The Washington Post
Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments: Energy
Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk's SolarCity Corp. -- sell power, not panels. They're on pace to supply $5 billion this year for residential and commercial solar projects, up from $3.3 billion in 2013, according to the researcher Mercom Capital Group LLC. The funds are going to companies such as Sungevity Inc. and Sunrun Inc. that sell electricity, a shift from the last boom year of 2008 when venture capital and private equity investors provided $4.97 billion, mostly for solar-panel factories.
Flywheel of Fortune
As time goes on, the controversial Department of Energy loan programs to support renewable and alternative energy look better and better.
US News & World Report
Solyndra-like Success? Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Touts Upsides of Failed Loans
A handful of companies that received Energy Department loan guarantees and then went under - costing taxpayers millions - have since reemerged on the market, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says.
Can SolarCity's Silevo succeed where Solyndra failed?
SolarCity's acquisition of high-efficiency solar-panel maker Silevo caused a market trepidation .