Renewable Energy Featured Blogs

Sol Systems - February 27, 2014

Jump-starting the Solar Undead and Improving Returns with Debt

Debt can be one of the most challenging pieces to secure in the capital stack, and especially for solar projects under 1 MW. This is because renewable commercial banks see these deals...

Gabe Elsner - February 27, 2014

Utility Interests Push for Protectionism in State of Washington

In Washington, a legislative effort to undermine solar net metering is already underway. Utility interests are pushing a protectionist, anti-free market bill that would safeguard the...

John Farrell - February 26, 2014

Is Utility 2.0 a Forecast or a Post-Mortem?

For the last six months, the energy news sphere (perhaps led by the Edison Electric Institute) has been rife with a discussion about the threat to the utility business from distributed...

Gabe Elsner - February 25, 2014

North Carolina’s Duke Energy Plans Attack on Solar

In a sign it will seek to maintain its monopolistic control of North Carolina’s energy generation, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good criticized solar net metering in a meeting with local reporters...

Jane Weissman - February 25, 2014

From Donuts to Doing: Forging Strong Ties with Industry

Rumor has it that "green" jobs have faded into the sunset.  After all, enrollment for some renewable energy training is down and new topics are nudging "green" off the hit parade list. ...

Rhone Resch - February 24, 2014

New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry

With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year – and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers – it’s...

Mark Sokolove - February 21, 2014

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project Both “Inspirational and Aspirational” for CSP Worldwide

Seven. The number of days in the week? The number of deadly sins? Yes, the correct answer to both of those questions is indeed "seven," but that's not what I'm getting at here. Instead,...

UnThink Solar - February 20, 2014

How the CDC and Zombies Can Teach Us to Guerrilla Market Solar

In 2011, the U.S. Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (a.k.a. “the CDC”) published a guide to prepare citizens for a potential Zombie Apocalypse. No joke. This...

America's Power Plan - February 19, 2014

Postcard From the Future of Energy: Hawaii as a Solar Laboratory

From an energy perspective, Hawaii is unique. Located in the middle of the Pacific, the Aloha State runs on imported oil. But its island environment -- from sunny days to active volcanoes...

John Farrell - February 19, 2014

The #1 Solar Utility Is in…Iowa?

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this...

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