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The residential solar financing model, in which consumers pay a monthly fee and little money up front, gets a capital boost from US Bancorp.
It's no longer just the greenies who invest in solar. People are attracted by stable electricity prices they get by financing solar panel installations, says SunRun.
Will creative financing bring solar to the masses? SunRun gets $18 million to pursue a model in which consumers pay a monthly fee for solar panels instead of a huge up-front cost.
Vivint Solar secures $75 million in funding to launch solar panel installation to complement its home security and home automation services.
commentary Lux Research analyst Matt Feinstein cuts through the noise on bankrupt solar company, and says Solyndra's inability to compete should not diminish the prospects of other U.S. solar players.
Solar panel prices have fallen 20 percent so far this year, which is brutal for producers but beneficial for people considering buying or leasing solar panels.
An economic study has found that installing solar photovoltaic panels increased home values by about 3.5 percent, which on average covered the installation cost.
In a bad economic environment, start-up SunRun gets $105 million commitment from U.S. Bank to bankroll another 2,000 solar installations paid through leases.
In its green business plan contest, General Electric and venture capitalists put $68 million in home energy start-ups to bring their products to market.
Home improvement retailer invests in Sungevity and will offer its solar panel quote service in store displays later this year.