As a cap-and-trade bill was weaving its way through Congress in 2009, Washington, D.C. seemed to be the center of America’s climate and clean energy agenda. But when the bill failed, it fell to states to take action. Reflecting this shift, two charitable groups just announced they will provide $48 million in grant funding to accelerate the transition to clean energy at the state level. Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Heising-Simons family are donating equal amounts to the fund that will...

CNNMoneyOil boomtown: 'We could see 20000 layoffs by June'CNNMoneyOil prices have been sinking for months. And while that's good news for most Americans, what happens to towns like Williston, N.D., that have built an entire economy around the oil industry? The drop in crude prices, while beneficial for drivers, has ...

Oil fields at risk: Where the slowdown has begunCNBCU.S. oil production grew 49 percent between 2008 and 2013, as drillers improved productivity and tapped high-yield debt markets. But with their product fetching far less these days, exploration and production companies have slashed capital expenditure ...

CNBCIcahn: Oil will go lower, 'tremendous opportunity'CNBCThe price of oil will go lower as supply and demand remain unbalanced, activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday. Icahn, who spoke with CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report," said that Saudi Arabia's decision not to cut oil production blindsided the ...Oil drop a 'great opportunity' but don't rush in now: Icahn

The noted solar energy project developer First Solar is taking the logical next step forward, with regard to its online presence, with the launch of a comprehensive Energy Capacity Assessment Tool. The tool is currently being showcased at the 2015 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The assessment tool represents the first of its First Solar Launching PV Project Assessment Application, First In Industry was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:...

It looks as though BMW intends to make good on its threat to Tesla’s current dominance in the American luxury electric vehicle (EV) market, based on a recent announcement made at the 2015 Washington Auto Show. The company made the interesting reveal there that it was partnering with ChargePoint and Volkswagen to create extensive fast-changing BMW + Volkswagen + ChargePoint Announce Fast-Charging Network was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ |...

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was the site of a preview for a new VW plug-in hybrid mid-size SUV. Called the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept, it is a blend of the CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupe concepts. If all this talk about concept cars means nothing to you, the Cross Coupe is going to be VW Plug-in Hybrid Mid-Size SUV Seen At Detroit Auto Show was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:...

If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings (for more than $6 billion), it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of Washington, D.C., a new analysis argues. Washington, D.C. wants to be at the forefront of energy sustainability issues. It has a long-term, twenty-year goal of making renewable energy 50 percent of its energy mix and cutting citywide energy use by half. “These existing policies and objectives are in direct contradiction to the stated policies and...

A new mobile application (app) allowing users to access near-live satellite maps of solar and wind energy resources in the UAE (as well as elsewhere) was recently developed by the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, according to a recent email sent to CleanTechnica. The Mobile App For Accessing Solar + Wind Energy Satellite Resource Maps Developed By Masdar was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join...

Will Solar See More Consolidation?

Published - Jan 22, 2015

Tumbling oil prices will maintain pressure on the solar industry to consolidate by drying up investor interest in building new factories, according to an executive who just carried out a $1.2 billion merger.

We are seeing more and more developers structuring deals with floating, instead of fixed, power purchase agreements (PPAs) meaning that the value of the PPA is tied to electricity rates. Developers like to pitch floating PPAs to host customers because they guarantee a certain percentage discount from their utility prices each month. But while the h

Global oil majors say they are demanding cheaper but better services from engineering and service companies, or simply taking work back in-house.