Solar Power Starts to Boom in Latin America, and More!



Venture capital continues to flow into the US solar industry, specifically $31 million to solar film cell startup Solerel. One US solar company has just hired ex NBA basketball star Bill Walton to market residential solar (score high, Bill!)


Welcome NBA hall of famer Bill Walton as the new spokesman for NRG Energy!

Meanwhile, US utilities are catching the solar bug, and starting to contract for solar power sources not because they need to meet regulatory requirements, but because they want to… finally! The ways that the spread of US solar power installations is being financed has increased in just the last year, with loans playing an increasingly important role.


Check it out here, right now!

Overseas, the solar market is set to boom in Central America, while US investors areplanting capital into Chile’s developing solar market.

In India, a massive, interest-free loan program has been announced for solar users.

In the US-China solar trade war, the World Trade Organization foundthat the US violated global trade rules when it imposed tariffs on Chinese solar products. Ultimately, the White House should negotiate an end to these tariffs, so that all nations can advance solar power towards solving the climate problem, says the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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2 Responses to Solar Power Starts to Boom in Latin America, and More!

  1. Pete says:

    Why is it to purchase more panels for the growing market here in rural Alaska it is less expensive to buy the solar panels on line from China than a US company?

    • melharte says:

      Possibly because the Chinese government subsidizes the growing clean energy industry over there… unlike the US, which continues to subsidize the fossil fuel industry while the clean energy industry very little…

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