E-Features – Page 8

Bureau Of Land Management Aims To Deploy More Solar On Public Desert Land

Written by Nora Caley on April 23, 2014

On April 7, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the Ocotillo Sol Solar Project, a 20 MW photovoltaic project that will be located on 100 acres of public land in Imperial County, Calif. Ocotillo [Read More]

Solar Monetization Option Challenges Third-Party Ownership Assumptions

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Written by Mark Del Franco on April 16, 2014

While third-party ownership (TPO) represents much of the growth in residential photovoltaic installations, several factors may be starting to inject a few new wrinkles into the home solar market. The current third-party model – evident in places like California, where [Read More]

Consider Individual PPA Investors To Finance Your Light-Commercial Solar Projects

Written by Zach Rubin on April 09, 2014

Look out the window on your next flight into your average city and you will witness first-hand the vast potential for light-commercial solar. A glimpse of just a small segment of any city will show you dozens of commercial flat [Read More]

SfunCube Gets Solar Start-Ups Rolling

Written by Nora Caley on April 02, 2014

Oakland, Calif.-based SfunCube wants to be a different kind of business incubator. Some entrepreneurial support programs might house cupcake bakers and software companies in the same building and mandate that business owners attend classes and prepare a presentation before graduating. [Read More]

How Distributed Energy Resources Affect U.S. Capacity Markets

Written by Samir Succar on March 26, 2014

The future of the utility industry has become a central focus for many as the sector grapples with several existential threats. Among the chief threats looming on the horizon is the large projected growth in distributed energy resources (DERs) and [Read More]

Safeguarding Solar Power Innovation Through Reliability Testing

Written by Evelyn Butler & Ken Boyce on March 19, 2014

A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) states the third quarter of last year was the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for U.S. residential photovoltaic installations. [Read More]

Military Veterans Finding A Friendly Welcome In The U.S. Solar Sector

Written by Nora Caley on March 12, 2014

Solar companies are hiring military veterans at a higher rate than other U.S. employers. That's according to a new report from Operation Free and The Solar Foundation (TSF). The report, ‘Veterans in Solar: Securing America's Energy Future,’ highlights findings from [Read More]

Solar Venture Capital Is Down But Still On The Make

Written by Nora Caley on March 05, 2014

Solar is attracting less venture capital than it once did. But don't panic. According to Joel Serface, managing director of Brightman Energy LLC, much of the decrease in costs is due to the well-publicized decrease in module prices. Although that [Read More]

ITC And THC In The Air At Solar Power Colorado

Written by Nora Caley on February 26, 2014

It seemed natural to wonder how solar power might factor in the newly legalized marijuana business at the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association's (COSEIA) Solar Power Colorado conference this week. And while opportunities in solar pot growing did gather much [Read More]

Democratization Of Solar Power Refutes Net Metering Critics

Written by Nora Caley on February 19, 2014

Rooftop solar is a middle-class phenomenon, and that could help solar advocates win the net-energy metering debate. That's according to a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress (CAP), which recently released a report, ‘Solar Power to the [Read More]