As a new report emphasizes the serious economic consequences of delaying action on climate change, other reports show how solar can help. SEIA urges states to expand solar energy to cut carbon emissions, and the Worldwatch Institute highlights the extent to which solar is growing worldwide.
The Solar Energy Industries Association testifies on Capitol Hill in favor of reforming the permitting process for solar projects on public lands. Permitting improvements must be institutionalized, the organization says, if we are to realize solar’s potential on public lands.
As various parties debate the probability of a “utility death spiral,” Australia’s high rooftop solar adoption points to what could happen in the U.S. With electricity consumption decreasing there by 13% in just a few years, prices have gone up, making solar even more attractive. Does this sound like the utility death spiral yet?
The recent Intersolar North America conference reflects hot trends and topics in the solar industry. We caught up with its CEO, Markus Elsässer, to reflect on the conference and what lies ahead for the industry.
In the midst of heated net-metering battles, a 2007 Denver Post article surfaces that shows Xcel Energy once touted the benefits of distributed solar generation. The Alliance for Solar Choice calls out the utility for flip-flopping on its position to serve its own interests.
Nevada, one of America’s sunniest states, has slowly but surely been making steps to shift from its coal-intensive ways. Although Nevada is not lacking in the means or support to go solar, there is still a ways to go.
The 2014 Intersolar Energy Storage Press Breakfast features a panel of energy storage experts with their views on the future of this important ally for solar. The panelists discuss different battery applications and conclude that whatever form it takes, storage will be playing a role in our energy future.
The solar industry reacts to the U.S. Department of Commerce decision to impose anti-dumping duties on China and Taiwan. The department says that certain solar products from those countries have been sold in the U.S. at dumping margins ranging from 26.33% to 58.87, with some as high as 165.04%.
By Pamela Cargill
A version of this post was originally published on Chaolysti
While the solar industry focuses on attacks on net metering, another threat lurks -- one that Pamela Cargill thinks could dwarf the others. It comes in the form of increased insurance scrutiny on solar. It’s not all bad news, though, but also shows that solar is growing up and, like a teenager, asserting its place in the economy as much more than a niche artifact of the back-to-the-land movement.
SolarCity announces a third securitization of $201,500,000 in Solar Asset Backed Notes. The continuing securitization offerings are bringing much-needed financing to the solar industry.
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