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Be the change... create a green economy by following global news about biofuels, carbon markets, green IT, hydro power, smart grid, solar, wind power & water.
Be the change... create a green economy by following global news about biofuels, carbon markets, green IT, hydro power, smart grid, solar, wind power & water.

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Institutional investors are probably the least likely of revolutionaries, not the type of people envisioned by The Beatles. But recently it appears that institutional investors are driving the green economy investment revolution through billion dollar investments in Europe, the US, Latin America, India and China fueled by the pursuit of high risk-adjusted and uncorrelated returns.

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Underwriters from Bank of America Corp. (BAC) (BAC) to Credit Suisse AG and Citigroup Inc. (C) (C) for the first time are close to converting sunlight into cash to pay bond investors.

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Would you buy one? Why? Why not?

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A myth persists that solar power is too pricey. The reality is that in many states – such as California, New York and Hawaii – solar is already cheaper than utility power on a dollar per kilowatt-hour basis. Not surprisingly, by far the biggest factor in the cost of electricity generated by solar is the installation costs for a system.

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Last September, we asked the question: when will China become serious about domestic solar energy production? Up until now, China has played what can only be considered a smart game in the solar energy space. The technology was still expensive, much more so than most other domestic sources, so what it did is let its solar companies export and ride the wave of foreign (mostly German) subsidies.

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Is solar a toy or a tool? A llama or a mule? The world may have learned the answer on a sunny weekend this May, when tens of thousands of solar installations on rooftops, factories, churches and farm fields in Germany produced 22 gigawatts of electricity. That’s a stunning amount of power, equal to that provided by 20 large nuclear or coal plants, as much power as takes to run the Rocky Mountain states.
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