Solar Energy Opinion & Commentary

Listen Up: What Legal Issues Do Solar Contractors Face?

As in most industries, attorneys are an indispensable part of doing business. We have the usual host of "ordinary course of business" legal issues such as contracts, employment law,...

Scott Sklar - April 16, 2014

Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.

- April 15, 2014

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses...

Jason Switzer - April 14, 2014

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.

Franz Matzner - April 10, 2014

Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting...

Kat Friedrich - April 08, 2014

Clean Energy and Climate Resilience Join Forces

Massachusetts and New Jersey are spearheading clean energy financing programs that also address the need for climate resilience. Both of these programs appear to be partially motivated...

Paul Grana - April 07, 2014

Why Falling Module Prices Lead to Lower-tilt Racking

Everyone is impressed with the cost reductions in solar modules over the last five year, dropping from $3.25/Wp in 2008 to below $0.70/Wp in 2013. This trend has made solar power competitive...

Paula Mints - April 07, 2014

April Fools, Magical Thinking, and PV Manufacturer Shipment Announcements

The good news: PV industry shipments of in-house manufacturer production grew by 30 percent in 2013 over 2012 to 33.8-GWp and manufacturer inventory decreased.

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Safe Solar Equipment

It's encouraging to see how much safer — and less expensive — solar equipment has become over the past dozen years. These improvements will continue as engineers and manufacturers collaborate...

Tom Konrad - April 03, 2014

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: Patience Rewarded

For both the stock market and the weather, March was more lion than lamb. My broad market benchmark fell 2.2 percent to end up 1.5 percent for the quarter. Volatile clean energy stocks...

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