US-China solar trade dispute could significantly impact booming solar industry

In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute (via Solar Feeds) In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices… … [Read more...]

Investment bank believes Tesla might not be the car company of the future; it might just be the future

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“Tesla’s quest to disrupt a trillion $ car industry offers an adjacent opportunity to disrupt a trillion $ electric utility industry. If it can be a leader in commercializing battery packs, investors may never look at Tesla the same way again.” “Might we one day look back at Tesla’s humble beginnings as simply a car maker much as Amazon began as a book seller?” These two quotes come from a … [Read more...]

Finding a green dividend yield

Finding Green Dividend Yield (via Solar Feeds) In the vexing world of low interest rates that we now live in, a promising realm is opening up to alternative energy investors. Two recent IPOs have broadened the dividend investment field for green investors, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure… … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

Solum, an agriculture technology company, announced that Monsanto Company (MON) has acquired Solum’s soil science business, which will be operated by Monsanto’s subsidiary The Climate Corporation. Solum Inc. also changed its name to Granular Inc. and launched a new cloud business software and analytics offering for farmers. The Granular platform, which was in stealth development in 2013, is now … [Read more...]

States are developing policies to take advantage of the fast growing community solar market

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By all accounts, the growth of solar in the US over the past few years has been remarkable. Two-thirds of total solar capacity has been installed just since 2011 alone. According to Greentech Media and SEIA’s U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the trend will continue as the US expects to install over 5,300 megawatts over the course of 2014. One only needs to look at the recent increase value of … [Read more...]

Online platform to help corporations make business case for valuing natural capital

41 Global Companies Aim to Spur Corporate Action with New Online Platform Linking Nature with Business Benefits (via PR Newswire) New Natural Capital Business Hub offers a searchable database of case studies and resources to help companies evaluate the business case for action on natural capital. PHOENIX, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unveiled at the 6th Annual GreenBiz… … [Read more...]

New analysis demonstrates China’s path towards renewable future

Groundbreaking analysis shows China's renewable energy future within reach (via World Wildlife Fund) Washington, D.C. – By embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal, according to a new report from WWF-US. As… … [Read more...]

A new cryptocurrency backed by solar energy

This Cryptocurrency is Backed by Solar Energy (via Ecopreneurist) Cryptocurrency, sometimes referred to as digital currency or alternative currency, has been making waves in the news lately, mostly due to the rapid rise in value of Bitcoin. But there are other cryptocurrencies out there that are less well-known, including… … [Read more...]

Venture Capital and Cleantech weekly update

OPower, a provider of energy efficiency and smart grid software, has filed a confidential draft IPO registration, according to The Wall Street Journal. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have been picked to lead the offering. OPower has raised over $65 million in VC funding from firms like New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Opower’s confidential … [Read more...]

Assessments of ‘Climate Risk’ continue to make headlines, but efforts still woefully short

Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The issue of climate risk continues to grab the attention of investors as key investor groups, pension funds and financial institutions try and push the issue to the forefront. At the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos gathering, there were 23 dedicated events over four days on climate change. This prominence reflects the recognition at the top rungs of the Forum that action has to ramp up in … [Read more...]