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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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  • Coal Will Struggle To Survive Australian Solar Surge

    Anyone looking for evidence that solar power is more than just a passing fad need only look at Australia’s newest solar plants. Recently, the country saw two new solar plants officially open in the sunny state of New South Wales. The mammoth projects cover nearly 1,000 acres and are owned and operated by AGL Energy. Between them, the two plants will generate roughly 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity - enough power for more than 50,000 homes. Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalize on solar energy and it is entirely possible that the country will be mostly reliant on solar power rather…

  • Google Rolls Out New Service To Stimulate PV Solar

    Google’s newest project to bring people into its ecosystem is an online solar calculator that is supposed to let consumers easily evaluate the costs and benefits of solar panels and decide if an installation is a good idea or not. The company’s new product is called Project Sunroof but consumers who get too excited about a third party opinion on the value of solar for their home may be in for a disappointment. Project Sunroof is an interesting concept and it combines Google’s unparalleled Google earth with other data to evaluate how much solar panels might save a consumer. The…

  • Warren Buffett Beats Elon Musk In Nevada

    In a clash of the titans, Warren Buffett just defeated Elon Musk. The fight was over solar net-metering in Nevada, a state that has the fifth largest installed solar capacity in the country. Nevada is home to Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory,’ which will produce batteries for electric vehicles. In addition to CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk is also the chairman of SolarCity, and net-metering – the policy that allows homeowners with solar panels to be paid for the power they produce – is central to solar economics. But while Musk has quite a bit of sway in the Silver State, he came…

  • Are Solar Panels Lifespans As Long As Industry Claims?

    The success of solar has really been a case of successful innovations in financing as much as successful innovations in technology. As with some many other major capital expenditures consumers have traditionally had a hard time paying for rooftop solar systems up front. With system costs totaling $20K or more for many projects, most consumers simply do not have the cash needed to buy a system outright. SolarCity in particular changed that business model, and the rest of the industry has followed suit. Today the standard is for a consumer to pay little or nothing upfront for their rooftop solar…

  • India Will Determine Both Coal And Solar Market

    Gandhi would be pushing hard to make this happen. Teaching locals how to produce salt from seawater in 1930 gave millions of Indians a measure of independence. In the process he was arrested for breaking the British Raj salt laws, a euphemism for monopoly. Making power from the sun at a reasonable price, making solar power available to millions of people living in villages without pumps and fresh water, would have seemed to him a dream. Between electricity shortages and foul water, India has yet to re-take its place among the world’s economic leaders. (Only one of India’s 35 most…

  • Global Solar Alliance Sets $1 Trillion Investment Goal For 2030

    The Paris COP21 climate summit is turning out to be quite effective as several major agreements and initiatives have been announced in the past few days. Among them was the pledging of around $20 billion in clean energy funding by 19 countries that included the United States, China, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, UK and others. Another major development included the creation of a Breakthrough Energy Coalition - a vehicle for investing in clean energy projects backed by billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. In short, all these developments point towards the rising relevance of renewables especially solar power. Yet another…

  • Are Low Oil and Gas Prices Undermining Renewable Energy Yieldcos?

    With stock prices soaring and the investor money flowing in at a rapid pace, renewable energy companies have experienced significant growth recently. However, this trend is slowly and steadily changing, as one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies, Sun Edison, has witnessed its share price collapse by around 70 percent since July 2015. So, what is behind this reversal of fortunes? One of the biggest reasons for this fallout has been the loss of investor confidence in the financial structure of Yieldcos, a publicly traded company that is formed mostly by renewable companies for purchasing and operating power plants…

  • Is Solar Without Subsidies Now Viable?

    There is something big happening in solar. This fact is becoming more evident every day. Regardless of one’s view on renewable energy overall and whether mankind will ever truly be able to stop using fossil fuels, it’s indisputable that solar power has made enormous strides in every important aspect as a viable source of power in the last decade. Solar producers today are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were on cost economies, power production efficiencies, and total installation costs. As a result, total solar power generation has grown dramatically over time. Another milestone in solar’s progress was made…

  • Living Dangerously In Solar Stocks

    When it comes to the stock market, bottom fishing can be a dangerous game.Once momentum takes hold, particularly downward momentum, it can continue well past the point where logic is the defining factor. Despite that, though, it was what I was trained to do. Life in a dealing room is about seeking opportunity and taking risk in a controlled manner and there is no denying that when prices are falling there is opportunity. The rewards for a contrarian trade are such that, providing you can cut for a relatively small loss if things don’t pan out, it is worth taking…

  • 2020 Could Mark The Tipping Point For U.S. Solar

    The U.S. solar industry hit another milestone this year: there are now more than 20 gigawatts of solar capacity installed across the country, enough electricity to power 4.6 million households. The solar market continues to heat up, and bit by bit the technology is becoming a go-to source of new electricity capacity. In the second quarter of 2015, the U.S. installed 1,393 megawatts of new solar capacity, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, the third highest quarterly total on record. That puts the country on track to install over 7,700 megawatts…

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