffs and PV Opportunity


If you were wandering the halls of last week’s Intersolar conference in San Francisco, you probably heard a lot of worried, angry talk about something called the A-6 tariff, and how proposed changes to it were threatening to undercut commercial solar PV economics in Northern California.[read more]

SunEdison Makes a ($2.2 Billion) Deal, Offshore Wind Breaks Water

July 29, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News


This week, one AEE Member company dominated the news cycle with a major acquisition, HP joined the trend toward advanced energy-run data centers, and the American offshore wind energy industry is finally off the ground (and in the water).[read more]

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

July 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve.[read more]

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

July 28, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

A Boom in Cuba?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]