As other markets around the world mature, investors are turning to Mexico and its potentially enormous, as-yet untapped, solar market for growth. Multinational companies are champing at the bit to participate in a market so rife with possibilities, with its ideal insolation and low operating costs.

Recently, the government, which controls the energy sector in the country, has proposed new laws that will significantly liberalize the energy sector. The private sector supports the proposals, providing a counterbalance to the current vested interests. Potential investors have argued... Read More

It’s easy to get caught up in the way national energy policy affects the solar industry, but state policy is even more important. After all, what happens in the states can have a direct effect on solar expansion.

To keep the solar industry growing, there are two state policies that we believe will do just that:

-Net-metering: This mechanism (currently in place in 43 states and the District of Columbia) allows consumers to sell excess electricity back to the utility at a fixed rate, which offsets a portion of consumers’ bills. Where it has been implemented, net-... Read More

Greentech Media’s Solar Summit 2015 (#GTMSS2015) brought together over 500 of solar’s brightest. The solar summit tends to be a bit different than many other conferences since the focus is on data and research, rather than products and services. The event kicked off with Shayle Kann of Greentech Media, who broke down the current state of the solar market and with some sharp analyses.

Utility Scale Solar Costs Decline and Offtakers Base Grows

Utility scale solar is now consistently below $70/MWh and is being installed around the world at rates that match this new price, which shows... Read More

As the solar news is fill up with news of new financial vehicles acquiring solar (and now wind) projects with the promise of lower cost of capital. The headlines highlight the large portfolios and enormous projects that are taking advantage of the equity but how does this affect the solar industry as a whole is an open questions. But it the benefit of low cost of capital are not reserved to those that become the ultimate owner of solar assets – each of us can benefit.

At the Infocast conference in San Diego last November, panelists spanning developers, investors and lawyers... Read More

As Investors are crossing international borders, the big global solar companies are often looking for partnerships with local firms to navigate the ins and outs of a new location. This direct investment in the newly emerging solar markets takes many forms, from finding reliable subcontractors to joint development and M&A activity.

As a local firm, what can you do to make yourself more attractive to these companies? Here’s a checklist of basic requirements:

• If you’re not a solar contractor already, be prepared to show how your skills will translate.

Are you a... Read More

The solar industry in the United States has boomed for the past five years. For some, the pending ITC expiration in 2016 has cast a pall over 2015. But we believe handwringing is overrated. Here are three solar trends that should gladden your hearts this year:

1. PACE financing will revolutionize the commercial-project market.

Utility-scale solar projects find financing easily. Ditto the residential market (big corporations have figured it out). The commercial sector, however, is still struggling to find the money to complete projects.

Small-commercial... Read More