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SunPower to Issue Asset Backed Bonds

SunPower to Issue Asset Backed Bonds

In a bid to secure inexpensive capital, SunPower (SPWR) is pursuing alternative funding sources. According to a number of reports, SunPower, intends to issue bonds backed by solar assets later this year. Asset backed securities (ABS) pool together power purchase agreements from utility scale plants or residential solar leases, and pass on the payments from


In Focus: Solar PV in China

In 2013 approximately 1/3 of the global solar PV installations were realized in China. The nation installed between 13-14 GW (2012: 5.04 GW), i.e. more than any other country in a single year ever before. Solar Server’s partner Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA), notes several reasons why the official national target


Solar Stats: Biggest and Best of 2013

This year was the first time someone could use the words “solar” and “mainstream” in the same sentence and be taken seriously. It’s still too early to call solar PV a truly mainstream energy technology, but as GTM Research VP Shayle Kann recently pointed out, it’s getting close. And there a lot of factors to consider


China: Now The World’s Largest Solar Market

In October 2013 NPD Solarbuzz Inc. (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) published a new analysis which estimates that China represented 25% of the 9 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in the third quarter of 2013. “The emergence of China in driving PV demand is impacting both global end-market figures and is also having a profound


Verizon Makes Huge Clean Energy Investment

Technology giant Verizon is making significant strides toward increasing the use of on-site green energy throughout its national portfolio with plans to finish more than $100 million in clean and renewable energy projects across facilities in seven states by the end of this year. The investment is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by over 15,000 metric tons


SunPower Buys Robot Solar Panel Cleaner Greenbotics

Robots that clean aren’t just the stuff of futuristic sci-fi movies anymore. Sure, there’s Roomba, the disc-shaped vacuuming robot for your home. But what about something bigger, something on a commercial scale that could lead a company to triumph within its industry? Greenbotics manufactures robots that clean solar panels. And SunPower, a leading U.S. solar


FUTUREWATCH: Invisible Wind Turbines

Testing has begun on the innovative mini-wind-turbine blade designed by the famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano and developed in partnership with Enel Green Power, an Italian multinational renewable energy corporation, at the Molinetto test field, in the Province of Pisa. The new slim-line, two-blade turbine is less visible than the traditional three-blade design, to the


Phatport Structures: Making Solar Look Good

Phatport Structures is taking solar off the roof and making it more functional. “There’s a huge percentage of people who can’t fit solar on their roofs, “ said Philippe Hartley, CEO of Phat Energy. “That leaves a huge demand for off-the-roof solar.” Phatport, which builds solar shades for carports, patios, awnings, bus stops and other


FUTUREWATCH: Nanoparticle Ink to Paint Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that abundant materials in the Earth’s crust—zinc and phosphorus—can be used to make nanoparticles for solar cell manufacturing. These nanoparticles will enable cheaper production of solar cells using mass manufacturing methods like roll-to-roll printing or spary-coating with nanoparticle-based ‘inks’. The discovery, several years in the making, is


Why Solar Leasing is the Answer

In this day and age of heightened awareness about global warming and how our past actions have impacted the environment in ways we never imagined, it seems crazy to have tools that will helps us correct ourselves but decline to use them. Of course, fans of solar power need no convincing when it comes to


Solar Home Loan Program Announced by SunPower

SunPower released positive second quarter 2013 results on July 31, and continued to look forward to the future and the multiple markets the solar manufacturing company will serve. As part of that, SunPower also announced that it will launch a new residential solar loan program to allow homeowners to get a SunPower solar array with


SolarCity Earnings = MEH

SolarCity (SCTY) has been one of the hottest alternative energy stocks since its Initial Public Offering five short months ago. Yesterday it shot up 24% in one day, on the largest one-day volume since it opened, in anticipation of its quarterly earnings release. It is up 95% in the past three months, and has more


Top 10 Solar Panel Manufacturers

There has been a shaking out period going on for a while in the solar industry. Big names like BP and Bosch have dropped their solar divisions, while other companies have just gone under like Konarka and of course, Solyndra (which never really was that big). Well which manufacturers have not only held on, but


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