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Citigroup: The ‘Age of Renewables’ Has Begun

Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the “age of renewables” in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are getting competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants. In a major new analysis released last week, Citi says the big decision-makers within the U.S. power […] Read more

In Focus: The Tesla-Dominated Future

By 2026, Tesla revenues could be 60 times what they are, according to a Morgan Stanley stock analyst who is as bullish as it gets on the electric automaker.Between this prediction, and the announcement of the Gigafactory, Tesla stock prices leapt up…

Veterans: 10% of Solar Workforce

More than 13,000 U.S. Veterans are already working in the solar industry, and the number is growing. That’s almost 10 percent of the workforce in the solar industry, according to a new report from Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security experts, and The Solar Foundation. The report also found that nearly 62 […] Read more

Solar Enters Retirement Portfolios

Today’s life expectancy in America is eight years longer than it was in 1970. That’s eight more years to enjoy retirement; and eight more years of savings to put away. In a challenging economy, there are various factors that can threaten a comfortable retirement, such as declining property values and interest rates, higher living and health […] Read more

Microinverter Sales are BLOWING UP

The market for solar microinverters has grown substantially this year, and experts predict that it will quadruple in the next four years. Researchers from ISH, a market research firm, estimate that microinverter sales will reach 500 megawatts in 2013, and global shipments are expected to hit 2.1 gigawatts by 2017. That’s an overwhelming 306% increase. Recent […] Read more

Treehouse’s One-Stop Shop for Solar

Few people walk into a car dealership and ask to see all of the 2.0 liter engines or only the 200 horsepower cars. Those technical specs are important, but most people shop by model, price or features. Yet homeowners that want to install solar panels often find themselves buried in a mound of technical details […] Read more

First Solar’s Thin Film Panels: GE Inside

One year ago, General Electric delayed its plan to build the world’s largest solar plant in Colorado, saying it would focus instead on out-innovating its primary competitor in thin-film technology, First Solar. Now, its plan for the 400 megawatt (MW) manufacturing facility is officially dead under a multi-pronged partnership announced this week with its former […] Read more

How Have Solar and Energy Efficiency Stocks Fared in 2013?

Alternative energy stocks are up over 30% on average for the year, reflecting impressive gains off of widely oversold lows in 2012. Almost three-quarters of stocks have been gainers, and two-thirds have seen double-digit price growth in the past 12 months. Solar and energy efficiency stocks in particular have done extremely well, both up over […] Read more

Tesla Joins Nasdaq 100

Shares of Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) hit another record high today, after NASDAQ announced it would join the NASDAQ-100 index. Tesla, the best performing automaker this year, has seen its shares jump to $125, up 259% so far in 2013. Yesterday NASDAQ announced Tesla would replace Oracle Corp. in the index as of July 15th. Oracle is moving from Nasdaq […] Read more

Sunpower: A Good Investment After Mega Run?

The stock market has been paying attention to SunPower (SPWR) in a big way. At the end of May the stock hit an annual high of 23.76, a gain of 125% from where it was just a month earlier. That price is quadruple levels it was trading at in the beginning of the year. Since […] Read more

Confimed Shrinkage: Solar Venture Capital Funding

The amount of venture capital (VC)—early-stage funding with higher risks, but high potential returns—going to solar companies continues to shrink, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. The report found that solar venture capital in the first quarter of 2013 fell to $126 million, almost a third of the $324 million in the […] Read more

Will Cleantech Stocks Recover?

Could the three-year slump in cleantech stocks be ending? It’s been a tough few years since the glory days of cleantech stocks came to an end – in the good ‘ole days of 2005-2007, companies piled onto the world’s public markets and were among the top performing stocks. Since then, share prices have crashed and […] Read more

John McIlveen Discusses Renewable Energy Investing

The Energy Report: In your last interview, your primary concern in making investment decisions was safety. I know you focus primarily on Canadian companies, but has all the “fiscal cliff” talk influenced your approach to renewable energy investments? John McIlveen: With the fiscal cliff, I could see how renewables might get pushed to the back […] Read more

The SolarCity IPO: Bringing Back Confidence to Renewable Energy Investors?

SolarCity, a solar panel installation and finance company, is one of the more promising stories for alternative energy investors this year. SolarCity filed details of its initial public offering (IPO) on Tuesday, making it one of the few alternative energy company IPOs that investors are optimistic about. This article explains what type of business SolarCity is, […] Read more