Dark clouds portend challenging 2012 and beyond for America’s renewable energy industries

Be sure to gauge the tall hurdles American renewable energy industries face in 2012 and beyond here which I wrote for my colleagues and friends at EnergyCentral.com and their daily e-newsletter at RenewablesBiz.com.

Solyndra is 1.4% of U.S. energy loan guarantee portfolio, program default rate is less than 4%

For all the energy challenges facing the U.S. and Congress’ unwillingness to tackle real problems, the Republican-led probe of the Solyndra loan and its grilling of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu Nov. 17 by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation speaks volumes about its misplaced priorities. The $535 million Department of Energy […]

China’s solar strength raising the stakes for U.S. companies backed by government loans, guarantees; Evergreen Solar, Solyndra are latest victims

The closures of two U.S. solar energy pioneers during the past month speak volumes about the high stakes when governments place bets on clean energy start-ups. Evergreen Solar and Solyndra are the latest examples. More are likely to come as the industry endures a shakeout and struggles to find a sustainable path vis a vis […]

PACE home loan programs get fresh ‘shot’ in the arm – from a ‘Tea Party’ ally no less

Before the mortgage industry beat back efforts by local jurisdictions to deploy Property Assessed Clean Energy home loans in 2009 in Maryland and other states, this voluntary vehicle for financing home energy efficiency upgrades (known as “PACE”) appealed to many Republicans, Democrats and Independents. But inadequately-informed lawmakers, a forceful lobbying campaign by mortgage lenders and […]

Securities tied to PPAs could unleash trillions to fund large-scale solar, wind projects

Power purchase agreements, where individuals and organizations can own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on someone else’s rooftop, have the potential to supply billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars of much-needed capital. The need is growing more acute in the U.S. as the Section 1603 Treasury Grant program is due to expire on December 31, 2011 and […]