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‘Energy Developer vs. Energy Advisor’: 3 Real-World Perspectives

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You’re a renewable energy buyer and you may be asking yourself, “Do I need to hire an energy advisor firm to help me determine my renewable energy requirements and negotiate a savvy power purchase agreement (PPA), or am I safe in dealing directly with an energy developer?”

Marketplace surveys on how renewable energy advisors advertise their value, find their ‘job description’ (engineering, finance and legal expertise) mirrors most if not all the roles and benefits that experienced energy developers provide buyers. So, is it really true that energy developers are not aligned with the interests of their buyers?

And let’s ask another question: “If you’re an energy buyer who wishes to implement a renewable energy sourcing strategy that satisfies the demands of all your relevant stakeholders, why would you not deal directly with an energy developer to negotiate a mutually beneficial PPA and eliminate the “middle man”?

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We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.

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By Chelsea Harvey

Analysts have been underestimating the expansion of solar energy for nearly two decades, scientists report in a new study released Friday. And that could be a serious problem for the industry and, maybe, the planet.

If policymakers believe solar is growing more slowly than it actually is, they may be less likely to prioritize the kinds of research and development that will help better integrate renewables onto the grid, such as improving battery storage technology. This could lead us to continue relying on more carbon-intensive energy sources.

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Renewable energy no longer a niche to institutional investors

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Institutional investors remain eager to put money to work on renewable energy projects even as U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to revive their chief competitor: coal, financial executives said at a conference this week.

“Five or six years ago, funds weren’t specifically targeting renewable investment; today it’s a key component of infrastructure investment,” said David Giordano, managing director and head of North American, Latin American and Asia Pacific investments at BlackRock, on the sidelines of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York.

Giordano, who is also a board member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, which put on the forum, said renewable energy was no longer considered a niche.

BlackRock’s renewable infrastructure investment platform, launched in 2012 by Giordano’s team, now manages more than $4 billion in client assets, mostly in wind and solar projects.

Strong interest in green energy comes as Trump is championing fossil fuels and targeting environmental regulations as job killers. Trump’s administration, however, has made no moves to target federal tax incentives for renewable energy projects, which have helped make the technologies more competitive with traditional fuels like coal and natural gas, thanks mainly to bipartisan support in Congress.

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Solar Energy’s Rapid Growth to Save the Oceans

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Posted by Race for Water Foundation in Ocean Views on June 22, 2017

Ocean warming and acidification have devastating effects on our oceans: coral bleaching, species migration, mollusks’ and planktons’ stunted growth are only some of the impacts our fossil fuel economy is having on the planet’s most precious ecosystem. Solar power is currently the most promising energy source to replace fossil fuels and enable a clean energy economy.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) deployment has seen a rapid rise, however its contribution to global electricity generation was still only around 1.2% in 2015 (International Energy Agency). But here is the exciting news: the Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (released on 7 June) detailed that increase in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, rising by almost 9 per cent over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. According to the report, solar PV accounted for around 47 per cent of the capacity added. China in fact doubled its solar production in one year. Why such growth?

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