Last year, 200,000 residential solar systems were installed in the U.S. More than two-thirds of those systems were third-party financed through leases or power purchase agreements. But third-party financing is peaking. As solar costs come down, more consumers want to own their own systems and installers look for simpler options, a growing number of lenders are coming into the U.S. market with loan products. Will they rival leases and power purchase agreements? Not in the short term. But they are...

The beyond-the-grid industry (a term for off-grid applications in developing countries) has passed through several cycles of development and is entering a new stage of growth in 2015. This will be the year that supply-side capital and demand-side application meet in a more sophisticated way. Capital sources, including good term debt, are ramping up, and industry companies are becoming more savvy in their deployment approaches.   Last year, approximately $64 million in deals closed for beyond-the-grid players, setting a new record....