For solar installers, not securing assets could darken future collections

By Suzie Neff, senior account executive at CT Lien Solutions America is the midst of a green energy revolution. Every day, more businesses and consumers are opting for clean, efficient solar power as their electricity provider of choice. As a result, solar installation is booming. However, while solar installers (often small, independently owned contractors) may

Ask the legal expert: Solar installer advice

Have some legal questions about solar? Stephen A. Kisker, chair of Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi‘s Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group, tackles a few frequently asked questions below. Leave us a comment with any questions you have, and we’ll try to find the right answers!   What is the scope of the installer’s warranty? Does it cover components that

Solar Permitting Guidebook Provides Strategies for California Home Installations

A new guidebook outlining ways for California cities and counties to make permit processing and inspections for home rooftop solar electric systems quicker and more uniform is now available from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Increasing solar energy adoption is a key component for many local jurisdictions in achieving goals for energy efficiency, greenhouse

SEIA Responds To Department Of Commerce Solar Tariff Decision

On July 25, 2014, the Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the anti-dumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China and Taiwan. For the purpose of AD investigations, dumping occurs when a foreign comp any sells a product in the United States at less than its

WTO Ruling On Case DS436: US Violated Global Trade Rules

On Monday, July 14, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel upheld a complaint from China that the United States had violated trade rules when it imposed punitive anti-subsidy duties on solar equipment in 2012. The WTO panel issued a report in the case “United States – Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products

SMA And Danfoss Enter Into Partnership

SMA Solar Technology and Danfoss recently signed a contract to enter into a close strategic partnership. The goal is to sustainably strengthen their cost positions through economies of scale and joint development initiatives. According to the plans announced in February, Danfoss will acquire 20% of SMA’s outstanding shares and sell its entire solar inverter business

There’s A New Way To Guarantee Your Solar Project Goes Smoothly

  The U.S. Energy Information Agency calls the future of solar bright, projecting that it will be the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States until 2035. Still, as the number of building owners and sustainability officers looking to incorporate solar into their facilities grows, many still find pulling the trigger easier said

Puerto Rico’s Lag In Renewable Energy Implementation Could Kill Solar

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a Robert Sternthal series on the state of the solar industry in Puerto Rico. Robert Sternthal is president of Reznick Capital Markets Securities and has extensive experience in financing renewable energy transactions, whether they are in the wind, solar or biomass sectors. Working alongside CohnReznick LLP, Reznick Capital Markets Securities offers

Soligent Seeks To Help Developing Contractors With Solar Engine

  Soligent, a provider of systems and technologies for making solar dealers more competitive, launched Solar Engine, a modular suite of integrated services that allow independent solar dealers to drive out costs, reduce paperwork and grow their businesses. With Solar Engine, dealers leverage Soligent’s global network of partners and suppliers, deep experience and software platform

Commentary: Attacks on Solar Should Be Rejected. Period.

This post originally appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Switchboard, its wide-ranging collection of blogs. It is reposted here with permission. [Feb 14, 2014: updated to reflect initial reports from NARUC meeting]   By Nathanael Greene, Special to Solar Power World Utility executives and regulators from across the country met in Washington, D.C., this week for