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Hanergy Buys Thin-Film Solar Panel Maker MiaSole

Hanergy Buys Thin-Film Solar Panel Maker MiaSole

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. bought MiaSole Inc., a California-based thin-film panel maker backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and ArcelorMittal, to increase capacity in anticipation of a solar industry revival.
Showing Some Vision in the Utility Industry

Showing Some Vision in the Utility Industry

When the CEO of one of the largest utilities in the U.S. says that the future of electricity is distributed, you listen up. During this morning’s keynote address at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) in New York City, American Electric Power President and CEO Michael Morris proclaimed that “by 2035, this industry will be fundamentally different. I think you’ll […]
SMUD Announces “Feed-in Tariffs”– But Can Program Deliver as Promised?

SMUD Announces “Feed-in Tariffs”– But Can Program Deliver as Promised?

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation's sixth largest publicly owned utility, announced with much fanfare that its board of directors had approved the introduction of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy in 2010.
Opportunities and risks in the Italian PV markets

Opportunities and risks in the Italian PV markets

With the introduction of an amended feed-in tariff rule, Italy has succeeded in engendering a huge surge in PV activity -- but there are still a number of potential pitfalls, as explained by Dietmar Zischg and Alessandro Antonioli of legal & tax firm CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni.
Delivering a Zero-Day Payback Time for Solar

Delivering a Zero-Day Payback Time for Solar

The greening of corporate America is all the rage. But ask any CFO their thoughts on going solar and you'll find that upfront cost is the single greatest obstacle to adoption today. New financial tools coupled with a change of perspective on the way we present pricing can translate intimidating system costs into predictable power bills -- and ultimately help speed the solar sale.
Mitsubishi Buys Solar Stakes in France From Energies Nouvelles

Mitsubishi Buys Solar Stakes in France From Energies Nouvelles

Mitsubishi Corp. (8058), a Japanese trading company, acquired 50 percent stakes in two solar power stations in France from EDF Energies Nouvelles SA.
Feeling Blue About Green? Reasons for Cleantech Optimism

Feeling Blue About Green? Reasons for Cleantech Optimism

There are so many easy reasons to be a pessimist today: the world financial crisis, the discord and dysfunction in Washington, and the almost certain doom that many scientists claim we are facing from global warming. With the first high profile cleantech company failures, the euphoria of the cleantech bubble has burst creating pessimism about the future of cleantech as a whole.
Japanese Company Plans To Convert California Coal Plants to Biomass

Japanese Company Plans To Convert California Coal Plants to Biomass

IHI Corp. a Japanese maker of heavy machinery, acquired as much as 50 percent stakes in five power plants in California from Exelon Corp.
California Utility Funds Solar PV Projects for Schools

California Utility Funds Solar PV Projects for Schools

A new funding round for the installation of solar systems on schools in California, and matching educational material, could help inspire a new generation of students to understand and value clean, renewable energy.
My 2017 Solar Resolution — Inspiring Dialogue with Key Solar Influencers

My 2017 Solar Resolution — Inspiring Dialogue with Key Solar Influencers

A funny thing happened recently: We wrote an article suggesting that a lower cost of capital, driven by increased debt in project finance transactions, would help to mitigate some of the new risk the solar industry faces in 2017. We didn’t anticipate that this would be a particularly controversial viewpoint. After all, paying a lower cost of capital is like paying off old credit card debt. Who could disagree with that?