solar industry

Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability

Written by Mark Liffmann

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I often hear complaints that solar tradeshows aren’t offering much that is new and exciting—but I beg to differ. Every year I see trends emerging—trends that are often overlooked until months after the show. Intersolar North America was no exception. This … Continued

Infographic: Keeping Track of Solar

Written by Scott Tewel

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2013 saw record-breaking solar growth in the U.S.—an increase of 41% over 2012—and 2014 is expected to see even larger gains. With more than 440,000 solar electric systems operating across the U.S. today, keeping track of these distributed resources is … Continued

2014 solar trends episode 3: Solar Financing – A New Hope

Written by Mark Liffmann

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Financing has been with solar since its earliest days. Before the lease and the power purchase agreement (PPA), residential solar customers would often purchase systems with cash. Cash payments are a form of financing, as the customer is choosing to … Continued

Reflections on SPI: 3 signs the solar industry is maturing

Written by Mark Liffmann

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Each year, Solar Power International (SPI) gives us the opportunity to take stock of the U.S. solar industry. This year’s event, held in Chicago Oct. 21-24, was no different. The 2013 version of “North America’s premier business-to-business event for professionals in … Continued