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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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U.S. solar installations, including rooftop and utility- scale projects, may jump at least 75 percent to exceed 3,200 megawatts this year, enough to supply about 700,000 California homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association trade group. Developers are seeking new sources of funding after a U.S. tax incentive expired last year. They may have to pay higher interest rates than more established asset-backed bonds to attract investors.

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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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But the average price of a residential system in the U.S. is about $20,000. So where does the extra $10,000 go? I can assure you that it is not the result of greedy installers, paranoid utilities or greater German installation efficiency.

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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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That allowed Chinese solar companies to expand with amazing speed, moving from just about zero to over 50% of the solar production in less than a decade. It allowed the top Chinese solar companies to gain big economies of scale and learning, which allowed these companies to become world beaters (having access to cheap capital and labor certainly didn't hurt either).

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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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There are several reasons for our belief that now is an ideal time to invest in First Solar for the long-term. There are several things happening in the industry, and with First Solar, that make us believe that things are looking up for the leading American solar company. We delve into our bullish thesis below, with a focus on two things: the bankruptcies and financial woes of the First Solar's competitors, and its financial strength.

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The company plans to sell a year's output to a Danish firm and will also sell some to Domino's Pizza franchisees and other U.S. vehicle fleet operators.

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Located 400 kilometers from the nearest port, it will be a “tremendous project,” Restuccia said. “There’s no infrastructure nearby. A city will have to be built at the site” to cater for the workers.

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Ming Yang is building on its collaboration with Ambani’s companies, having agreed this week to develop as much as 2,500 megawatts of capacity in India in the next three years with Reliance Power Ltd. (RPWR)
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You must be the change you wish to see in the world -- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

With over 50,000 followers, subscribers and readers in 160 countries and 2,900 cities worldwide, Green Economy Group is a leading global provider of green economy news, research, conferences and advisory services. The vision of the Green Economy Group is to serve as a catalyst for transforming the world’s economy into a green economy with a one-planet footprint.