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White House Announcement Means 'Today Is a Very Big Day for PACE'

An improved PACE program is just one of many energy initiatives announced by Obama recently in Las Vegas.Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the U.S. were cleared today with an announcement made by...

Posted August 25, 2015    

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

More than $240 million in funding, so far, as Solexel moves to volume production of high-efficiency thin silicon solar panelsSolexel, one of the few remaining stand-alone solar silicon startups, has completed a long-in-the-making $70 million round...

Posted August 18, 2015    

Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan Includes Massive Growth in Solar

It’s easy to lead in renewable energy policy when most of the opposition doesn’t fully accept climate change.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently issued a renewable energy vision fact sheet that sets aggressive goals for solar...

Posted July 31, 2015    

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

“The biggest missed opportunity in solar” When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range has been a no-man's land for solar installers.According to Lyndon Rive, SolarCity'...

Posted July 30, 2015    

Financing Energy Storage: Taking Cues From the Success of PV

“My job at SunEdison is to get the YieldCo comfortable with energy storage. When we do, it will be groundbreaking.”Three battle-scarred renewable energy veterans, now deep in the energy storage industry, confronted the challenges of getting energy...

Posted July 7, 2015    

Solar Star, Largest PV Power Plant in the World, Now Operational

579 megawatts on-line in Antelope Valley, built by SunPower and now owned by BHE RenewablesBHE Renewables' 579-megawatt solar project in Antelope Valley, California is now fully connected to the California ISO grid. That allows the facility, dubbed...

Posted June 25, 2015    

Hanergy Thin Film Power Shares Plunge 47 Percent, Trading Halted

Why is Hanergy opening 1,500 retail stores in China to sell solar stuff? And why did the firm have a market cap of $38.64B?Hanergy just lost $18 billion in market value as its stock dropped 47 percent and triggered a shutdown in trading. The Wall...

Posted May 21, 2015    

Tesla Battery Bottom Line: $3,500 For a 10 Kilowatt-Hour System

Can Tesla and Elon Musk bring consumer cachet to the lowly battery?The big reveal from Tesla Energy: it will cost $3,500 for a ten kilowatt-hour energy storage pack that includes batteries, a DC-to-DC inverter, thermal management, and software. The...

Posted May 7, 2015    

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

Yes, that’s $1 billion—in the year commercial solar broke.SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of U.S. commercial solar systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the...

Posted April 26, 2015    

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

Some glimmers of funding activity in the cleantech VC desertIt's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech VC. That might take a generation.But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of VC funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks...

Posted April 18, 2015    

Hawaii's Utility Is Approving a Backlog of More Than 3,000 Solar Installations

HECO is using the power of solar inverter settings to maintain stability on the grid.Last week, utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) said it had approved all the delayed rooftop solar applications on Maui and Hawaii island that had been waiting since...

Posted April 12, 2015    

These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

A tight cluster of states provides incentives and markets for storage.Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of energy storage in 2014 and GTM Research is forecasting 220 megawatts to be...

Posted March 31, 2015