American Solar Direct Inc. Offering Home Solar Loans through Mosaic

"Homeowners seeking a home solar solution should be able to rely on a trusted company to provide a full suite of options and high-touch personal service"

Yingli Green Energy Completes 10 MW Solar Power Plant in China's Hebei Province

It will produce more than 12,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year, which will meet nearly one fifth of Fuping County's residential power demand.

Legendary Solar Entrepreneur Tom Dinwoodie Acquires Sunible Inc.

Domino and Sunible are joining forces to bring solar and other clean energy solutions to millions around the world and drastically reduce global carbon emissions.

Schneider Electric launches Conext Insight

A remote monitoring and asset management platform for distributed PV plants

New Study Touts Solar as ‘Investment Opportunity'

"The study concludes that solar is a "real opportunity for anyone looking to take greater control over their monthly utility bills and make a long-term, relatively low-risk investment."

Wind power: TÜV Rheinland certifies Ming Yang

Type certification for multi-megawatt wind turbine/IEC 61400-22 certification

Comverge Hits Milestone With Agreements to Deploy More Than 400,000 Two-Way Demand Management Devices

Comverge Devices Enable Two-Way Information Exchange Between Electric Utilities and Their Customers

Triodos Renewables Plc put even more wind in Scottish sails

Major turbines enter development in Aberdeenshire as Scotland continues to go with the wind.

GEM Energy completes energy upgrades for two 100-year-old downtown Toledo buildings

GEM Energy, of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has completed energy upgrades for two downtown Toledo buildings which will turn 100 years old this year – the Toledo School for the Arts and the Toledo Club.

Report: Forget Stocks, Invest In Solar Panels

From ThinkProgress:   A new study by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that in all but 4 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., installing a fully-financed 5 kilowatt solar panel system makes more financial sense than investing in a popular stock market index fund. Further, the same system would beat the costs of buying energy from local utilities in 42 of those 50 cities.   “(S)olar is now not just an option for the rich, but a real opportunity for anyone looking to take greater control over their monthly utility bills and make a long-term, relatively low-risk investment,” concludes the study which was done under funding by the U.S. Department of Energy.   A key qualifier in this good news study is that the benefits of installing residential solar photovoltaic systems are greatest when homeowners finance the systems (at an assumed annual interest rate of 5 percent) rather than buying them upfront. And the study does not investigate the availability of such loans. The study finds that in upfront purchases of solar, residents in just 14 out of the 50 largest U.S. cities would pay less for electricity than if they buy from their local utility. That upfront investment would be a better investment than the broad stock market index fund in 20 of the 50 cities.   Cont'd....

PVinsights : The weakening China domestic demand makes solar component prices deteriorate.

In the US, lots of Chinese solar panel makers are doing the serious price promotion to digest their inventories, especially for low efficiency products. In EU, in addition to the weakening EURO against the USD, the slow demand recovery in key European market keeps prices from agumenting.

Solar Market Predictions for 2015

IHS Technology analysts top 10 predictions for the 2015 global photovoltaic (PV) market

Training Program for Military Veterans to Maintain Growing Solar and EV Infrastructure

Rather than focus on any one particular technology, the EFST training course educates the participants about the common technologies and service requirements that touch multiple markets, most notably the solar and electric vehicle charging equipment infrastructure.

Case Study - 28kW Custom Carport in Frederick, MD

The PV Racking clamp-free rail was a great solution for this carport, as it helped to eliminate rain water leaking through the arrays in comparison to a traditional clamp-based system.

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments Acquires 300-MW Balko Wind from Apex Clean Energy

Balko Wind will comprise 162 GE 1.85-87 wind turbines and is expected to produce enough energy to power about 111,000 homes.

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