People in developing nations used pay-as-you-go services to purchase more than $41 million in small-scale, off-grid solar products in the latter half of 2016.

The number of PAYGO transactions, as they are known, is actually probably far higher, according to the latest semi-annual report from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

This is the first report where GOGLA has separated out PAYGO from cash payments, which still make up the bulk of purchases. Globally, people spent about $114 million in cash on products such as solar lanterns and micro-home solar systems in the same period. Single lights with a phone charger make up about half

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Online articles reignite a long-standing dispute between competing industries
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A long-running feud between the fiberglass and cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection. industries has broken out in a new round of mudslinging, drawing a public rebuke from an agency that oversees truth and accuracy in advertising.

The latest spat started with the publication of three online articles that challenge the performance claims for cellulose while suggesting that the insulation, made mostly from newspaper, is a potential fire and safety hazard.

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People in developing nations used pay-as-you-go services to purchase more than $41 million in small-scale, off-grid solar products in the latter half of 2016.

The number of PAYGO transactions, as they are known, is actually probably far higher, according to the latest semi-annual report from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

This is the first report where GOGLA has separated out PAYGO from cash payments, which still make up the bulk of purchases. Globally, consumers spent about $114 million in cash on products such as solar lanterns and residential micro-solar systems in the same period. Single lights with a phone charger make up about half of

The U.S. solar market nearly doubled last year. From 30,000 feet, it's a spectacular view.

Along with soaring 95 percent, solar actually became the largest source of new generating capacity in 2016 -- beating gas and wind.

Take a look.

But come down closer to earth, and the view changes drastically.

Public companies are watching their valuations tumble, and investors are taking their money elsewhere. With residential companies restructuring and manufacturers under severe pricing pressure, it's hard to see how the trend will reverse anytime soon.

But if installation volumes are so high in the U.S. and around the world, why

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