Multifamily Housing Benefits from Better Buildings Challenge

President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge – which has generated $2 billion in private financing for commercial and industrial building energy upgrades - is now expanding to multifamily housing. Under the Challenge, building owners pledge to reduce energy consumption across their portfolios by 20% within 10 years. They also commit to share best practice strategies that can be  substantiated with energy data. After successfully […] Read more

Pure-Play Utility PV Developers: How to Compete in the U.S. Market?

It’s no revelation that First Solar and SunPower dominate the utility PV market in the U.S. today; one of the two companies has been involved in everyone of the 11 largest operating projects in the country. But they arenot nearly alone in the market. Rather, there are 55 different projectdevelopers with at least one signed […] Read more

Developers Diversified Realty Expands Rooftop PV Portfolio

Developers Diversified Realty Corp. will expand its rooftop solar panelprogram in New Jersey and Colorado. Seven new arrays are projected to be activated before the end of the year at Wrangleboro Consumer Square and Hamilton Commons in Mays Landing; N.J., and University Hills andCentennial Promenade in Denver. The company’s total planned andactive arrays in New […] Read more

The Top Utility-Scale PV Developers in the United States

Thesize of the utility-scale PV pipeline in the U.S. is highly subjective.If you were to aggregate every project announcement, you’d find wellover 10 GW of projects in various stages of development throughout thecountry. The BLM recently agreed to fast-track its review of 14 solar projectswhich add up to 6.5 GW alone, and prospective project developers […] Read more

California Solar Developers Ask For Red Tape Reduction

California solar energy plant developers asked the Renewable EnergyPolicy Group this past Friday if environmental approval processes couldbe sped up, since projects are making little to no progress towardstheir 2010 construction goals–goals that must be reached if theprojects are to qualify for specific federal funds. This frustrationwith the slow pace of approval has become something […] Read more

Intersolar 2009: A Preview

Thesolar conference is offering more programs and in-depth discussions ofall things solar at a time when solar panel prices are falling andsolar thermal power is gaining more utility customers. For the next four days, many of the 15,000 expected attendees at Intersolar North Americaare likely to get a heavy dose of discussions on government policies,new […] Read more

Limited Access to Capital Puts Squeeze on Clean Energy

Project developers across the entire energy spectrum are stillcoping with the fallout from recent meltdown in financial markets.Banks and institutional funds are guarding every last penny as theyscramble to sort out their books.  This has resulted in a situationwhere only slam-dunk energy generation projects are attracting investors. On the other hand, lenders have continued investing […] Read more