March 6, 2014

2014 Solar Already Shining Brighter than 2013’s Sunshine Year

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2013 Sunshine Year


Last year was a banner year for solar. Approximately 4,300 MW of PV came online, that’s 27% growth over 2012 installation totals. Q3 2013 was the second largest quarter in the PV history, installing 930 Megawatts. An estimated 800 MW of CSP was expected to be commissioned by the end of 2013. All together, the new solar electric capacity added in 2013 is expected to have generated enough clean energy to power over 850,000 average American homes. Powering the demand are the dropping prices. On average the price of a PV system installed has come down 16% to $3/W, with panel prices down by more than 60% since 2011.

Renewables accounted for about 37% of the new capacity installed in 2013, looking at utility-scale development. But note that rooftop solar on home and businesses is averaging over 100 MW of new capacity every month recently. Businesses mean business when it comes to solar. The top 25 companies installing solar have amassed 445 MW of solar PV capacity across the country, that’s up from about 300 MW last year according to SEIA. The leader last year was Walmart installing 89.43 MW. Costco, Kohl’s and Apple followed with 47, 06, 44.72, and 40.73 MW respectively.


2014 Shine Bright Like a Diamond


100% of new U.S. generating capacity came from (more…)


February 6, 2014

Top Clean / Energy Tech News to Watch for 2014 – Shout out to the Antenna Group

Solar-Panels-file5731334413865“Antenna Announces Top 10 Energy Technology Headline Grabbers for 2014”

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What are the leading energy technologies for 2014? Antenna Group has identified these top sectors to watch via dialogue with their clients, and analysts, media and other industry influencers. Antenna Group, a Beckerman company, represents companies across sectors including renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, energy storage, finance, waste management and water, and is the nation’s largest energy technology communications firm. (more…)


December 26, 2013

“Cleantech To Turn the Corner in 2014” Predicts Kachan & Co.

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“Cleantech To Turn the Corner”

Dallas Kachan

Dallas Kachan

Predictions For Cleantech in 2014

By Dallas Kachan


Continuing a tradition since 2007, once again we bring you some end-of-year thoughts about where we think the cleantech investment theme is going.

Our cleantech-specific analysis and advisory firm Kachan & Co. focuses on this space. We publish research reports. We get briefings from companies introducing new technology. We publish a cleantech analysis service. We’re quoted in the press. We pore over what’s going on in the world in clean/green tech markets and have made some informed calls over the years, like China’s cleantech dominance, the rise of efficiency technologies and the downturn in cleantech venture capital funding.

This year, we’re of the opinion that industry-watchers should take heart. Especially if you’ve been on the page that cleantech is past its prime or otherwise unworthy of your attention of late. Why? Because we’re more optimistic about the year ahead in cleantech than in our last two years of predictions (read 2012 and 2013), which were uncharacteristically negative for a firm that’s often been something of a cheerleader for the cleantech space. (more…)


October 24, 2013

Cleantech Trends – Marmite, Lusties, and Energy Efficiency Domination of CleanTech

Marmite, Lusties, and Energy Efficiency Domination of CleanTech2013 Global Cleantech 100 by Sector

Cleantech Trends

We love October because this is the month that the Cleantech Group publishes the Global Cleantech 100 List! Who made the “lust list”, who are the “marmites”? What are the latest cleantech trends?


Celebrating Innovative Cleantech Companies

No one is better positioned than the Cleantech Group, provider of the i3 market intelligence platform and global consulting services, to investigate and bring forth exposés on the top private cleantech companies sectors spanning Energy Efficiency, Biofuels & Biochemicals, Conventional Fuels, Smart Grid, Transportation, and Water & Wastewater. (more…)


October 3, 2013

Cleantech Trends: Cleantech Bounces Back, Pure-Play Growth Hits 18%

Cleantech Bounces Back, Pure-Play Growth Hits 18%

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Cleantech Trends


Ernst & Young Global Limited recently released a Cleantech Industry Performance report. The analysis finds that the number of clean tech pure play companies have grown global despite bankruptcies and consolidation.


EY’s recently released Cleantech Industry Performance report finds that the number of clean tech pure play companies have grown global despite bankruptcies and consolidation. Despite the challenging environment in which the cleantech industry operates, China and the USA have consolidated their leadership and market capitalization bounced back from last year increasing by 18%, the study finds. Biofuels ranked top in the number of IPOs. Solar raised over 30% of the money. (more…)

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