Finance

April 16, 2019 - By Peyton Boswell

Solar Tax Credits Are Stepping Down Next Year: What Does This Mean for Corporate Solar Projects?

The U.S. solar industry is continuing to flourish with the help of the federal investment tax credit, otherwise known as the ITC. As this column from EnterSolar notes, this incentive has been a major part of solar project economics for the past decade, but changes are coming in 2020. Here is what you need to know about the ITC Step-Down, and how your company can maximize the monetary benefits of a solar project today.  
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 10, 2019

Innovation Summit Presentation: Delta Force - Driving Energy Efficiency at UVA

The University of Virginia is having a great year, winning both the NCAA championship AND the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for Energy Efficiency Technology! In this recap from the 2019 Innovation Summit, Jesse Warren of UVA offers a detailed look at the Clark Hall project, one of Delta Force's biggest successes.
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March 29, 2019

Michigan State's long-term view on renewable energy

With students and faculty pushing for environmentally friendly programs and a longer life span than most corporations, universities have special advantages and challenges when it comes to implementing renewable energy programs. In this presentation from a recent Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer of Michigan State University explores higher ed's approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Energy Efficiency  -  March 11, 2019

General Motors receives $2.8 million for energy efficiency upgrades

General Motors received funding March 11 from a Michigan utility for energy-saving updates to be made at the company's Flint facilities.
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January 16, 2019

Clean energy investment exceeds $300B for 5th year

Global clean energy investment reached $332.1 billion in 2018, the fifth year in a row to top $300 billion despite an 8% decline from 2017.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  December 22, 2018

Weekend reads: A record-breaking year; Blockchain comes to RE

The holidays are here! Cozy up with these year-end energy articles:
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Finance  -  December 20, 2018

Blockchain-based payments for RE come to Penn.

American PowerNet, an independent power supply company, announced its adoption of a blockchain-based digital payments platform to facilitate real-time payments within the renewable energy sector and to purchase power for Pennsylvania.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  November 12, 2018 - By Brian Janous, Kenneth Davies, Lee Taylor

Buying renewable energy should be easy — here’s one way to make it less complex

In this column from Microsoft, the company presents the Volume Firming Agreement (VFA), a new solution to mitigate the risks and simplify the complexities that exist in the current PPA structure that may inhibit their effectiveness as a risk management tool for the corporate procurement market.
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Solar  -  October 24, 2018

Walmart plans 23 MW Illinois solar farm

Walmart plans to install a mix of rooftop and ground-mount solar panels at 19 of its stores and two distributions across Illinois, expected to total approximately 23 MW.
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Finance  -  July 18, 2018 - By Katherine Ryzhaya

The Great REC Arbitrage

No longer reserved for the Fortune 500, financial instruments like Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) are gaining popularity among smaller companies and public-sector entities looking to cost-effectively meet clean energy goals. Google, Apple, Amazon, and Walmart have paved the way for other, more risk averse but environmentally-minded entities to power their operations with renewable energy.
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