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Solar Freight Train Builds Momentum

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 01.18.2017 | Green
Thomas P. Kimbis

In some ways, 2016 was a remarkable year as much as for what didn't happen in solar as for what did. It was the year projected as the last for federal...

Donald Trump Could Slow Clean Energy's Hard-Won Progress

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business

On the face of it, a Donald Trump presidency would not be good for the renewable energy industry. The infamously fact-averse Republican nominee has ca...

Solyndra's Fall was Great for Solar, Just Ask Henry Ford

Brad Mattson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Brad Mattson

Why is there so much investment and M&A activity in an industry plagued by bankruptcy? The answer is that solar energy is now on a growth path that will make it the energy story of the 21st century. How could bankruptcy lead to such fantastic growth? I say it all started with Solyndra.

Big Utilities Want In On The Residential Solar Industry

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green

Oct 22 (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. ...

Solar Company Sungevity Celebrates $1.5 Million Raised For Nonprofits

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green

Sungevity, Inc., a company created to allow homeowners to design their own solar power systems through an online process, announced Wednesday that the...

Hypocrisy and Cronyism in the 'Sunshine' State

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Florida ranks third in the nation for solar potential, but is currently not in the top 10 solar-producing states.

"Conservatives Don't Like Taxes" and Other Lessons on Running for Office (from a 27-year-old Oklahoman Who Couldn't)

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Brian Holton Henderson

Politicians like Mike Turner willfully sling about phrases like "the big hand of government" and "despotic solar subsidies" while ignoring the fact that increasing numbers of conservatives are adamantly pro-solar.

This State Has A Third Of The Nation's Solar Jobs

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green

California is home to nearly one-third of the nation’s solar industry jobs, with almost five times the number as any other state, according to a rep...

Blue Collar Robots Steal Green Jobs

William S. Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
William S. Becker

There's good news and bad news these days for the solar energy industry and its workers. The good news: Some enterprising companies are planning to re...

Solar Customers Get Burned In Hawaii

Civil Beat | Sophie Cocke | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green

HONOLULU - If you feel a twinge of resentment each time you pay your electricity bill each month, imagine how you’d feel if you had to pay it twice ...

Bad News For The Solar Industry

San Jose Mercury News | Dana Hull | Posted 02.11.2013 | San Francisco

SAN MATEO -- In a worrisome sign for the cleantech sector, SolarCity postponed its IPO plans late Tuesday, perhaps to reduce the price of shares below...

Solar Services Usher in New Business Model for Power

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

Installing solar panels yourself still costs $25,000 -- an amount that takes years to pay back -- instead companies are now selling "solar services."

Aude Lorriaux

A Thousand Cuts: Austerity Budget Brought Down A Solar Industry | Aude Lorriaux | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series on the global impact of austerity -- "A Thousand Cuts" -- from affordable housing funds lost in San F...

Bringing Solar Manufacturing Back

Usha Haley | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Usha Haley

The U.S. created the solar industry, yet today, China accounts for three-fifths of the world's solar-panel production and exports 95 percent of its production. Against this backdrop, an epic battle is occurring.

Why Most U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Are Gone Forever: The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times | MERRILL GOOZNER | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

The day after the State of the Union Address, President Obama visited a Phoenix suburb to tour Intel’s still-under-construction computer chip manufa...

Lucia Graves

China's Solar Subsidies: Growing The Industry Could Mean Throwing American Manufacturers Under The Bus | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This fall Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) drew indignant headlines when he said "we can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind t...

U.S. Solar Industry Goes To Mat Against China

Posted 12.19.2011 | Green

From EarthTechling's Pete Danko: SolarWorld Industries America is taking on alleged illegal solar subsidies by China, asking the Obama administrati...

Jordan Howard

Solar Industry In Need Of Support | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Clean energy advocates have long looked to solar power as a way to break the country's dependence on foreign oil. However, the cost of o...

Solyndra: Will We Learn From Science?

James M. Gentile | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

The key question that is being missed -- and that should be asked now -- is whether the federal government will approach this failure as politicians or as scientists.