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Grading 10 Companies’ Commitments to Solar

Grading 10 Companies’ Commitments to Solar

“This is a market-making type of transaction,” prophesied SunPower CEO Tom Werner, after Apple recently awarded $850 million to First Solar for a 130-megawatt PV plant to green its world-beating empire. Let us pray, said the solarizers. We’ll pray with data, of course, in this handy report card on corporate solar progress so far. Apple’s blockbuster deal

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Here’s How US Commercial Solar Can Bounce Back in 2015

In 2014, the U.S. commercial market segment was surpassed by the residential segment for the first time in decades. According to the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the commercial segment saw 1,036 megawatts come on-line in 2014, down 6 percent year-over-year. However, GTM Research sees this as just another dip in the tracks of the

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How Apple is making money off of its landmark solar deal

There’s a key aspect of Apple’s high-profile solar deal in California that’s been largely overlooked—until now. When Apple announced to the world last month that it would be spending an eye-popping almost $850 million to buy solar power from a solar farm to be built in central California, clean energy fans naturally cheered. But there was another

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Kaiser Permanente to inject solar power into its daily rounds

One of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the U.S., Kaiser Permanente has announced it is to make a series of major wind and solar energy purchases as it seeks to lower its nationwide greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. In two separate announcements, the healthcare leader revealed plans to generate as much as half of

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Apple deal, tax change could spark corporate solar stampede

Apple Inc’s deal to buy nearly $1 billion of power from a massive First Solar Inc plant could be the first of a stampede of contracts driven by the looming change in a solar tax incentive that makes such projects particularly attractive. Together with a sharp drop in the cost of solar power and corporate

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Does Apple’s Solar Power Deal Make Economic Sense?

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company will pay $848 million over 25 years to buy electricity from a large solar power plant to be built in Monterey County, California, by First Solar. The deal not only lets Apple tout its environmental conscience; it also probably makes sound business sense.+ Even a few years ago, solar power

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Apple Invests $850 Million in Solar Power, Citing Climate Change

Apple has set its sights on the sun as a power source in the past, and another big project is on the horizon. CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference that the company is investing roughly $850 million in the California Flats Solar Project, a solar farm to be built by First Solar in

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In This State: Leigh Seddon’s 35 years in the solar power biz

Leigh Seddon, you could say, made hay while the sun shone. For 35 years he has been a solar enthusiast, visionary, entrepreneur and consultant – in short, one of Vermont’s chief proponents of harnessing sunshine to create electricity. He has seen solar grow in Vermont from the simple photovoltaic systems installed by off-grid back-to-the-land types

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Corporate America Is Turning Its Rooftops Into Solar Panels

Rooftop space is among the most wasted space in the country, but solar energy is quickly changing that. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, if all of the residential and commercial rooftops were covered with solar panels the U.S. could produce 819 TW-hr of electricity annually, or about 22% of what’s consumed every year.

Insurance Cheat Sheet: Questions Businesses Ask About Going Solar

Jason Slattery, Director of Solar for GEM Energy, a Rudolph/Libbe Company and Top 400 Solar Contractor, answers common questions businesses ask about going solar and how to answer them. What insurance will I need if I own a solar array? The title owner needs to fully cover the solar array’s value under a property and liability insurance

Big Box Retail’s Latest Bright Idea: Solar Power

Big companies are finally beginning to see the light. Over the past two years, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their capacity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Cumulatively, these companies produced enough electricity last year to power more than 115,000 homes. Leading the pack by

Blue chip companies in US increase PV deployment by 28%

The third-annual Solar Means Business report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has revealed that many of the U.S.’s leading Fortune 100 companies have continued to step-up their use of solar PV as a leading clean energy source. SEIA’s report shows that 569 MW of solar PV capacity is now deployed across 1,100 sites owned and

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