Solar Energy Advo...
Follow
Find
1.2K views | +0 today
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

How To Bring More Financing To C&I Solar Projects

How To Bring More Financing To C&I Solar Projects | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
By Mike McGuire, Special To Solar Power World

The solar industry is growing rapidly, but a vast opportunity for development remains untapped with commercial and industrial (C&I) properties owned by less-than-investment-grade offtakers. The challenge thus far has been the inability to underwrite and score the credit of both the properties and the offtakers efficiently and

Wiser Capital's insight:

Wiser's own Mike McGuire weighs in on what it takes to gain access to financing for this untapped market. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

The A-to-Z of PPAs, And How a New Boom in Solar Is Just Beginning

The A-to-Z of PPAs, And How a New Boom in Solar Is Just Beginning | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new solar industry boom is upon us, and this one is here to stay. Finally widespread, mid-scale commercial solar projects are becoming a reality and the catalyst is third-party ownership, accelerated by innovation in power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Wiser Capital's insight:

Confused about Power Purchase Agreements and how they are impacting the solar market? We can help! 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Incentives for Solar Dry up in California

Incentives for Solar Dry up in California | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Southern California Edison (SCE) announced via email that they would begin a wait list for their non-residential rebate program. What does this mean? It means that the California Solar Initiative rebate program is pretty much out of money for most home and business owners.


We should note that in San Diego the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), , has about 2MW of capacity left and rebates for new homes and affordable housing are still available, but these represent just a small fraction of the original allocation. ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Weighing Your Financing Options: Power Purchase Agreements and Leases

Weighing Your Financing Options: Power Purchase Agreements and Leases | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The solar industry is booming, with much of the growth coming from third-party ownership in the form of leases and power purchase agreements (PPA). These tools can help home and business owners who cannot afford the capital costs of going solar and who don’t qualify for, or can’t take the federal tax credits. Unfortunately the market has traditionally done a poor job of differentiating the two funding mechanisms and helping people understand which one will meet their needs.


Both options allow the host customer to receive...
Wiser Capital's insight:

Confused about financing solar for your business? Learn about the pros and cons of PPAs and Leases. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

New Studies Find Significant Declines in Price of Rooftop and Utility-Scale Solar

New Studies Find Significant Declines in Price of Rooftop and Utility-Scale Solar | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The price of solar energy in the U.S. continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports produced by Berkeley Lab. A third Berkeley Lab report, written in collaboration with researchers at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential photovoltaic (PV) prices.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

How Local And Regional Banks Could Help Contractors

How Local And Regional Banks Could Help Contractors | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it

By Frank Andorka, Editorial Director

At Intersolar North America in July, the SunSpec Alliance Solar Finance and Asset Symposium IV featured an excellent set of speakers who covered the gamut of financing options for solar now and in the future. One of the most interesting discussions revolved around the role of local and regional banks.  You...

Wiser Capital's insight:

Getting our heads around the risks associated with distributed generation can be challenging but once the industry is comfortable, the small and medium scale DG market will be unstoppable. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Is

We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Is | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The idea that renewable energy can't handle the load is a myth, says Amory Lovins
Wiser Capital's insight:

Amory Lovins takes on the myth that renewable energy can't meet our electrical needs now. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.
Wiser Capital's insight:

Study predicts lower energy costs, huge savings from avoided health impacts, and more jobs for California. Sounds like the right path to us. 

more...
Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:49 PM

All states, cities, and nations need to make similar plans for how to transition to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Investment In Clean Energy At Highest Point Since 2012

Investment In Clean Energy At Highest Point Since 2012 | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
New investment in the global clean energy sector totaled $66.2 billion in the second quarter this year.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Renewables Provide 14 Percent of Electrical Generation During First Third of 2014

Renewables Provide 14 Percent of Electrical Generation During First Third of 2014 | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Two new back-to-back reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide a snapshot of U.S. energy trends for the first months of 2014.
Wiser Capital's insight:

The US EIA didn't think we'd hit this level until 2040. #winning. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

2014 Trends: Solar Financing

2014 Trends: Solar Financing | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Before investing in a solar project, it’s critical to know where the money is coming from to finance it. As the solar industry matures and becomes increasingly complex, so does its financing models. What financing is around the corner in 2014? And how does the impending reduction of the ITC factor into the industry’s stability
Wiser Capital's insight:

Interested in the latest trends for solar financing?  Read on for predictions from industry experts including Wiser Capital's own Nathan Homan. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Solar Sector Keeping Investors Busy

Solar Sector Keeping Investors Busy | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Highlighting once again that one of the key stories for renewable energy in 2014 will be renewable energy finance, Q1 2014 shows high growth for investments in solar. Total global corporate funding in the solar sector, including venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), debt financing, and other eq
Wiser Capital's insight:

The big solar story of 2014 looks to be around finance. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Our Investments Matter

Our Investments Matter | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Do the stocks or mutual funds we buy affect the management of the companies we invest in?
Wiser Capital's insight:

"Collectively, we have power.  With collective power comes collective responsibility." Nicely said. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Amazon moves on renewables — after a push from Greenpeace

Amazon moves on renewables — after a push from Greenpeace | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The world's biggest Internet host announces a deal to soften its 'dirty' reputation. But don't give Greenpeace all the credit.
Wiser Capital's insight:

Is it ethics or economics that are moving these companies toward renewable energy? Wiser Capital gets to weigh in! 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities

Single-Family Residential Solar Power Investment Beats S&P 500 in Most US Cities | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in 46 out of 50 American cities!"
Wiser Capital's insight:

Solar is a solid investment for homeowners and our communities. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

Why Local Energy Ownership Matters | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured b
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels : Greentech Media

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Levelized costs don’t tell the whole story about competitiveness. But they provide a helpful guide for where clean energy is headed.
Wiser Capital's insight:

A decade ago the 'experts' thought it would take us 50 years to get to grid parity. Looks like we proved them wrong. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

The Return of Small Commercial Solar? : Greentech Media

The Return of Small Commercial Solar? : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
GTM Research predicts a revival of small commercial projects—spurred by incentives and innovation.
Wiser Capital's insight:

We couldn't agree more. Small commercial is an untapped market with huge potential.  

more...
Solar Life's curator insight, September 15, 2014 7:39 AM

may be adapte to needs of cooling for self-use of solar produced local power

Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Morgan Stanley: Fixed Charges on Solar May Cause ‘Tipping Point’ for Grid Defection : Greentech Media

Morgan Stanley: Fixed Charges on Solar May Cause ‘Tipping Point’ for Grid Defection : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Could adding fixed grid charges to the bills of solar customers encourage more people to ditch their utility?
Wiser Capital's insight:

Utilities need to be wary of unintended consequences of fixed charges for solar customers. At some point storage will make more economic sense. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

As Securitization Grows, Is the Solar Industry Ready for Wall Street’s Scrutiny? : Greentech Media

As Securitization Grows, Is the Solar Industry Ready for Wall Street’s Scrutiny? : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
In order for solar to become a mainstream security, companies must work for common standards.
Wiser Capital's insight:

The solar industry is growing by leaps and bounds but to reach lofty goals of the industry, standardization and risk assessment are going to need to take a larger role. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?

What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling? | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties “illegal” a
Wiser Capital's insight:

It's still difficult to say what impact the WTO ruling will have on solar pricing in the US, but this is a good read on some of the nuances in the trade dispute that impacts the entire industry.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

YieldCos Could Cut Renewables Costs by 20%, Study Finds : Greentech Media

YieldCos Could Cut Renewables Costs by 20%, Study Finds : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
But they’re not there yet.
Wiser Capital's insight:

Good tips on maturing investments across the board. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

The Next Wave of Solar Technologies: Silicon Evolution, Not Revolution : Greentech Media

The Next Wave of Solar Technologies: Silicon Evolution, Not Revolution : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
SEMI’s James Montgomery offers an especially relevant perspective in light of yesterday’s SolarCity acquisition of silicon innovator Silevo.
Wiser Capital's insight:

Expect incremental improvements, not giant leaps in technology. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

Hawaii Passes the Point of No Return on Distributed Generation : Greentech Media

Hawaii Passes the Point of No Return on Distributed Generation : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
Hawaii’s governor lays out the reality of the state’s grid: “The energy Rubicon has been crossed.”
Wiser Capital's insight:

Regulators tell Hawaii Utility Company to plan for and embrace renewable energy. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Wiser Capital
Scoop.it!

What Does ‘Winning’ the Clean Energy Race Even Mean? : Greentech Media

What Does ‘Winning’ the Clean Energy Race Even Mean? : Greentech Media | Solar Energy Advocacy | Scoop.it
The “clean energy race” is a compelling narrative. But is it too simple?
Wiser Capital's insight:

Clean energy is picking up steam across the globe, but is how we're measuring success accurate?  

more...
No comment yet.