• Liquid Solar

    A Science Daily article this week grabbed me with a headline suggesting “Solar Panels as Inexpensive as Paint?” Reading on, this doesn’t refer exactly to the price point of paint, but to the ease with which solar technology could be installed in the near future. The article details research being done at the University of […]

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  • Why and How: Green Banks

    Why Should Green Banks Loan Money? The bottom line is that green banks offer capital below market cost. As the cost of renewable energy technologies continues to fall, soft costs associated with clean energy deployment (access to startup capital) continue to impede growth in this sector. Here are some specific reasons why green banks should loan money: 1. […]

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  • Tennessee Valley Authority

    In President Obama’s recently released 2014 Federal Budget Proposal the Administration called for a “strategic review” of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including the possible privatization of the utility. Founded in 1933, TVA is currently the largest public utility with over 9 million customers located throughout the Eastern United States. TVA also has a debt […]

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  • New Solar Financing Program in Hawaii

      We would like to congratulate the State Legislature of Hawaii for passing Senate Bill 1087 (SB 1087), innovative legislation authorizing the first ever combination of bond financing and on-bill repayment for clean energy infrastructure, including distributed generation solar PV systems. SB 1087 will make it less costly to deploy clean energy projects in Hawaiiby […]

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  • Senator Coons to Introduce Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

    Senator Coons (D-Delaware) has just announced that he will be introducing the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act. This Bill would level the playing field for renewable energy investors by enabling them to adopt a corporate structure that currently gives tax advantages to fossil-fuel investors. A master limited partnership (MLP) is a business structure that is taxed […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part II

    An additional benefit of “green collar jobs” that could be created by distributed solar roll-out is that the jobs require a variety of skills and pay a variety of salaries. Working in the solar industry can involve a broad range of tools and skills ranging from electrical work to sales to structural engineering. Similarly, the salaries range […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part I

    What is one of the biggest problems in the United States right now?  Unemployment. Unemployment in the U.S. is currently 7.7%. While this number is an improvement from the high of 10% measured in October of 2009, it remains a disheartening reminder of America’s stagnant economic growth and widespread budget cuts.   How can the […]

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  • If Google’s Doing It…

      How has Google done so well? Certainly part of its success has come from its multi-billion dollar investments into clean energy projects. Rick Needham, Google’s Director of Energy and Sustainability sums up the investment decision quite well, “While fossil-based prices are on a cost curve that goes up, renewable prices are on this march […]

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  • Nebraska

    Clean Energy in Nebraska – How do they do it?!

    Now that the price of solar hardware has steadily declined, the remaining costs associated with solar PV installation come from soft costs. In fact, customer acquisition costs have been cited as the single largest soft cost. According to SunRun, sales and marketing alone constitute over 25% of residential installation costs. How can the solar industry […]

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  • Are Green Banks Obama’s Next Move?

    A February 14th EnergyBiz article by Ken Silverstein outlines some of the common arguments for and against Green Banks given Obama’s recent interest in using those institutions to facilitate clean energy expansion. CGC’s Vice President, Ken Berlin, responds to skeptics by addressing the benefits of leveraging federal funds to make renewable energy more affordable to the consumer. Silverstein sums […]

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