Solar Energy News: PACE Financing Grows, Yingli Innovates…

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California is jumping back into PACE financing with the CaliforniaFIRST initiative. This is big. (Solar Love)

Yingli Solar has done a bit of innovating in the realm of ingots. (Solar Love)

Astrum Solar has bought Centrica for $54 million. (Solar Love)

SunPower has started construction on a 135 MW solar power plant in California, which is part of SunPower’s holdco strategy. (Solar Love)

Can you name the solar company with the largest market cap? (Greentech Media)

Home solar and net metering aren’t the main causes of utilities’ struggles, despite the widespread assumption that they are. Our buddy Scott Thill illuminates, with the help of a new study. (

Giles digs deeper into the economics of residential battery storage in Australia. (RenewEconomy)

Jake runs down 6 recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance FiRe winners. (Solar Love)

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