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Riverside County Home Energy Renovation Program Yields Energy Bill Savings, Local Jobs, Carbon Emissions Reductions

September 13th, 2012 | by Andrew

Home clean energy project financing in Riverside County is surging higher with the launch of an innovative public-private PACE partnership, HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity). HERO is boosting job creation and the local economy, along with helping consumers cut energy costs and helping the state meet its GHG emissions reduction targets


Solar Power Funding Healthy in Q2 Despite Industry Turmoil

August 22nd, 2012 | by Andrew

News of bankruptcies and downsizing aside, investors continue to put money to work in the solar power market. Venture capital funding, debt financing, and solar project M&A all increased in Q2, while 13 new solar-focused, clean tech investment funds were announced, according to Mercom Capital's Q2 report.


Solar PV Trade Disputes Escalate as German Group Files Dumping Charges against China

July 25th, 2012 | by Andrew

Solar PV trade disputes between China and its main trading partners are escalating, as a group of German solar companies, led by SolarWorld AG, filed a WTO anti-dumping petition with the European Commission. The filing heightens tensions and divisions among industry participants, who have been put under increasing pressure as a result of a massive build-up in solar PV supply and manufacturing capacity, the bulk of which has come from China.


Solar Energy Momentum Building in the Middle East as Qatar Banks Finance $1.1 Billion Polysilicon Plant

May 31st, 2012 | by Andrew

Local banks have come together to finance Qatar's first solar-grade polysilicon production plant, a planned $1.1 billion, 8,000-metric-ton facility being built by Qatar Electricity and Water (QEWC), and Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), a joint venture of the Qatar Foundation that supports efforts to transform the Gulf Coast country's economy from a carbon-based to a knowledge-based one


Solar Energy Companies Look to Capital Markets for Long-term Financing

February 17th, 2012 | by Andrew

Utilities and independent power producers with ready access to the US bond market are ramping up their project development and ownership activities, and that may open up opportunities for other industry participants to follow suit. Recent developments indicate that institutional investors may have an appetite for solar energy bonds, as well.


San Diego Solar Energy Provider Closes $47mm Project Fund

February 14th, 2012 | by Andrew

San Diego's Borrego Solar has closed a new, $47 million fund with U.S. Bank and East West Bank, another indication that private sector US financial institutions view solar energy as a viable, sound investment choice. Borrego's intergrated power purchase agreement cuts customers' up-front capital costs significantly and improves the cash flow profile of solar energy systems' projects


MEMC SunEdison Stakes out $4.6 Billion in Solar Power Projects as Japan Readies Feed-In Tariff

January 17th, 2012 | by Andrew

Solar and renewable energy industry players are jockeying for position and ramping up project development plans and investment as Japan readies a landmark renewable energy feed-in tariff due to go into effect July 1. MEMC Electronic Materials' SunEdison announced plans to invest an initial $4.6 billion to build solar power projects in the Land of the Rising Sun and is discussing potential project sites for 1-GW of solar energy capacity with local governments.


China’s Solar PV Players Ramp Up Overseas Investments

January 5th, 2012 | by Andrew

China's solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers aren't waiting around for US decisions on China improperly subsidizing the industry and claims that Chinese manufacturers are dumping product in the US; they're shifting investments overseas. China's TFG Radiant Group announced it's increasing its equity stake in Colorado flexible thin-film solar PV manufacturer Ascent Solar, while LDK Solar announced its increasing its stake and launching a public takeover offer for all the shares of German silicon solar PV producer Sunways


Buffett’s Mid-American Buys First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz Solar Power Project

December 8th, 2011 | by Andrew

First Solar continues to shed ownership stakes in its thin-film solar PV mega-projects as tough economic and industry conditions prompt a more defensive posture. Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway have been known to swoop in and invest in businesses and industries experiencing difficult times, looking to realize greater value from them over the longer term



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