New & Noteworthy – Page 9

Utah Agency Warns Consumers About Solar Scam

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 05, 2017

In a world full of pranksters or people looking to make a quick buck, no industry is immune from scams. However, agencies across the U.S. and the solar sector, itself, continue working hard to protect consumers from potential fraud. In [Read More]

Solar Energy Finance Association Merges With SEIA

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 03, 2017

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA) have announced they are joining forces and forming a new entity under SEIA to support wide-scale, low-cost solar deployment through better access to investment capital. Under SEIA, [Read More]

Spruce Secures $105M Debt Financing For More Residential Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 23, 2016

Spruce Finance, a provider of consumer financing for residential solar and home efficiency improvements, has closed a $105.4 million round of debt financing, with Investec and Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) as the lead arrangers. The syndicated loan is financed against [Read More]

Hawaiian Electric Keeps Solar In Mind With Increased Rate Proposal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2016

In an effort to integrate more renewable energy, improve customer service and help pay for operating costs, Hawaiian Electric has proposed the first increase of Oahu base rates in nearly six years. Specifically, the request is for a 6.9% increase [Read More]

Santa Claus Plans North Pole Microgrid To Flatten ‘Reindeer Curve’

Written by SEPA on December 21, 2016

Editor’s note: The following festive post was republished with permission from the creative folks at the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Santa Claus (DBA Rudolph Red Worldwide LLC) has filed an application with the Arctic Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a [Read More]

Trina Solar Shareholders Approve Privatization Plan

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 16, 2016

Trina Solar shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a proposal for the PV manufacturer to become privatized through a takeover bid from an investor group led by the company’s own chairman and CEO, Jifan Gao. According to Trina Solar, approximately 97.7% of [Read More]

Enel And GE Close $10M Deal To Adjust Renewables JV

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 16, 2016

Enel S.p.A. – through its U.S. renewables subsidiary, Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA) – has closed an agreement with GE Energy Financial Services under which EGPNA sold a 1% stake in EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners LLC (EGPNA REP) [Read More]

What’s Ahead For Community Solar In 2017?

Written by Sara E. Bergan & Andrew P. Moratzka on December 15, 2016

Despite the obvious interest in community solar, 2016 proved to be largely a year of continued rule development rather than significant deployment, according to the authors.

Massachusetts Surpasses 100,000 Clean Energy Jobs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 15, 2016

The clean energy jobs market in Massachusetts has now topped 100,000 workers, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), which says the state has added 6,317 jobs in the sector in 2016 alone. In addition [Read More]

New Study Compares DER Integration In Calif. And N.Y.

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 14, 2016

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and consulting firm ScottMadden have released a report on the differing approaches California and New York are taking toward regulatory policies and technical issues related to the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) onto [Read More]