BC Parks & Pipelines: Is Christy trying to pull a Fast One?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAccording to British Columbia’s leading daily newspaper, the Vancouver SUN, “The Ministry of Environment is anticipating applications for boundary adjustments to at least 35 parks and other protected areas to accommodate industrial pipelines, transmission lines and resource roads” The evidence is all there, as well as documentation regarding the procedures the government would have to go through to make these adjustments. The Liberal Government’s preference for fossil fuels is well known and, though it seems premature,  this might not have been an issue if they had been more transparent. But Premier Christy Clark promised British Columbians that five conditions had to be met before we will allow either of the pipeline projects to proceed, none of them have been met and now some people wonder if her government was trying to pull a fast one.

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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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