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Wiser Capital Aims to Match Solar Project Developers with Building Owners and Investors

Wiser Capital Aims to Match Solar Project Developers with Building Owners and Investors | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
As solar energy becomes more widely accepted by a broader spectrum of investors, an increasing number of services also are cropping up to match money with projects.
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By diversifying the projects and investor pool we believe we can help businesses switch to solar and provide investors with a sustainable investment they can believe in. 

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New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry

New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year – and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers – it’s easy for many people to overlook the “hot start” in 2014 for solar energy. But so far thi
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We're only a couple months into 2014 but it's already looking to be another big year for solar. 

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Renewable Energy Finance Outlook for 2014: Where Will the Cash Flow?

Renewable Energy Finance Outlook for 2014: Where Will the Cash Flow? | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The world of renewable energy finance is vast: encompassing everything from venture capital funding for innovative start-ups, to research and development (R&D) and manufacturing expansion spending, to project finance and all the way through to investing in clean energy companies on the stock mar
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Some interesting thoughts from Renewable Energy World.  What do you think?

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Why Recycling Isn't As Helpful As You Think - MainStreet

Why Recycling Isn't As Helpful As You Think - MainStreet | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
There are costs to green consumerism and eco-friendly practices. Are you making the right investments?
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How do you reuse and reduce BEFORE you recycle? 

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Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? No. But Solar Securities Draw Near

Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? No. But Solar Securities Draw Near | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
By Elias Hinckley and John Frenkil Special To Solar Power World The energy finance community has eagerly anticipated the introduction of solar asset-backed securities — “solar securitization”  — for at least three years, and may be waiting for...
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We couldn't agree more.  In fact, we're working to address the roadblocks and help securitization happen.

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Bonds backed by solar power, now that's a good idea from Wall Street!

Bonds backed by solar power, now that's a good idea from Wall Street! | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Bonds can be backed by all kinds of assets, from conventional stuff like mortgages, credit card loans, car loans, to more unconventional things... like energy from the sun.
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Our goal is to make this possible for commercial solar. 

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SEC Clarifies Crowdsourcing Rules, What's the Impact on Renewables?

SEC Clarifies Crowdsourcing Rules, What's the Impact on Renewables? | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The SEC has finally proposed its rules to allow crowd-funding under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. What do they mean for small-scale investments in renewable energy companies and projects?
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Seems like a good way to raise cash equity but not tax equity.  Still a step in the right direction. 

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New Solana Power Plant Shines Spotlight on Arizona Solar Power

New Solana Power Plant Shines Spotlight on Arizona Solar Power | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The Arizona solar power sector has been thrust into the global spotlight with the startup of the Solana solar plant, the first of its kind in the US.
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Solar VC Funding: "The Fear Is Gone" For Investors

Solar VC Funding: "The Fear Is Gone" For Investors | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Project funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the solar energy sector reached record levels from July-September of this year, reflecting an improved outlook for solar demand, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group.
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Interestingly they talk about solar trends but don't mention commercail power purchase agreements/leases.  We think this is going to change in the next 6 months. 

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Many community banks still struggle to repay TARP bailout funds

Many community banks still struggle to repay TARP bailout funds | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Five years after Washington bailed out more than 700 banks, the money has become a burden for more than 100 community banks that can't seem to repay it.
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There are over 350 banks doing business in California, perhaps 50 of them are still struggling to get their companies recapitalized and their TARP repaid.  But at least 300 healthy banks are now in a position to expand their lending and take on new business opportunities.

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Funds Are Gearing Up for General Solicitation of Accredited Investors -- Are You Ready?

Funds Are Gearing Up for General Solicitation of Accredited Investors -- Are You Ready? | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
We are about to enter a new world of investing I think it will democratize capital in some profound ways, which, I believe, in the long run, is good. Take incremental steps instead of leaping in. Time is on your side as this new opportunity evolves.
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Young Philanthropists And Social Entrepreneurs From 70 Countries Mobilize At The U.N. To Solve Global Challenges

Young Philanthropists And Social Entrepreneurs From 70 Countries Mobilize At The U.N. To Solve Global Challenges | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The Nexus Global Youth Summit on innovative philanthropy & social entrepreneurship  “introduces global leaders from business, philanthropy, non-profits, social enterprise and government” states Nexus co-founder Rachel Cohen-Gerrol.
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Obama enters impact investing arena with new program

Obama enters impact investing arena with new program | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The new National Impact Investment Initiative models public-private partnerships.
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Breaking Down the Impact Investing Dilemma | Green Money Journal

Breaking Down the Impact Investing Dilemma | Green Money Journal | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
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Good overview of impact investing. 

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New NREL Report Explores Solar Securitization | Renewable Energy Project Finance

New NREL Report Explores Solar Securitization | Renewable Energy Project Finance | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
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SolarCity Debuts Rooftop Solar Panel-Backed Bonds | Green Real Estate Investment content from National Real Estate Investor

SolarCity Debuts Rooftop Solar Panel-Backed Bonds | Green Real Estate Investment content from National Real Estate Investor | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
SolarCity has become the first U.S. company to offer bonds backed by rooftop solar panels, selling $54.4 million in a transaction that closed in mid-November.
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What does the future of real estate investing look like?  It looks green, with solar electricity leading the way.  Find out how Wiser Capital is enabling investors to put their money to good work.  

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President Obama Orders Federal Government to Boost Renewable Energy

President Obama Orders Federal Government to Boost Renewable Energy | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
The 500,000 buildings and 600,000 cars owned by the federal government will have to get greener
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Aim to hit 20% renewable energy by 2020.  

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A Ten Trillion Dollar Guide to Creating Solar Climate Wealth

A Ten Trillion Dollar Guide to Creating Solar Climate Wealth | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
If you’re a solar entrepreneur with a brilliant idea or product that will revolutionize the solar industry, or the wind industry…or any cleantech industry, here’s a tip: Buy, borrow, or steal Jigar Shah’s new book Creating Climate Wealth.
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Record Renewable Energy Transfers Illustrate Investors' Appetites, Utilities' Pain

Record Renewable Energy Transfers Illustrate Investors' Appetites, Utilities' Pain | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Wind farms and solar parks are changing hands at record rates, signaling both an increased taste for the assets among pension funds and hard times for utilities that are the biggest sellers.
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Read on to find out who is buying and who is selling. 

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Stem Offers Power-Storage Systems Using Solar Lease Model

Stem Offers Power-Storage Systems Using Solar Lease Model | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Stem Inc., a provider of energy-storage technology, is offering battery systems to commercial and industrial customers with no upfront costs by adapting a financing model that’s accelerated the installation of rooftop solar panels.
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Interesting to see storage technologies follow the successful leasing model from solar. 

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The 5 P's of Social Entrepreneurship

The 5 P's of Social Entrepreneurship | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Despite these challenges, the rugged, innovative, and creatively resourceful world of social entrepreneurship is growing by leaps and bounds.
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Passion. Purpose. Plan. Partner. Profit. 

Well said. 

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Tom Parker Makes Case for Foundations to Invest Locally Rather Than on Wall Street

Tom Parker Makes Case for Foundations to Invest Locally Rather Than on Wall Street | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
In new book, Hutton Parker Foundation president says '$100 million secret' is that local investment returns stronger dividends in the community
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Proud of this to share a hometown and business philosophy with this local family foundation. They are growing wealth while building community. 

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Renewable Energy Provides 14% of US Electrical Generation During First Half of 2013

Renewable Energy Provides 14% of US Electrical Generation During First Half of 2013 | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
According to the latest issue of the U.S.
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Bracing for the Cloud -- Digital Economy Requires Massive Amount of Electricity

Bracing for the Cloud  -- Digital Economy Requires Massive Amount of Electricity | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
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Electricity use is expanding due to our digital economy.  Investing in solar is a great way to help grow the economy while decreasing impacts.

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A Rock that Churns out Cash: Solar YieldCos

A Rock that Churns out Cash: Solar YieldCos | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
NRG Yield's recent IPO is casting a light on YieldCos, dividend-oriented companies that can help reduce the cost of capital for solar and other renewable energy projects.
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Why solar will be the next big investment mechanism.

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Cleantech Investments A Mixed Bag in 2Q13, But VCs Are Warming Up To Solar

Cleantech Investments A Mixed Bag in 2Q13, But VCs Are Warming Up To Solar | Sustainable Investing | Scoop.it
Investments in the renewable energy sector were a mixed bag during the second quarter of 2013, according to a trio of analyst reports and many of the same trends we've seen lately persist: the U.S.
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