New & Noteworthy

IEA Increases Renewable Energy Forecast Amid Record Growth

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 25, 2016

About half-a-million solar panels were installed every day around the world last year, according to the International Energy Agency.

Is The U.S. Power Grid As Green As Consumers Think It Is?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 25, 2016

There’s no doubt about it: Solar and wind power continue to become a larger part of the energy landscape, both in the U.S. and around the world. However, a new survey and corresponding report by Makovsky suggest that U.S. consumers [Read More]

Global Smart Grid And Battery Storage VC Funding Plunges In Q3

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 25, 2016

The smart grid, battery storage and energy-efficiency sectors collectively raised only $102 million in venture capital (VC) funding during the third quarter of this year (Q3’16) – down from the $433 million raised in the previous quarter, according to a [Read More]

Energy Department Funds Efforts To Cut Solar Soft Costs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the “soft costs” commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers [Read More]

SEIA Crowns The Top 10 U.S. Corporate Solar Installers

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 19, 2016

“These blue-chip companies are proof that sustainability and profitability is not an either-or proposition,” says SEIA Interim President Tom Kimbis.

U.S. EPA Names 2016 Green Power Leaders

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 19, 2016

Shortly before the Solar Energy Industries Association released a report recognizing the top corporate solar installers in the U.S., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its 16th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, which honor 16 Green Power Partners across [Read More]

Consumer Study Explores Link Between Solar And Electric Vehicles

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 19, 2016

A new study from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has found that roughly one-half of U.S. consumers who have solar power or electric vehicle (EV) technology have both. Similarly, the report says consumers interested in one of those technologies [Read More]

Expect The Unexpected: Solar Asset Insurance And Weather-Related Losses

Written by Jatin Sharma on October 18, 2016

A renewable energy underwriter finds that extreme natural events, such as floods and tornadoes, contributed to a large spike in the severity of claims over the past five years.

Merged Tesla-SolarCity Would Partner With Panasonic At N.Y. Factory

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 17, 2016

As electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla and residential PV provider SolarCity work toward closing a $2.6 billion merger agreement, Tesla has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Japan-based Panasonic to collaborate on solar cell and module production at [Read More]

Canadian Study Highlights Growth Of Non-Hydro Renewables

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 17, 2016

Canada is currently generating nearly two-thirds of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB), an independent federal regulator of several parts of the country’s energy industry. Accounting for 55% [Read More]