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Arizona Corporation Commission Launches Probe Into Solar Leasing Practices

Arizona Corporation Commission Launches Probe Into Solar Leasing Practices

The Arizona Corporation Commission decided on Friday to launch an investigation into the business practices of the rooftop solar industry, a move that aims to address mounting concerns that solar leasing companies are misleading consumers. Leasing is the most popular avenue for going solar because it’s seen as a way for homeowners to save money

Cleantech Venture Capital: Why Are These Investors Smiling?

Cleantech venture capital has been a spectacular success. It’s just been unevenly distributed. I’m going to suggest that cleantech venture capital, as measured by societal impact, has been a spectacular success in 2014 and over the last few years. For the moment, I’m not going to allow conventional wisdom, hard financial data or actual events


SunEdison Closes 2nd Fund for DPV Projects in U.S.

SunEdison, a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that is has closed its second fund for distributed generation projects in the United States with Barclays and Citi. The lease pass-through fund is valued at $117 million, and follows on the Barclays and Citi fund closed earlier this year. This brings the aggregate value of funds

Meet Generate Capital, a new way to fund energy projects

By now, most of us know the story of how Silicon Valley’s love affair with “cleantech” didn’t turn out so well. As of the end of 2014, most VCs no longer do energy tech investing (beyond software-based deals), and only a small handful of groups are trying to tackle energy investing and entrepreneurship in new ways (like

Interview with Richard Kauffman: “It’s about availability of financing, not cost of financing.”

Richard Kauffman is supervising New York’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Long Island Power Authority. Under his leadership, New York has launched the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)(link is external), a far-reaching

Solyndra who? DoE loans programme back in black

The US Department of Energy loans guarantee programme has made more from interest payments than it lost on failed companies such as Solyndra. Figures released by the department this week show it is on track to make more than US$5 billion profit by the time it closes with US$810 million it has received to date,

Switzerland cuts feed-in tariff for photovoltaics

The Swiss Federal Council has passed a resolution cutting feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic power by between 12 and 23 percent. The alterations will be effective from 1 January 2015. Both feed-in remuneration at cost (Kostendeckende Einspeisevergütung – KEV) and the one-off payment for installations with an output below 30 kW are affected by the cuts.

Dry Creek tribe plans large solar power project

A huge solar array could be in place by next spring in the hills overlooking Lake Sonoma under a cooperative venture announced Monday between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians. The solar panels would generate electricity for the fish hatchery, visitors center and other buildings at the

Sungage Financial secures $100 million for solar loan program

Following its participation in the CT Green Bank solar loan program, the Boston startup is aiming to expand residential solar loans on the East Coast. Sungage aims to finance some 4,000 residential PV installations through its $100 million loan program. NREL/Solar Design Associates Sungage Financial is partnering with Massachusetts-based Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) to

Altus Power America: The company that’s spreading solar energy by making it a boring investment.

Back when it was an expensive, unproven technology, solar energy was driven by hippies in sandals rigging up off-the-grid systems. About a decade ago, change-the-world Silicon Valley types hoping to make gazillions of dollars entered the fray, raising venture capital and promoting moonshot projects, like futuristic solar farms in the Southwestern desert. Now come the

What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

There have been some basic descriptions of yieldcos in the trade press, but nothing has described what commercial solar installers need to know about this new legal structure or how it could impact their day-to-day business. This article will try to translate some of the buzz and address the questions that commercial solar installers will

SMUD turns landfill at park into solar power array

Sacramento Municipal Utility District has built a 1.5-megawatt solar array at Sutter’s Landing park, the site of a former landfill. This $4 million project is meant not only to generate power, but also to demonstrate how solar power arrays can fit into an urban landscape. The site is close to power users on land that can’t

PACE Yourself

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans allow property owners to finance clean energy improvements to their properties generally secured by property liens senior to mortgages through tax assessments. Moody’s recently released a special comment expressing some concerns and not-so-subtle hints that it thinks that lenders and securitizers should take PACE programs seriously. Commercial PACE programs

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