Stion Shines at the Superbowl

Stion, the thin-film photovoltaic manufacturer, which has rushed out of startup operations and into the big leagues over the past few months is upping its visibility at the Super Bowl this weekend with Solar Alternatives. The two companies have built a solar canopy at the Kingswood Playground in New Orleans as part of the Big […] Read more

First Solar Gobbles Up Largest Solar Project in New Mexico

First Solar, Inc. has acquired what will be the largest solar power project in New Mexico, the 50 megawatt Macho Springs Solar Project. The Macho Springs Solar project is being developed in Luna County, New Mexico by Element Solar Power. The project is expected to be completed in 2014, at which point it will produce […] Read more

China’s Solar Growth: Holy Cow!

China is upping its solar target once again, after having done so several times in past couple of years. Last year, China raised the target to an eye-popping 21 gigawatts (GW) by 2015, and the new target of 35 GW is 67% higher than that. That means, in just 3 years, China will have added […] Read more

Alternative Energy Investing for 2013

2013 is poised to be an exciting year for alternative energy investors. Despite the conflagration solar had in 2012 we see opportunities there, as well as in wind and energy efficiency. This article also reveals why 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for the stock market in general, and alternative energy in […] Read more

WOWZERS: China Just Raised Its Solar Power Goal By 67%

I make a lot of jokes on this blog but the hazardous levels of air pollution that the Chinese people are currently having to contend with is certainly no laughing matter. I can’t imagine what it is like for Chinese parents who have to explain to their children why it isn’t safe for them to […] Read more

How Solar Can Transform the Real Estate Industry

Progress in solar financing is at the heart of the solar industry’s growth. Since the initial passage of the solar investment tax credit (ITC) back in 2005, and its extensions since then, financing has been the greatest boon and greatest hurdle of the industry. On the one hand, you have companies like Sungevity and Solar […] Read more

In India, Solar Refrigerators Are Saving Food

When it comes to food wastage, India has a unique problem. There problem doesn’t like in over consumption, but rather, the inability for food to last long enough to be prepared—the government estimates that 30 to 40 percent of food spoils. And while refrigeration seems like the obvious answer to problem, farmers in India have […] Read more

The Middle East and North Africa: Solar Mega Growth Ahead

Demand for solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will skyrocket in the next five years, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Emirates Solar Industry Association (EISA). “In terms of solar energy, it is clear that the MENA region is set to experience significant change over the […] Read more

WOW: 1% of Land Covered With Solar Could Power The World

Solar PV can meet 100% of electricity demand on just 1% of  land by 2050, says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In 2010, they produced a report showing that a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy can supply the world’s energy by 2050. But how much land would that take to make that huge jump feasible? And how would […] Read more

The 2013 World Future Energy Summit

First Solar is pleased to be a platinum sponsor and exhibitor at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) taking place in Abu Dhabi January 15-17. WFES is an exciting platform to demonstrate First Solar’s capabilities and build lasting relationships in a region that is rapidly embracing the full potential of clean energy.  At the forefront of […] Read more

Grid Parity in the U.S: There’s A Map for That

With solar prices dropping in the U.S. and around the world, John Farrell noticed that the German solar boom was not flagging despite the slow, steady reduction in its subsidy. “The trajectory looked very good for solar to be something that would work, not only from a distributed energy and ownership standpoint, but it could […] Read more

Review: The 2012 Solar PV Industry

The difficulties that the global solar industry experienced in 2012 were both clear and expected. Continuing excess solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing capacity spurred a collapse in prices across the PV value chain, creating consistently negative margins and negative profitability for upstream PV manufacturers. This led to a large number of bankruptcies, insolvencies and acquisitions, but […] Read more

Latin America: The New Solar Hotbed?

High electricity costs (both wholesale and retail), rumors of government tenders, and significant price declines of photovoltaic equipment have attracted a rush of solar development in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the start of 2013, more than 10 gigawatts of large-scale projects have been announced in the region, but just 91 megawatts are currently […] Read more