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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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  • A Spanner In The Works Of The Solar Revolution

    Moore’s Law famously postulates that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. That relationship has held true for fifty years and has led to the rapid development of a myriad array of new electronic devices from calculators to mobile phones. A few years ago, an analogous prediction by SunPower Corp. founder Richard Swanson started making headlines. In an article in The Economist, Swanson’s law was characterized as a twenty percent fall in solar power panel prices for every doubling of capacity.Solar power advocates point to the impressive fall in solar power panels over the last…

  • India Could Be The Next Solar Investment Hotspot

    India could well be the next hotbed for a solar revolution. Plagued by red tape, land acquisition and corruption issues in the past, the new Indian government is all set to tackle these challenges as it sets its sights on increasing investments in the Indian solar sector. What is interesting is the fact that the new government led by Prime Minister Modi has so far been quite successful in attracting foreign investors. So, in spite of its weaknesses, India is slowly and steadily making the right moves in tapping its vast potential in the solar sector.Increased Domestic Solar TargetIn last…

  • 5 Solar Stocks That Should Be On Your Radar

    The past nine months have given most energy investors pause to consider whether the oil and gas industry is the best place to park their money right now. While the last month has seen an appreciable rise in regular stalwarts like ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP, as the price of crude has lifted about $8 a barrel, oil and gas stocks are still dangerous waters to navigate for the average investor. Short-term supply and demand dynamics for crude oil are tough to read.As an alternative, energy investors could take a look at solar stocks. Skeptics will remember the beating that solar…

  • Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

    The solar energy industry may prove to be a dark horse in the race to provide global energy security. The world has renewed its interest in solar energy investment as it searches for a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Countries like China, Germany, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada have already made significant investments in solar power. Who are the other players who are investing big in solar energy? With its own set of limitations such as high installation costs and high plug-in time, are consumers across the world ready to choose solar energy to…

  • Solar Could Be UK's Biggest Loser This Year

    Traditionally powered by coal, natural gas, and to a lesser extent, nuclear, the United Kingdom has been a reluctant convert to solar power. However that has changed in recent years, with the UK solar sector growing from virtually nothing five years ago to nearly 5GW, enough to power around 1.5 million homes. Last year was a record for UK solar, with the sector nearly doubling from 2.8GW at the end of 2013 to almost 5GW at the end of 2014, official statistics show. Now, the British government threatens to slam the brakes on the growth, due to a shift in…

  • Something To Consider Before Buying In To Rooftop Solar

    Green energy has moved to the forefront of the national conversation on energy production even as oil prices sit near decade lows. The simple fact that solar power and wind power now command so much attention speaks to how the country’s views on energy have changed. But now some people are going one step further and actually looking to install enough solar panels on their homes to become energy positive – that is to generate more energy than they actually consume. Britain’s Guardian newspaper ran a recent story about this , but that story skipped over a few obvious issues.…

  • How Much Money Can You Really Save With A Smart Home?

    It has become conventional wisdom that the wave of the future is “smart home” technology from smart utility meters that read a houses energy usage automatically to smart lights that turn off when not in use. The industry has been in development for years, but moved to the forefront of the start-up world when Google bought Nest Labs last year for more than $3B. Nest Labs makes a variety of smart home devices including thermostats and smoke alarms. Smart home technology marries two of the most talked about trends in business right now – the internet of things and green…

  • Off-Grid Solar Threatens Utilites In The Next Decade

    The utility death spiral could be just around the corner. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) finds that solar photovoltaics combined with battery storage could become cost competitive with grid electricity in key parts of the United States within a decade. That would pose an existential threat to the traditional utility. As more homes and businesses opt for solar power equipped with battery backup storage, utilities will lose their customers. That makes it increasingly difficult to finance and maintain expensive grid assets, forcing utilities to raise rates on remaining customers, further pushing people to go off-grid. For…

  • Time To Get Back Into Canadian Solar

    Longtime, regular readers with the memory of an elephant may remember an article that I wrote in May of last year. That piece suggested that even though solar power stocks had fairly consistently failed to live up to expectations, the ridiculously low valuations at the time made a couple of them worth buying. One of those suggestions was Canadian Solar (CSIQ).In that article, as is my wont, I also suggested parameters for the trade; a stop loss just below $20, which was never reached, and a price target of $37, which, as it happens, was actually about 10 percent away…

  • Solar Really Can Be Cheaper Than Coal

    The ongoing volatility in the oil markets has led many major companies to dramatically slash their capex budgets and workforces in a bid to survive. The knock on effect of this can be seen in a burgeoning solar industry that is seizing the opportunity to finally make a significant breakthrough into the market, regardless of subsidies. Research and consultancy group Woods Mackenzie believes we may have a shale-like boom on our hands. According to their new report “Is solar the next shale?” distributed and utility scale solar is nearly ready to transform power markets. And for this, we can thank…