E-Features – Page 3

Looking To Drive Down Costs? Seek More PV Efficiency In 1,500 V Installations

Written by Peter J. Maros on August 26, 2015

The greatest known energy source is readily available for unbridled consumption. For generations, some of the greatest minds in engineering and the sciences have sought to effectively harness the power of the sun. As advancements in photovoltaics have grown leaps [Read More]

PV Industry Leaders Say Companies Must Scale Up And Support Solar Policies

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on August 19, 2015

The solar sector has been growing rapidly, with galloping rates of photovoltaic penetration in key markets. And yet, it remains a relatively minor player by world economy standards, representing about 1% of global electricity generation. ‘In 2014, the solar industry [Read More]

An Opportunity For The Solar Sector: The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act

Written by Marcus McGregor & Eric Gallic on August 12, 2015

On June 24, U.S. Sens. Christopher Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; U.S. Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas-02, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif.-05; and their co-sponsors re-introduced legislation to broaden the definition of qualifying income for master limited partnerships (MLPs) to include [Read More]

GRID Alternatives Uses Solar Power To Empower People

Written by Nora Caley on August 05, 2015

Solar power has transformational potential that goes beyond the electricity bill. A nonprofit in Oakland, Calif., hopes to help make connections that bring solar benefits to all, such as low-income homeowners, people seeking job training and installers that need workers. [Read More]

Risk Assessment And Reduction Will Attract Capital To C&I Solar

Written by Nathan Homan on July 22, 2015

Solar is booming. Although it used to be an unwieldy source of energy that was both expensive and confusing, recent technological advances and creative ownership structures have made photovoltaic power more attractive. It is also becoming more widely accessible; the [Read More]

Solar Rates Of Deployment Depend On Rate Design

Written by Nora Caley on July 15, 2015

Reports of the utility death spiral have been greatly exaggerated. That was one of the findings of a recent report entitled ‘Net Metering and Market Feedback Loops: Exploring the Impact of Retail Rate Design on Distributed PV Deployment’ from the [Read More]

Master Limited Partnerships Could Attract New Capital To Solar – Someday

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on July 09, 2015

In June, a bipartisan quartet of U.S. senators and representatives re-introduced legislation aimed at making renewable energy projects eligible under master limited partnership (MLP) tax rules. The purpose of the bill is to create the proverbial playing field so that [Read More]

Utilities Discovering Generational Response To Electric Service And Solar

Written by Nora Caley on July 01, 2015

Millennials are now starting their own households, which means they are paying their own electric bills. That creates opportunities for utilities that know how to target this tech-savvy age group. Electric companies that use apps in addition to paper messages [Read More]

Emerging Economies Find Distributed Generation Solar A Perfect Fit

Written by Nora Caley on May 27, 2015

As developing nations build their energy infrastructures, many are turning to renewables instead of traditional fossil fuel technologies. That's according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, using data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, [Read More]

Standard Solar Turns Shade Into Gold With Carport Projects

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on May 20, 2015

Rockville, Md.-based Standard Solar has installed a 930 kW photovoltaic power system with rooftop and carport arrays at the Upper Marlboro, Md., headquarters of Melwood, a nonprofit organization that creates jobs and opportunities to improve the lives of people with [Read More]