Europeans Get Serious About America’s Offshore Wind Potential: ‘We Are Here for a Market’

When the plan for Cape Wind, America's first proposed offshore wind farm, was first unveiled in 2001, the offshore market didn't exist. There were only a handful of megawatts scattered around shallow waters of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

But over the next decade and a half, as Cape Wind was mired in a complicated NIMBY war, the Europeans got serious about putting wind turbines in the water. Today, Europe is home to nearly 13,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects across 10 countries, with 3,589 individual turbines connected to the grid.

With the commissioning of the Block Island

New Bill Could Kill PACE Financing if Approved, Industry Warns

Just as PACE programs have started to grow up, they’re getting hit with federal legislation that, if passed, could cripple future growth. At least that’s the industry's fear.

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing funds building efficiency upgrades and rooftop solar panels through loans that are paid off in tandem with property taxes. The popularity of such residential programs has grown dramatically in recent years and are now reaching close to $4 billion in transactions across 140,000 American homes, supporting 35,000 jobs.

By many measures, the programs, which are sponsored by state and local governments, are among the most successful energy-efficiency financing tools in

Wal-Mart, Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Turn Big-Box Stores Into Hybrid Electric Buildings

Advanced Microgrid Solutions has landed the world's largest retailer as a partner: Wal-Mart.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based startup announced it is working with the retail giant to install behind-the-meter batteries at stores to balance on-site energy and provide megawatts of flexibility to utilities, starting with 40 megawatt-hours of projects at 27 Southern California locations. 

Under the terms of the deal, “AMS will design, install and operate advanced energy storage systems" at the stores for no upfront cost, while providing grid services and on-site energy savings. The financing was made possible by partners such as Macquarie Capital, which pledged $200 million to the startup’s pipeline

Maryland Passes First-of-a-Kind Tax Credit for Residential and Commercial Storage

Maryland joined the ranks of early movers in the energy storage market by passing a storage tax credit with strong support in both houses of the legislature.

The measure provides for a 30 percent tax credit on the installed cost of a storage system, capped at $5,000 for residential and $75,000 for commercial projects. The total credits awarded cannot exceed $750,000 in a year, and the program will run from 2018 through 2022. That gives storage providers eight months to get ready for a brand new market opportunity.

The legislation now just needs the signature of Gov. Larry Hogan to become law. It

Clean energy investment numbers for the first quarter of 2017 show a mix of performances across the cleantech sector. 

Worldwide clean energy investments totaled $53.6 billion in the first quarter of this year, down 17 percent from the first quarter of 2016, and down 7 percent from the final quarter of last year, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). This downward trend comes after annual investments dropped by 18 percent from 2015 to 2016 -- from a record high of $348.5 billion to $287.5 billion for the year.

Offshore wind financings have been a big weak spot in early 2017, falling

Now That Tesla Is Worth More Than GM and Ford, Maybe Musk Can Fix His Absurd Parking Problem

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Tesla Wants to Fix the World’s Parking Problems -- Starting With Its Own

Looking for parking in an overstuffed parking lot could be its own special ring of purgatory. At Tesla’s factory in Fremont, 6,000 employees compete daily for 4,500 parking spots, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Ironically, some of the Tesla engineers who find themselves endlessly circling the employee parking lot each day are working on eventually solving the world’s parking problems through self-driving car technology. For them, self-parking cars couldn’t come sooner.

The daily frustration around parking drove one employee to start @teslaparkinglot, an Instagram account documenting bad behavior at the

The past year has seen four major national solar brands surrender. Sungevity and SunEdison declared bankruptcy, NRG scaled back to focus exclusively on commercial and utility scale solar, and SolarCity was brought under the Tesla umbrella. 

The retreat of these national players coincides with record growth and all-time highs across all sectors of the solar industry. Despite investor jitters and doomsday headlines, consumer demand for solar is increasing at an astonishing pace.

The problem plaguing the market is not demand, but how demand is being met.

Many articles have analyzed the cause of the current turmoil and what it means for the

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