Finance

Metrology matters: An interview with Vaisala’s Gwendalyn Bender

Interview: Financiers are cautious. They would rather not finance a project than risk their investment in betting on the weather. As a result, many promising projects are not realized. Gwendalyn Bender, Vaisalas Product Manager for Solar Assessment Services explains how to reduce uncertainty and improve financing probabilities and conditions.

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Spruce raises $445 million investment for 2017 projects

Spruce Finance, which provides consumer financing for residential solar and energy efficiency projects, has raised a total of $445 million in tax equity and project debt transactions to support its activities in 2017.

Silicon Ranch raises $55 million in equity financing

The latest round of financing brings the total raised in 2016 to $165 million, which allows the company to pursue an aggressive growth strategy moving forward.

Enel acquires U.S. storage company Demand Energy

Through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Italian multinational Enel Group has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Demand Energy, a U.S. company specializing in intelligent software and storage systems.

BNEF: Global solar investment fell 32% in 2016

While much of this decline is due to lower system costs, it was a difficult year for the solar industry despite a 20% growth in installation capacity.

Mercom: Total solar corporate funding falls 64% in 2016

It was not a pretty year for solar finance, but some sectors remained unscathed.

Brookfield bids to take over TerraForm Power, Global on the cheap

The Canadian asset manager’s latest offer is in line with TerraForm’s early January deadline for bids, and includes both buy-out and sponsorship options.

Sunrun partners with National Grid to spread solar

The agreement includes a direct investment of $100 million by the utility to fund 200 MW of solar projects across the installer’s national portfolio.

Third-party solar proves less popular in installer survey

The latest data from online solar marketplace provider EnergySage echoes other national trends in finding that installers are increasingly moving back to cash purchases, especially at smaller companies.

China continues dominance of global renewable energy

A new report examines China’s clean energy investments, which go well beyond its borders, as well as its increasing dominance of PV production and lithium ion processing.

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