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James Woolsey on Breaking Oil’s Monopoly

R. James Woolsey Jr., Neocon turned CleanTech Expert James Woolsey is one of the green movement’s more intriguing leaders.  Since leaving public service – his career includes being head of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993-1995 – he has become an energy expert and Clean Tech Investor for VantagePoint Venture Partners and  Lux Capital. Behind [...]

Tesla Confirms Pricing and Launch Date of Model S

Tesla Model S: Image used with permission from Tesla. Tesla (TSLA) today officially announced the pricing, options and timing for next year´s US launch of the Model S. There have been some worrying rumors that the company would forced to raise its prices due to cost factors. Consequently, the good news for Tesla stock is both that the pricing [...]

Solar: One Chart That Highlights The Adjustment In The Industry

Source: NPD SolarBuzz, SolarBuzz Quarterly. New survey-based data from SolarBuzz points very clearly to a very much needed ongoing adjustment to manufacturers planned module shipments. The chart above illustrates the issue very succinctly. In SolarBuzz´s survey conducted in Q2 of the current year, manufacturers were still planning on shipping just over 8 GW of modules in Q3 of [...]

Buffett Buys Into Another Solar Project – Expect More To Follow

Warren Buffett-controlled MidAmerican Energy Holdings on Friday acquired an interest in a second solar project. In the latest deal, the company has acquired 49% of NRG Energy´s $1.8bn Agua Caliente project.This follows the company´s acquisition of 100% of First Solar´s $2bn Topaz Solar Farm less than two weeks ago. As was the case with the first Topaz deal, [...]

Study Suggests Solar Has Reached Grid Parity In Some Areas

A new academic study published last week suggests that solar energy has already reached grid parity in some areas in North America and is therefore poised to move into the mainstream. The study, ‘A Review of Solar Photovoltaic Levelized Cost of Electricity’, was co-authored by Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University and Kadra Branker and [...]