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Leveraging Solar: An Innovative Way a Foundation can Invest for Impact

As a foundation director, you’re focused on the impact you can make with your foundation’s dollars. You work hard to select recipients who have both the greatest need and the most potential for successful implementation (AKA, the highest possible impact). What if you could leverage your donation dollars to an organization, with the knowledge that your investment today would lead to 3-5x that amount in operational cost savings over the next 20 years while simultaneously contributing in a sustainable way? Sunvestment Energy Group has created an innovative program that does just that....

Corporate Sustainability–from Boardrooms to B-Corps, Change is in the Air (Part II)

The second in a two-part series on the new face of Corporate Social Responsibility As discussed in our previous post, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a growing means of redefining corporations’ efforts to understand and take responsibility for their impact on our collective environmental and social welfare. These efforts very often dovetail with the companies' commitment to, and investment in, their employees and the communities where their businesses are located. Another way of measuring success in this area is B Corporation (aka "B Corp") status. B Corporations are a relatively...

Corporate Sustainability–from Boardrooms to B-Corps, Change is in the Air

Part one of a two-part series on the new face of Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) encompasses corporations’ efforts to understand and take responsibility for their impact on our collective environmental and social welfare. These efforts very often dovetail with the companies' commitment and investment in their employees and the communities where their businesses are located. First and foremost, it is important to note that the vast majority of companies are devoted to the communities in which they operate and pursue many avenues to make these better...

Women Apply Here: The Solar Industry

Not only is solar one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., it is also a primary source of new jobs. In a recent blog post, we discussed a few impressive statistics--President Obama’s State of the Union claim that 1 out of every 83 new jobs is solar-related, and the fact that solar employment has seen 20% year-over-year growth for the past three years, among them. With the solar industry now employing more than the coal and natural gas industries combined, it may surprise many to learn that women make up just 19% of the solar workforce. Even the leading solar conference, Solar...

Why Lower Gas Prices Don’t Affect the Economics of Solar

Lots of environmentalists and renewable energy proponents may be feeling a bit skittish about the low oil prices that have been in effect for over a year now. With prices hovering around $2.29 nationally, how are renewables faring? If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you already know analysts are predicting 2016 will be another record year for solar installations, that solar has reached grid parity in more than 20 U.S. states, and that each quarter the industry breaks new records. To understand why low oil prices don’t have a significant effect on solar prices, this chart from the US...

Could Demand Response Markets be the Next Wave of Solar Financial Opportunities?

As anyone who works in the solar world knows, ours is a complex industry. We all work to understand and communicate the varying incentives, sophisticated financial structures, and ever-evolving rules and regulations to find the best possible solutions for our clients. Another piece of the puzzle that may be important to grasp is how energy is traditionally generated, transmitted, and the varying demand managed. Every day in the United States, electrical demand peaks around 5:30 p.m. Both residential and commercial usage spikes for about half an hour most weekdays as people start getting...