Long relegated to the margins of the wind industry, vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) could get a new lease of life on floating platforms.

Swedish firm SeaTwirl has been making waves recently with its floating offshore VAWT design, including the announcement this week that it has secured a patent in China, expected to be the world's largest offshore wind market within a few years.

The patent, also approved recently the U.S. according to SeaTwirl, is for a design that would allow the generator and bearing housing to be replaced just above the water surface by boat, cutting the cost of installation and maintenance and minmizing

Democrats came together last week to present a united front on tackling climate change, but will it matter before 2020?

Political Climate speaks with Representative Cathy Castor (FL-D) on the passage of HR 9, the first meaningful climate change bill to pass the House of Representatives in nearly a decade. We find out why passing a bill to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate agreement was an important political move, despite zero chance of getting it past the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper” Mitch McConnell.

In this episode we also revisit the scuffle between Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and the youth-led climate activist group The Sunrise

Solar manufacturer and developer SunPower reported continued losses in the first quarter of 2019. The down quarter comes amid a restructuring effort that’s shifted SunPower's development efforts away from utility-scale solar and toward distributed residential and commercial solar opportunities, as well as energy storage. 

SunPower’s first-quarter results included:

  • Non-GAAP revenue of $411.6 million, compared to of $525.4 million in the fourth quarter and $399 million in the same quarter last year
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $57.4 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, more than double the $28.2 million net loss from the same quarter last year.
  • Non-GAAP revenues of $241.7

Solar loans emerged as the dominant consumer finance product in 2018, according to new data.

Solar loans now claim a 45 percent share of the residential market, while third-party ownership (TPO) has fallen to its lowest point since 2011 at a 33 percent market share.

A new residential solar finance report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables found that Mosaic maintained its position as the top solar loan provider last year, claiming a quarter of the loan market. The report notes that the ITC stepdown will give TPO providers an edge in the early 2020s and likely foster increasing competition in the solar

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