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Scaling up investment in developing nations to reduce the hardships of climate change poses many challenges. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, an international forum for improving social and economic policies, produced a report exploring this urgent situation in Read more…


Investment in solar projects in the United States has largely been the purview of large financial institutions with the tax appetite to utilize the investment tax credit, thus favoring larger solar projects. Now, with innovative financing structures, high net-worth individuals Read more…


A little more than two years since it was launched in Riverside County, the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) financing program is on the verge of an expansion that will take it into 70% of California’s cities. “The past two Read more…


The efficiency industry, driven largely in 2013 by intelligent innovations such as energy management software and virtual audits, will face financing, big data, education and accountability hurdles this year, according to a survey of executives by GTM Research.


Every year, American building owners lose billions of dollars as they overpay for energy to power their lighting, heating, and cooling systems, as energy is wasted in obsolete equipment or leaks out of a porous building envelope. The right energy Read more…


Khosla Ventures recently led a round of $5 million in financing for Bidgely, a smart grid start-up that “disaggregates” data from a customer’s smart meter. Now, for instance, household members can be told, “That old refrigerator is costing you $148 Read more…


Commercial and industrial property owners in Stamford can now make their buildings more energy efficient thanks to the city’s new partnership with a clean energy group. “I have no doubt the city will help lead the state going forward in Read more…


Marketing is an essential ingredient for the success of energy efficiency finance. But too often, finance and efficiency experts focus on technical and financial issues and underestimate the importance of marketing. Using best practices in marketing is necessary to drive Read more…


Due to popular demand, the City of Phoenix, through a partnership with the National Bank of Arizona and Paramount Solar, is expanding a city-sponsored residential solar financing program. Solar Phoenix 2 allows qualified homeowners in the APS and SRP utility Read more…


While at most conferences on solar energy, people talk about the BoS (Balance of System), at the SOCAP 12 conference held last week in San Francisco, it was all about the lessons learned from the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid)—or Read more…


Financing issues remain a problem in solar market growth. While third-party PPAs have become widely accessible and transformed residential and larger commercial sectors, funding still remains a real bottleneck for the small commercial market niche. To explore solutions, Vote Solar Read more…


On-bill repayment has received a great deal of attention during the last few years as a potential approach to expanding the reach of energy efficiency financing in the residential and commercial sectors. With on-bill repayment, utilities or third-party lenders cover Read more…


A vast gap exists between the detailed information financial institutions need to support energy efficiency financing and the limited data they currently have. Several examples suggest these loan programs can succeed, but there are no large datasets supporting investment in Read more…


How do you consume electricity in your home? For many households, this isn’t a question often considered. The question “How much do you spend on electricity?” resonates more with households and bill payers. Most people need an easy and actionable Read more…

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