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November 8 -- Once this pesky presidential election gets behind us, politicians will again talk about renewable energy and climate change, predicts the founder and president of Oakland-based Sungevity, Danny Kennedy.  "The consumer market will force them to," he predicts, because for the past two years, consumers have been turning to solar power in droves, with rooftop installations up 426 percent industry wide since 2010.  Moreover, Hurricane Sandy has made clear that the harm to the planet from burning fossil fuels will soon be an intolerable trade off. >>View Article 

October 24 -- SolarCity Corp. said it is planning a 7.4-megawatt solar power project that will bring renewable energy to 26 Los Angeles Unified School District schools.  The project will allow the school district to save more than $776,000 in the first year and more than $25 million over the next 20 years, San Mateo-based SolarCity said. >>View Article

September 21 -- Arvada, Colorado - September 19, 2012: SkyFuel, Inc. was honored with the 2012 Technology Award at the annual Solar PACES conference, held this year in Marrakech. The award was made for the development of ReflecTech®PLUS - a high reflectance, durable, silvered polymer film designed to reduce the lifecycle cost of parabolic trough solar fields. ReflecTech®PLUS is the first reflective film that has proven to be durable outdoors for more than 30 years and incorporates an abrasion resistant coating. The film was developed by ReflecTech, Inc. in collaboration with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab. >>View Article

September 14 -- Walmart launched an expansion of its solar initiative in Arizona at its Buckeye distribution center near Phoenix. The distribution center will feature Walmart's largest solar installation to date with over 14,000 solar panels on a 1,000,000 sq. feet building and parking canopies that will produce up to 30 percent of the center's energy needs. >>View Article

August 23 -- Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading designer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has been named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine. Ranked number 985, Borrego Solar grew at a rate of 322 percent over the past three years. Borrego Solar also ranked 18 amongst San Diego-based businesses and 35 amongst energy companies. >>View Article

August 31 -- Shoals Technologies Group is not the only former automotive parts manufacturer that has reinvented itself as a solar supplier, but few have become as successful as Shoals in their adopted industry. >>View Article

By Michael Goggin 9/30/13

The Western U.S. could reap huge benefits in pollution savings and reduced spending on fossil fuels by installing more wind and solar power plants, according to a comprehensive new analysis released today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The study found that obtaining 25 percent of electricity in the Western U.S. from renewable energy will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by up to 34 percent and save $7 billion annually in fossil fuel costs.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:03

Solar Industry, Ready for Take-Off

By Charles Guo 9/24/13

Are firms in the renewable energy industry going out of business, or are they consolidating to set course to finally scale? Industry experts ranging from financiers to Berc logomanufactures from the solar energy industry shared their foresights into the hotly followed solar energy industry. The panelist collectively agreed that this industry is just starting to rise. Three key strategy drivers of growth for the industry will need to come from tech innovation, globalization, and cost reduction. While instillation cost of solar PV has dropped tremendously in the last five years, the industry needs financing costs to come down even further before the industry can truly take-off. Industry experts are optimistic that the advance of data aggregation for the industry will allow investors to better understand and manage risks in their investments for this sector. As more firms develop financial vehicles to increase liquidity in the sector, experts expect capital injections to accelerate.

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