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Colorado is expanding its energy assistance efforts to make solar electricity available to more low-income households. The state is using a systematic approach that experts say could be a "clear roadmap" for other states.

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The fund seeks to develop more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China.

Apple announced earlier this year that it has officially achieved its 100 percent renewable energy goal. But the tech giant’s climate action plan did not stop there.

Today, Apple announced a new clean energy investment fund in China that seeks to develop more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy — or the equivalent of powering nearly 1 million homes.

Over the next four years, Apple and 10 initial suppliers will jointly invest nearly $300 million in the China Clean Energy Fund. The first-of-its kind investment vehicle is designed to connect suppliers with renewable energy resources, which is a particularly challenging process for smaller companies.

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How can the solar industry better serve window shoppers?

Solar installers invest significant time and resources into educating their potential customers. And it can be a truly frustrating experience when all that effort doesn’t eventually translate into a sale.

We’ve heard it all: consumers are “fence sitters," “tire kickers” and “window shoppers.” In fact, one of the most common laments we hear from solar installers is about how often prospective customers ask lots of questions only to go silent after several conversations.

As solar evolves into a more mass-market product for American homeowners in the coming years, it’s time for us all to acknowledge a simple fact: today’s “window shoppers” are tomorrow’s customers.

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Distributed energy companies are breathing a sigh of relief in California.

California regulators have stepped in to rescue one of the state’s biggest utility pilot projects, aimed at bridging the gap between experimental and full-scale rollout of distributed energy resources as a grid resource. 

On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to approve an alternative decision on Southern California Edison’s 125-megawatt Preferred Resources Pilot, or PRP — one that will allow the long-delayed contracts to move forward, rather than be scrapped. 

Thursday’s alternative decision, written by CPUC President Michael Picker, was largely seen as a welcome correction to a proposed decision in March that would have canceled the contracts on the grounds that they

A California utility gets serious about all-electric buildings.

California has been a leader in building energy efficiency since the late 1970s, but state officials readily acknowledge that much more can be done to decarbonize buildings.

The California Energy Commission (CEC), the agency responsible for updating the state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is beginning a concerted push toward zero-emission buildings. The CEC hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop on the topic last month.

As it happens, a team at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been doing some deep thinking about zero-emission buildings. SMUD has amassed practical experience in the area, as Greentech Media reported last month, by offering rebates

We take a ride through the history of audacious EV startup Better Place.

Dozens of companies across solar, batteries and biofuels have imploded over the years. But it's hard to match the spectacular implosion of Better Place five years ago.

Better Place rose to fame in 2007, pulling in nearly $1 billion of venture capital by promising to put millions of cheap electric cars and battery switching stations on roads around the world. It fell nearly as quickly into bankruptcy after a series of poor decisions, market twists and bitter internal disputes.

A new book on the company's history, Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, Big Oil and the World,

A California utility gets serious about all-electric buildings.

California has been a leader in building energy efficiency since the late 1970s, but state officials readily acknowledge that much more can be done to decarbonize buildings.

The California Energy Commission (CEC), the agency responsible for updating the state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, is beginning a concerted push toward zero-emission buildings. The CEC hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop on the topic last month.

As it happens, a team at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been doing some deep thinking about zero-emission buildings. SMUD has amassed practical experience in the area, as Greentech Media reported last month, by offering rebates

The move will put the company into conflict with new and larger adversaries.

SolarEdge has moved into the utility-scale inverter market as a new growth opportunity.

The Israeli manufacturer of solar inverters paired with DC optimizers has established a dominant position in the residential solar market in the U.S. and elsewhere. From there, the company entered the commercial and industrial segment, and now it is diving into utility-scale solar.

“There are more and more ground mount projects with SolarEdge around the world,” said Lior Handelsman, co-founder and VP of marketing and product strategy, in an interview at Intersolar this week. “The high-level goal is to make that a significant portion of our revenue, without making the other segments smaller.”

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