SolarCity, now worth $7bn, prepares to add solar loans to leases.

August 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Recharge: “SolarCity is “testing” home solar loan products, says chief executive Lyndon Rive, with such loans expected to soon begin eating into the market share of the lease model upon which SolarCity has thrived.”
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Corporatisation of US green energy: a double-edged sword worth billions.

August 7, 2014 Climate, Finance 

Guardian: “There’s a popular meme that surfaces on green energy blogs, forums, and Facebook pages. The gist is that large corporations love oil and gas because they can own and control it. They’re against renewable energy because no-one can own the sun or wind. The problem for anti-corporate green-energy campaigners is, increasingly: the meme isn’t true.”
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“Why Home Depot could soon be in charge of the power industry.”

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy 

SmartGridNews.com: “NRG Energy CDO David Crane wants the private sector to lead the next energy revolution – even though that could put companies like his out of business. NRG Energy is America’s largest solar developer and one of the country’s largest power producers.”
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SunPower offers solar home power package to EV customers.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year — to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.”
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The signs of energy system-change are coming think and fast now.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Some mornings these days, I open my laptop, check the energy news and have to pinch myself to make sure that I am not still dreaming, so fast are signs of system change emerging.”
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Solar firms to sue UK government over subsidy cuts once again.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “Four of the UK’s leading solar companies are to sue the government over proposals to halt subsidies for large solar farms from early next year, sparking the third legal battle over solar policy in three years.”
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Renewables hit 15% UK market share in 2013 (Germany 28% in H1 2014).

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “Almost 15% of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable sources in 2013 compared to 11.3% in the previous year – a new record for the country, government statistics released today show.”
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“Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven.”

July 28, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,” takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector.”
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Apple eyes solar to power the cloud and iPhone 6 screen manufacturing.

July 25, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.”
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Diesel supply bedevils investments in Africa’s internet: solar can help.

July 19, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “If you wake me up at 2 am and ask me what I am thinking about, the answer is power,” says Pankaj Kulshrestha, chief operating officer of Eaton Towers, one of a crop of infrastructure companies that have sprung up in the past five years to control some 15 per cent of Africa’s telecoms towers.”
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Solar displacing oil for lighting, en route to the rest of fossil fuels.

Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National: “Jeremy Leggett describes kerosene lamps as the vampires of developing communities in Africa. They suck financial resources to provide pitiful light, noxious fumes, lost houses and schools due to accidents, as well as damaging emissions.”
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Solar on UK commercial buildings: big vacant spaces, big opportunity.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “As the cost of solar energy plunges, the solar industry is growing at what some describe as “lightning speed”. But that is a global picture. Nationally, the situation varies greatly, depending on the attitude of the incumbent government.”
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UK High Court rules for solar companies’ £132 million damages claim.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 UK solar companies who brought a £132 million damages claim against the government.”
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“Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle” / solar the future.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The cumulative blitz on energy exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it.”
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Deep decarbonization pathways available to hit 2˚C climate target: report.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Guardian: “The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.”
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Deutsche Bank to lend $1 billion for solar in Japan.

July 8, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

REW.com: “Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.”
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150 UK companies appeal to PM to stop undermining solar industry.

July 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries 

SolarPowerPortal: “A letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry has been signed by more than 150 businesses.”
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Companies, restaurants etc all selling solar power to grid in Japan.

Bloomberg: “Watami Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known best as a hangout for salarymen, is getting into the business of selling power — and it isn’t alone.”
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Insurers plan to cover withdrawal of wind and solar subsidies.

July 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

FT: “Insurers are developing plans to protect investors in solar and wind power projects against the sudden withdrawal of crucial state subsidies that have battered the European renewable energy industry.”
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German renewables in electricity generation exceeded 30% in first half.

July 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solarserver: “Energy generation of German solar PV installations increased by 28% compared to the first half of 2013, wind grew by around 19% according to new figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE, Freiburg).”
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