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New SEIA Report Finds "America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts”

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is out with its Solar Means Business 2017 report, which finds that “America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts.” That shouldn’t be surprising for those of us who follow the solar industry, but still, it’s good to see it confirmed by SEIA. 

Topics: Clean Economy

Energy Storage: Unlocking the Key to a Cleaner, More Reliable U.S. Power Grid

Energy storage is a central, even crucial, component in the transition to a clean energy economy. As PV magazine states in a recent article:

Topics: Clean Economy

Latest Developments as Global Wind Capacity Set to Double by 2027

A lot is going on in the booming wind power industry these days. Greentech Media reported on April 9 that “Global wind capacity is set to double by 2027, driven by a rush to capture tax subsidies in the U.S., the rise of emerging markets, and a coming surge for offshore wind.” In short, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the wind power industry, with positive news almost everywhere you look. For instance:

Topics: Clean Economy

Utilities Increasingly Pledging to Move Towards Cleaner Power Mix

On April 9, PV Magazine reported some potentially significant news coming out of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future Energy Summit. Southern Company CEO, Thomas A. Fanning announced that the company will transition to “low-to-no-carbon electricity sources by 2050.”

Topics: Clean Economy

How to Solve Cleantech’s (All-Too-Common) Marketing Paradox

One of the great things about my job is talking to cleantech companies with cutting-edge technology, data-driven execution and great management.  

But it’s surprising how many of those companies build legacy marketing communications into their approach for engaging customer prospects.

Topics: Marketing & Communications

Recent Developments in the Booming Area of Battery Energy Storage

There's a lot going on these days in the booming cleantech area of battery storage -- a crucial part of the transition to a fully clean energy economy.  Here are a few recent stories that caught our eyes.
Topics: Clean Economy

2018 Set To Be a Banner Year For Energy Storage

A new report published last week by GTM Research and the Washington, D.C.-based Energy Storage Association reveals a bullish forecast for the energy storage industry in the year ahead.

Topics: Clean Economy

Polling Finds that Millennials Want Clean Energy, Climate Action

new poll by the Alliance for Market Solutions, as highlighted by ThinkProgress, finds overwhelming support for taking climate action. According to the poll of 800 registered voters age 18-35:

Topics: Clean Economy

Corporations Broadening their Approach to Buying Clean Energy

Following passage of tax cut legislation at the end of 2017, Greentech Media reports, "Much of the conversation in clean energy circles..has revolved around a potential shrinking of the tax equity market -- which accounts for between 40 percent and 60 percent of finance for individual solar and wind projects -- because of the reduction in value of renewables credits." According to Greentech Media, however, it appears that - so far at least -  corporate America is showing "continued interest in direct renewables investments." 

Topics: Clean Economy

U.S. Offshore Wind Gaining Momentum by the Gigawatt

For many years, the U.S. treaded water as it watched Europe race ahead on offshore wind power (OSW). But in 2018, the clean energy sector is surging with gigawatts (literally) on this side of the Atlantic. Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware, captures it well in a new column at Renewable Energy World. Here are a few items from that commentary and elsewhere that caught our eyes:

Topics: Clean Economy