The Mosaic Home Solar Loan

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOne of Mosaic’s defining moments came in January 2013, when they started offering a return on crowdsourcing investments. That enabled small investors to buy into solar projects on the rooftops of schools, apartment buildings, convention centers and other buildings. The Oakland CA based company did $7 million worth of business that year. They now operate in six states. Now Mosaic has reached what it believes is another defining moment. They are joining together with RGS Energy (NasdaqRGSE), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions with a 35 year long track record in the industrys, to offer the Mosaic Home Solar loan. 
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SEIA’s 2013 Market Review: Solar Is Now Mainstream

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen Rhone Resch used to get together with the CEOs from other energy sectors for lunch, he always felt like the little guy at the table. He might have been President of the Solar Energy Industry Association, but it was the major players – like gas and oil – that used to pick up the tab. Those days have gone: around 29% of all new electricity installations during 2013 were solar, the industry is now  mainstream.
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Solar market Expected to Grow 20% in 2014

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe latest Bloomberg prediction is that the solar industry will grow more than 20% in 2014. After consulting with “some of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected solar analysts” – Deustche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc., Yingli, NPD Solarbuzz,. Wacker Chemie AG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – Bloomberg suggests there will be around 44.5 GW installed. That is only a little less than the 46 GW suggested by the Deutsche Bank. The big story, from 2013, is the change of leadership amongst the World’s solar powers.
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The Conflict Over Alberta’s Surviving Wild Horses

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe Alberta Government issued permits for 196 wild horses to be culled this year.  According to the province’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, their population has grown  from 354, in 2008, to an estimated 980 last March. The winter has been severe and there are questions about the number of horses that will survive, but a government spokesperson said the cull is necessary because they graze on the same pasture as native animals and livestock.
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