Energy Finance

  • 3/25/2014

    Enjoying Oregon cows' less savory products

    Oregon is a great place to be if you’re in the energy business. Energy efficiency and green energy are welcomed, if not prioritized, by industry and consumers alike. Additionally, prices stay low because…

  • 3/22/2013

    NADB approves loan for Rio Grande solar project

    North American Development Bank, MIC Solar Energy Holdings LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions are teaming up to develop a new solar park near Presidio, Texas. North American Development Bank (NADB) has…

  • 2/13/2013

    Report claims developer of proposed coal terminals is 'awash in red ink'

    Ambre Energy, the Australian company leading the charge on two proposed coal export facilities near Portland, is in a precarious financial position and needs $1 billion in new capital to make the projects…

  • 2/12/2013

    SolarWorld, still battling China, offers financing for American-made panels

    Solar panel-maker SolarWorld, in its continuing battle against Chinese imports, on Tuesday unveiled a new customer financing program applicable only to American-made solar products. The German company,…

  • 1/31/2013

    SolarWorld CFO: Company 'committed' to survival

    While analysts speculate about SolarWorld's uncertain fate, the company's CFO Phillipp Koecke is stalwart in defending the company's position. Portland Business Journal Reporter Erik Siemers posed some…

  • 1/31/2013

    Analysts size up SolarWorld's uncertain future

    SolarWorld AG argues that its panels are the best on the market. That of all the workhorse, everyday-use solar panels out there, its are the most efficient. And the company has invested another $33 million…

  • 1/31/2013

    Beaverton School District unveils solar projects

    REC Solar and Kenyon Energy christened a three-system solar project at the Beaverton School District last week, commemorating the third occasion the companies have successfully collaborated with Northwest…

  • 1/29/2013

    Tax ruling could make solar project finance easier

    A San Francisco company may become the first firm allowed to raise money for solar-power projects as a REIT, the financing vehicle used in $640 billion of U.S. property ventures, according to Bloomberg…

  • 1/25/2013

    Oregon's largest solar array complete

    The 5.7 megawatt solar array, known as Outback, that last year started sprouting up along the landscape in southeast Oregon's Lake County is finished and is generating power. The solar power plant is…

  • 1/14/2013

    Iberdrola: Uncertainty continues for wind project development

    Iberdrola Renewables is again confirming its commitment to the U.S. market — and the Pacific Northwest — after reports that the company is abandoning wind projects in the face of a continued weak market…

  • 1/10/2013

    Google invests $200M in a Texas wind farm

    Google plopped $200 million into a wind farm in west Texas. Spinning Spur Wind Project, located in the Texas Panhandle, would generate enough energy to power 60,000 homes, Google said on its blog. Google’s…

  • 1/10/2013

    SunPower's Portland office central to last week's blockbuster deal with Warren Buffet

    When SunPower Corp. and Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Renewables announced last week a blockbuster deal to sell what will be the world’s largest solar power plant for a price likely to surpass $2 billion,…

  • 1/3/2013

    SunPower sells world's largest solar project to MidAmerican

    MidAmerican Solar, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Renewables, announced this week it would buy a sprawling 579-megawatt solar array that spans California's Kern and Los Angeles counties. Bloomberg…

  • 1/2/2013

    Last-minute PTC extension cheers Oregon businesses

    A 13th-hour deal struck New Year's Day by Congress to avoid drastic fiscal cuts included a one-year extension of the federal Production Tax Credit — news that was greeted with applause by many of Oregon's…

  • 12/13/2012

    Debrief: The SolarCity IPO

    Debuting at $8-a-share, SolarCity Corp.'s stock price jumped 47 percent on its first day of trading - besting the first-day-performance of any Bay Area cleantech IPO in the last five years, according to…

  • 12/12/2012

    SolarCity postpones IPO, lowers target

    SolarCity Corp. has reportedly decided the climate isn't right for its stock market debut, two weeks after lowering the amount it planned to raise. Reuters cited an unnamed underwriter and a market source…

  • 12/6/2012

    Analysts advise caution on SolarCity IPO

    Time is running out if SolarCity is going to make its stock market debut this week as expected. Investors are cautiously eyeing the San Mateo company's plans to raise $151 million by selling 10 million…

  • 11/28/2012

    SunEdison sets up $314M financing for South Africa solar projects

    SunEdison LLC arranged $314 million in funding for two solar projects in South Africa. The company, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (NYSE: WFR), is using both debt and equity financing…

  • 11/13/2012

    For Vestas, a new boss as winds change

    Martha Wyrsch came to Vestas as the wind turbine market was sinking from the global financial crisis and she set about rewriting the company's sales strategy. More than three years later, the up-and-down…

  • 11/1/2012

    'Solarize' program gives rise to new business models

    A couple of trend-setting businesses are popping up in a space created by Portland’s former Solarize pilot, the community-driven effort to help solar customers pool their residential solar purchases…

  • 10/17/2012

    First Solar to build plants in Indonesia

    First Solar Inc. will collaborate on bringing 100 megawatts of solar power projects to Indonesia. Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) will partner with PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bell, known as PJB…

  • 10/1/2012

    Energy efficiency financing program gets restart in California

    A program to help commercial property owners finance energy efficiency upgrades that was abruptly scrapped in 2010 has been resurrected in the Bay Area. Oakland-based Renewable Funding is managing the…

  • 9/12/2012

    Cleanteach companies short on exits

    While researching a story today, I happened upon a two-year-old post by Wired magazine on the top cleantech IPO candidates -- eight of which happen to be Bay Area-based companies. The list provides pretty…

  • 8/23/2012

    Oregon's solar highway project open to visitors

    The nation's largest solar highway project — an array of 7,000 solar panels across seven acres — is now open for visitors. The Baldock Solar Station, a 1.75 megawatt installation, is located along…

  • 8/22/2012

    Powin Energy launches financing program with TIP Capital

    Powin Energy announced Wednesday it will work with TIP Capital to offer customers simple financing for the purchase of efficient lighting and energy storage systems produced by Powin. Virgil Beason, Powin's…