solar industry

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

Written by Mark Liffmann


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


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


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


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