Total funding in the solar energy sector amounted to more than $4.3 billion spread across 66 transactions in the second quarter of 2012, with strong results in venture capital funding, debt funding, and corporate funding in particular, according to a Mercom Capital Group report.
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Renewable Energy World
On August 15, 2012, at 8 a.m., Colorado’s Xcel utility opened up its registration for a new solar gardens/virtual net metering program. It took just 30 minutes to shut the doors on applications. The utility had received 13.5 MW in those 30 minutes, more than triple the 4.5 MW allowed. This excitement is one reason why I believe that community solar is the key to widespread U.S. solar adoption, but let's go through all of them...plus the challenges to it ever happening.
The Wall Street Journal
Regarding your editorial "The Solar-Painted Desert" (Aug. 14): Solar is the latest industry the Department of the Interior leases land to, just like mining, cattle ranching and other energy sources—no special treatment has been requested or received. More lands are off-limits to solar (79 million acres) than are available. For perspective, there are 74 million acres leased by on- and offshore oil and gas projects. Also, there are no shortcuts in the National Environmental Policy Act when it comes to project reviews and approvals.
According to Ken Gray, the Rates and Renewables Branch Chief at the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, Tyndall AFB, Fla., the array has to be built and generating electricity by the end of the year.
A combination of federal and state tax credits, plummeting equipment prices and an environmentally savvy population has led to a dramatic increase in the number of Wilmington rooftops outfitted with solar panels, according to local installers.
After Japan's government announced prices for its renewable energy feed-in tariff earlier this week, which particularly benefits solar, we knew there would be a quick rush to announce big projects.
DuPont Co. (DD) filed a patent-infringmenet lawsuit today accusing SolarWorld AG (SWV) of selling photovoltaic cells using a material the chemical company said it invented.
The suit, filed in federal court in Portland, Oregon, is over a conductive paste that coats the front side of a solar cell. The paste is made by a unit of Heraeus Holding GmbH and supplied to SolarWorld's U.S. unit, according to the complaint.
U.S. Governor, Andrew Cuomo has announced the introduction of a new photovoltaic initiative in New York, which aims to significantly increase the amount of customer-sited solar power in the state over the next two years.
Chinese polysilicon makers are pressing their governments to impose duties on U.S. imports, a move to drive up prices for competing supplies of the material used in solar panels, four people familiar with the issue said.
Adding solar capacity to the Texas electricity grid would result in lower wholesale electricity prices for Texas customers, according to a new report authored by The Brattle Group and funded by the Energy Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).