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Other Bridges to Cross

It's time for a break. If Jesus could traipse around the desert for 40 days and nights (without a bike!), I can tap out for a month to recharge my (solar) batteries. See you July 1! In the meantime, if you're looking for some summer reading, well, I have a few suggestions! eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world

Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power

The solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas. Last year, 20 cities – representing only about 0.1% of U.S. land area – accounted for a stunning 6.5% of U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to a recent [...]

A Glimpse At The Market Endgame: How China's (Formerly) Richest Man Crashed His Own Stock When He Tried To Sell

On Wednesday, we reported on what was certainly the biggest market news of the week when in under one second, Chinese solar company Hanergy Thin Film crashed by nearly 50% due to what are still unknown reasons. As a reminder, beforeShow More Summary

Dot Earth Blog: The R&B Star Akon and an Emirates Foundation Invest in a Solar Energy Work Force for Africa

A hip-hop star, Akon, and a young solar-technology instructor visit the U.N. to show how they are lighting up Africa.

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar Leaves Venice To Start 2015 Campaign

Originally published on 1Sun4All. After the victories of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar‘s earlier 2013 DeepWater and 2014 TerraSubmersa expeditions, the boat’s next solar mission commissioned by the Race for Water Foundation begins with the solar ship leaving Venice after an 8-month winter stay on Certosa Island, in the Veneto region of Italy. Show More Summary

Solar Parity Coming Faster Than Expected

Originally posted at Back in 2012, ILSR released a pair of reports on the solar Rooftop Revolution, noting that one-third of Americans would live in a metropolitan area where the cost of solar energy from their roof would be less than the cost of power from the utility by 2021. Show More Summary

Trina Solar Beats Expectations On Strong Shipments And Margins

Quarterly revenues came in at $558 million, up by 25.5% year-over-year, driven by stronger panel shipments, although they fell by 20.8% on a sequential basis due to seasonally lower sales in China. Gross margins improved by 2.3% sequentially to 18%, aided by a more favorable sales mix and lower manufacturing costs. Show More Summary

SunEdison Inks More Rooftop Solar Projects In Southern California

12 hours agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

SunEdison, a solar project developer based in St. Louis, MO, has sealed another deal with Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility that serves more than 14 million customers in southern California, to install 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar, enough to power the equivalent of about 63,000 homes. Scheduled to [...]

Turns out the former Chinese billionaire whose solar company just imploded was shorting his own stock

It turns out the man presiding over the implosion of one of China's stock market darlings was on the right side of the trade. Li Hejun, the Chairman of Hanergy Thin Film Solar Group Ltd, added to a short position in his own company's...Show More Summary

Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day which, along with a light-collecting paint, creates a stunning

Guggenheim Solar ETF Will Boot Hanergy After Stock Implosion

Reuters A Hanergy exhibition stand is seen at a Clean Energy Expo in Beijing April 1, 2015. The Guggenheim Solar exchange-traded fund (TAN) will give the boot to Hanergy Thin Film (3800.Hong Kong), the recently high-flying stock that saw its price collapse earlier this week, according to a spokesperson. The smaller Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF [...]


This will give you hope: Developing countries are racing to install wind and solar Chris Mooney, May 19, 2015 (Washington Post) “…[I]f you want news that will give you hope, [ Power Shifts – Emerging Clean Energy Markets] from Pew’sShow More Summary

Trina Solar Announces Record Shipments In Q1’15 Report

Trina Solar announced a record 1,025.2 MW of solar modules shipped in the first quarter of 2015, in a Q1’15 report that also included net revenue which was up on a year earlier, but down on Q4’14. On Thursday, Trina Solar, one of the...Show More Summary

Warning Signs For Energy Technology Investors: 1) Ink Versus Gold

This post begins a series intended to help investors (and policy-makers) understand when an energy technology company is being overhyped, as apparently Hanergy Solar was. Cleantech advocates always try to downplay failures like that of Solyndra as not telling us much about the industry more generally, but they ignore the [...]

Daily dose: 3 cheers for Solar PV edition

15 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

NC House votes to keep solar energy tax credits (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The N.C. House voted down an effort from some Republicans to kill a tax credit for solar energy projects. Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Raleigh Republican, sponsored the amendment to let the program expire at the end of the year. Show More Summary

San Francisco Solar: Bay Area Revives PACE Financing Program

Originally published on Cost of Solar. One of the bigger hurdles to home solar, which is paying for the cost of installing the solar array, is getting a little lower in the San Francisco area, thanks to the revival of the Bay Area’s PACE financing program. Show More Summary

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State? read more

Stained Glass Window Turns Solar Power Into Electricity

17 hours agoTechnology : Walyou

Surfaces that collect solar energy and turn it into electricity don’t have to be aesthetically appalling. This stained glass window …

First Drip (5/22/15): Jim Rogers shames state legislators more

Republican state Sen. Bob Rucho proves he's no friend to the solar power industry when he pushed through legislation "that would freeze state mandates for renewable energy production at the current 6 percent level, changing an existing...Show More Summary

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