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GE Reportedly in Talks to Buy France?s Alstom for $13 Billion
General Electric Co. is in talks to buy Alstom SA, the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE?s biggest acquisition ever.
Unlocking Solar Energy's Value as an Asset Class
Not all options are ready to step into the spotlight, though. Master limited partnerships (MLP) and real estate investment trusts (REIT) promise more attractive tax treatment than securitizations or yieldcos, but they require some heavy lifting and difficult decisions at the highest levels: MLPs need an act of Congress even for an infinitesimal language tweak to remove a legislative exclusion to solar and wind, while REITs involve a touchy reclassification of assets from the IRS that could have broader and undesirable tax consequences. Yet another model gaining traction is a more institutionalized version of crowdfunding, led by Mosaic (technically they call it "crowdsourcing"), but crowdfunding is awaiting more clarity from the Securities and Exchange Commission about what rules must apply.
Three New Finance Models for Non-Profits to Go Solar
There have generally been two main financial challenges for non-profits interested in going solar. First is the lack of funds or credit availability for purchasing a solar system. The second issue is taxes?or rather their tax-exempt status. Because non-profits don?t pay income and property taxes, they?re often barred by legislation from taking ad
Financing Lessons Residential Solar Can Teach the Commercial and Industrial S...
As new and old solar investors seek investment opportunities in distributed generation (DG) solar, there are a number of parallels that can be drawn between the residential and commercial sectors. While residential solar developers have had significant success in obtaining financing for their solar projects, growth has been more sluggish in the com
The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream
When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Acting on a mandate to achieve 25 percent reliability on renewable energy by the year 2025, the DOD has been busy in its aggressive pursuit of that goal ? proving that more often than not, great things can result from unlikely alliances.
The Climate Group, SEIA Launch Plan to Help Reduce Pollution
In 1970, the first Earth Day was held to demonstrate broad global support for environmental protection. At the time, the world?s population stood at 3.63 billion. Today, that number has more than doubled. Well, guess what? Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since then, too. Simply put, the world is in real danger, locked in on a collision cour
The Opportunity to Overturn Three Costly Values in Our Energy System
Earlier this year I worked as an election judge for the city of Minneapolis. It was the city?s second experience with ranked choice voting, a system where instead of voting for a single candidate, you get to pick your top three choices. If your first choice candidate is mathematically eliminated from winning, your vote is reallocated to your seco
German Utilities Fight Renewable Energy Shift
Germany?s biggest utilities face dwindling market shares as the shift torenewable energy spurs regional power generation and storage technology, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel?s party said.
Solar Disruption? Yes. Utility Death Spiral? Not Necessarily
Suddenly, we have seen a spate of ?death spiral? talk about electric utilities. Grid parity ? through lowered costs ? is supposedly triggering this decline. Homes are expected to defect from the grid, or maintain a limited link with it for reliability, thanks to solar panels backed up by batteries and gas-generators.
China Reiterates Plans to Boost Clean Energy
China, the world?s biggest investor in renewable energy, reiterated plans to boost construction of solar and wind power plants along with projects to transmit electricity from the clean sources.
How a Small County in California Went Grid Positive
California is known for being a leader in solar energy, but a small county in Northern California has taken things a step further. It has become the first county government in the state to not only zero-out its electric bill with renewable energy, but also to become grid positive. Yolo County (population 200,000), just west of Sacramento County, now produces 152 percent more energy from solar panels than it uses.
A Molecular Approach to Solar Power
It?s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn?t shine.
Renewable Energy May Help Ukraine Abandon Russian Gas
Despite political instability and economical problems, Ukraine is pursuing the development of renewable energy in order to reduce dependence on gas supplies and economic pressures from Russia.
Ukraine Seeks Renewable Energy Investors to Loosen Russia?s Grip
Ukrainian officials say they?ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green.
10 Charts that Reveal the Potential ROI for Solar Blogging
I know I write a lot about how solar companies can blog effectively, but I still see few companies truly embracing blogging. Perhaps that?s because solar marketers want to show their CEOs some objective stats that show how blogging can be effective and not a waste of time and resources. And that?s where HubSpot, a popular inbound (content) marketin
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