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Standard & Poor’s Fine-Tunes Ratings Methodology For Solar Energy Projects

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on May 13, 2015

In a recent report, Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services says the convergence of less costly renewable energy technologies and a global consensus on the desirability of clean energy is attracting interest from a growing number of investors. This interest [Read More]

Virtual Sunrise: Entrepreneurs See New Business Opportunities In Shared Solar

Written by Nora Caley on May 07, 2015

Virtual net metering has not only made solar power available to more consumers, it has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop new business models. With virtual net metering, electricity customers can gain the benefits of net metering from solar [Read More]

Hybrid Developers Seek A Winning Combination

Written by Michael Mascioni on April 29, 2015

The promise to combine renewables, conventional sources and storage is attracting innovators from many markets. A number of factors have created more favorable conditions for hybrid energy. Changing economics for renewables and fossil fuels alike, as well as the increasing [Read More]

Ontario’s Cap-And-Trade Plan Raises Solar’s Profile

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Written by Michael Puttre on April 22, 2015

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has come out strongly in support of Ontario's plan to implement a cap-and-trade system similar to those enacted by Quebec and California. While the final details on the mechanisms and pricing for Ontario's program [Read More]

New Hampshire Represents A Promising – And Largely Untapped – Solar Market

Written by Max Lamson on April 15, 2015

New Hampshire will never be mistaken as the Sunshine State, but, believe it or not, the Granite State is well positioned to join in the global solar power movement and take advantage of clean, affordable, economically stable, reliable and safe [Read More]

Revamped Solar Database Underscores The Primacy Of U.S. State Policies

Written by Nora Caley on April 08, 2015

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center recently updated its Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE). The center, part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, also revamped its website to make the database [Read More]

CSP Developer Says Making Plants As Products – Not Projects – Is Key To The Technology’s Future

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Written by Michael Puttre on March 05, 2015

Concentrating solar power (CSP) scored some significant wins in 2013 and 2014, contributing materially to the boom in utility-scale capacity in the U.S. At the same time, economics are seen as holding the technology back from its once highly regarded [Read More]

CESA Releases Residential Solar Financing Guide

Posted by SI Staff on February 17, 2015

The Vermont-based Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has released a new guide to residential solar photovoltaic system financing. The free online publication is intended to help homeowners make sound decisions and select the best financing option for their needs. The [Read More]

The Sun Also Sets: Regulators Consider West-Facing Incentives For Solar

Written by Nora Caley on January 14, 2015

Maybe solar modules have been facing the wrong way. The California Energy Commission's (CEC) New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) thinks they might be and is encouraging builders of new homes to install rooftop solar panels that face west instead of [Read More]

New Money Coming Home: Investors Likely To Continue Backing Residential Solar In 2015

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on December 17, 2014

Although many are dreading the sunset of the investment tax credit after 2016, some financial experts say this ‘kiss’ from the government is causing many firms in the solar sector to take a hard look at their balance sheets and [Read More]