Last week, Crius Energy, a large independent energy retailer, acquired the newly-bankrupt California solar installer Verengo. That's the latest move by Crius in its steady march into the solar industry. Verengo was founded in 2008 by Randy Bishop and Ken Button and at one point had more than 1,000 employees. Armed with equity funding from… Continue reading Crius Moves Deeper Into Residential Solar With Acquisition of Bankrupt Verengo
This month, Edisun Microgrids launched the PV Booster dual-axis tracker solution for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops in advance of Solar Power International. With PV Booster, each rooftop PV module tracks the sun independently using an integrated light sensor, increasing energy production by an estimated 30 percent over a typical fixed-tilt system. While PV Booster adds… Continue reading Does Your Commercial Rooftop Project Need a Dual-Axis Tracker?
Recharge: Solar a 'Scary' Competitor to Wind in Growth Markets, Says Nordex CEO Solar is becoming a “scary” competitor for the wind industry, particularly in many of the emerging markets that turbine suppliers are counting on for growth, said Nordex chief executive Lars Bondo Krogsgaard yesterday. “One of the biggest challenges wind energy will have in… Continue reading Wind Executive Worries About Competition From Cheap Solar: ‘It’s Quite Scary From Our Perspective’
It’s a new era for the solar industry. Today, technology innovation extends well beyond the solar panel to the entire system, which companies like SunPower believe is key to helping solar become a leading energy source. Last week, SunPower launched its third-generation Oasis platform for large-scale solar projects at the company’s new research and development… Continue reading SunPower Reinvents Large-Scale Solar Plants With Drones, Robots and Tomatoes
Climate Central: The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million. That all… Continue reading Climate One-Two Punch: During the Hottest Year Ever, the World May Never Return Below 400ppm CO2
Last night, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off on the presidential debate stage — coming face-to-face for the first time in the campaign. Almost immediately, the candidates debated over energy and climate change. Clinton started with a direct swing at Trump’s climate denial and dismissive comments on renewables. “Some country is going to be the clean-energy… Continue reading Donald Trump’s Energy Delusion
Organic solar-cell builder Heliatek just raised $90 million in equity, debt and subsidies in a funding round reminiscent of the enormous solar hardware VC investments made in the last decade. Can an entirely new organic solar-cell (OSC) material be successfully commercialized in an unforgiving solar market dominated by cheap crystalline silicon and First Solar? Heliatek… Continue reading Heliatek Raises $90M From EU Investors for Roll-to-Roll Organic Solar Cells