This is your SolarWakeup for November 26th, 2014

I am thankful for the growth in solar, the long term continuation of the ITC (maybe we can reuse this for the holidays), awesome solar public policy teams (they are some of the best marketing SolarWakeup has), and being able to work with some of the best 143,000 solar colleagues around (plus those outside of the US). Most of all that solar is mainstream (or getting there). What are you thankful for? (Programming note: SWu will be off until Monday December 1st)

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Yann

This is your SolarWakeup for November 25th, 2014

In an amazing twist of reality, it has come to light that a Wisconsin Utility regulator may have acted improperly and most likely unethically. Ellen Nowak, the deciding vote in a 2-1 ruling to place a fee on solar users, appeared on a panel with the CEO of WI Energy Corp. With possible ex-parte communications and other strange dealings, it is another sample of when regulators and companies get too close. Not all utilities act this way but this is a case gone awry…more to come (see the first story)

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Yann

This is your SolarWakeup for November 24th, 2014

It’s fun to watch solar at work. Last week at the Infocast conference you watch the panelists speaking kindly to each other but throwing hidden darts at the same time. Loans or leases, yieldcos or securitizations, david versus goliath (for the utility panel). Now Walmart goes out and gives a contract to SunEdison and SolarCity. That should be fun to watch.

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Yann

These are the top 10 most read solar articles by your peers this week!

#1 SolarWakeup: A Behind the Scenes look at SolarWakeup

#2 San Diego UT: Here’s who wants to sell you solar, and why

#3 Solar Industry: How To Make The Pitch That Owning Residential Solar Beats Leasing

#4 Motley Fool: How SolarCity and SunPower Plan to Dominate Solar

#5 NY Times: SunEdison and TerraForm Buy First Wind, Gaining a Toehold in Turbines

#6 BRW: Ten commandments of solar energy for business

#7 ABC: Huge Solar Plant Lags in Early Production

#8 Breaking Energy: Ivanpah’s First Nine Months: 300,000 MWhs at $185/MWh

#9 Milwaukee JS: Regulators agree to increase fixed charge on We Energies electric bills

#10 GTM: Celebrity Solar Installation of the Week Starring NBA Legend Bill Walton

The Top 10 is ranked by the number of SolarWakeup.com readers that clicked on the news article during the previous week.  It is the poll of the most relevant solar news of the week as judged by your colleagues and competitors.

Have a great weekend!

Yann