Solar Philanthropy? Five Groups Using Solar to End Energy Poverty

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Approximately 1.3 billion people live without regular access to energy. People are forced to use fuels that pollute and cause respiratory illnesses, like kerosene and biomass, and spend long hours time collecting fuel. It is a glo… Full Article

First Solar Road to Profits Amid Red for Global Industry

by Christopher Martin, Bloomberg | July 31, 2012 |

First Solar Inc. Chairman Mike Ahearn has found the best way to make money from photovoltaics is to sell whole power plants to Warren Buffett and NextEra Energy Inc. instead of competing with China on panel sales. Full Article

A123 Systems: An Object Lesson In Toxic Financing

by John Petersen, Contributor | July 31, 2012 |

July has been a ghastly month for stockholders of A123 Systems (AONE) who’ve watched in horror as the stock price collapsed from $1.30 on July 5th to $0.49 at Friday’s close. While there was unfavorable news of a director resignat… Full Article


On the Edge of the Subsidy Cliff: Will the US PTC Expire?

by Steve Leone, Associate Editor, | July 31, 2012 |

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is persistent by nature. He’s a mountain climber who has scaled some of the world’s most daunting peaks, from Mount McKinley in Alaska to Mount Aconcagua in the Andes. That dogged pursuit has served him… Full Article


A “Third Way” Approach for U.S.-China Solar Trade

by Ron Kenedi, Contributor | July 30, 2012 |

Last October, SolarWorld led a U.S. manufacturer coalition that asserted trade law violations by Chinese makers of solar cells. The coalition’s filing with the Department of Commerce led to significant tariffs being levied on sola… Full Article

Wal-Mart Beating Ikea, Apple in U.S. Solar Panel Installations

by Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg | July 30, 2012 |

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, has installed more than 150 U.S. solar projects and expects to have as much as 90 megawatts of capacity by year-end, more than Ikea Group and Apple Inc. Full Article

UK Marine Energies to Benefit from Increased Renewable Obligation Certificate Allowance

by Michael Harris, Online Editor, | July 30, 2012 |

The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to increasing the deployment of renewable energy by more than doubling the number of renewable obligation certificates it grants some marine energy technologies, the UK’s Department… Full Article