Solar Energy Opinion & Commentary

John Johnson - September 12, 2014

Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don’t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable Energy Companies

Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - September 10, 2014

Solar for All: Making Solar PV Accessible to Low-Income Families in the US

Here at RMI we love seeing electricity generated by the sun. And while it’s great to see large homes owned by the likes ofWoody Harrelson and Will Ferrell being solar-powered, rooftop...

Mahesh Bhave - September 09, 2014

The Grid is Coming? The Grid is Going!

In India, it is presumed that the grid is a better source of electricity. Locations are prioritized by those least likely to get grid electricity in the near future are chosen first...

Tom Konrad - September 08, 2014

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finavera Deal

Clean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose 4.5 percent, returning to positive territory up...

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Innovations

Many of the most significant industrial and technological innovations in the U.S. were discovered, commercialized and expanded with government support. Turn the clock a century or two...

Jesse Morris - September 05, 2014

Helping Battery Cost Declines Keep Going and Going…

Four short years ago, the U.S. solar industry surpassed expectations by installing 340 MW of solar at a cost of $6.40 per watt in the first half of 2010. How times have changed. In...

Paula Mints - September 03, 2014

The Inevitability of Solar

Things are bad for those who breathe air these days, and things will probably get a lot worse before a change in behavior is forced upon humankind. This is because despite demonstrable...

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Water Heating

Outdoor pools are great on hot summer days — the kids are occupied and the water is refreshing. And as the summer progresses, the water heats up to a comfortable level. But on chilly...

Vic Shao - September 01, 2014

EVs and Energy Storage Pave the Road to a Clean Energy Future

“The times they are a' changin'.” So goes Bob Dylan's classic song from the '60s, and that's certainly the case when it comes to how we generate, distribute, use and store electricity....

Scott Sklar - August 29, 2014

The Fantasy of Distributed Generation, Efficiency, and Storage Raising Electric Rates

In 2012, the Virginia Governor proposed a tax for the sales of energy efficient cars because they use less gasoline, which means less money goes into the highway trust fund to repair...

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