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Solar Energy continues to Grow Globally

If you want to know what is happening in the world of solar energy power generation stop reading the mainstream media in Canada and the United States. Despite the rhetroic from the right-leaning media in Canada and the United States,…

Solar Income Fund Inc. and The Corporation of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc enter into Memorandum of Understanding for the Development of Solar PV Installations

June 8, 2012, Toronto, ON: Solar Income Fund Inc. (“SIF”) and The Corporation of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc (the “Municipality”) have entered into an agreement to build Solar PV energy installations across Strathroy-Caradoc’s real estate portfolio. Development and implementation of…

The End of Baseload : German Perspective

An interesting article from RenewEconomy.com that goes to the heart of renewable energy. Read article from RenewEconomy.com: End of Baseload While pundits who advocate against renewable energy are quick to point out the costs of Feed-in Tariff programs they are…

Green Energy Infrastructure continues to grow with China taking the global lead…

If you want to know what is happening in the renewable energy sector stop reading the newspapers and start reading independent global research reports. The green energy infrastructure sector continues to grow at a double digit pace with no slowdown…

Despite changes to it’s Feed-in Tariff program Germany remains in top 3 Globally

If you want to know what is happening in the renewable energy sector stop reading the newspapers and start reading independent global research reports. The green energy infastructure sector continues to grow at a double digit pace with no slowdown…

The 3rd Industrial Revolution: Green and Renewable

Interesting article on the shift in industrial policy required to ignite lasting and sustainable growth. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/article2935269.ece

Germany bets on decreasing solar panel costs: on the Path to Grid Parity

While the news of Germany’s cut to its solar energy subsidy program, the Feed-in Tariff program, is making headline news, most don’t understand the significance of the German policy. For the past 12 years Germany has been leading the world…

National Post on Green Energy : More Rhetoric than Fact

Fact Checks : National Post on Green Energy : National Post Feb 23rd   National Post/Opinion   It’s fairly obvious that the National Post and the Globe and Mail have no love for solar, wind and green energy. However the lack…

Consolidation in the Solar PV Manufacturing Sector

Good article on the challenges and opportunities facing the solar PV manufacturing sector. This consolidation is a natural process for an industry that has been growing at above average rates for the past decade. Click for article from PV Magazine…

Solar Energy Costs to decline by more than 50% in coming decade….

According to the latest research by the EPIA, Solar Energy is on track to be a low cost energy leader in the coming decade. For full report visit: http://www2.epia.org/documents/CITES/Competing_Full_Report.pdf  

Human Cost of Burning Fossil Fuels….

Interesting analysis from Scientific American website. Too often the debate about the cost of energy excludes the impact to individual health and the health care system. Given the amount of public funding for the health care system in Canada we…

22 new solar energy Micro-fit installations with Magna solar tracker

Solar Income Fund continues to expand its solar energy footprint in Ontario with 22 new solar energy Micro-fit installations being built and expected to be connected into the electricity grid September 30, 2011. In addition to these 22 solar energy…

Ontario benefits from Solar Energy: Green Jobs and Investment flourish

A study by ClearSky Advisors Inc. shows that $12.9 billion in private investment is expected in Ontario by 2018. Investments in the next seven years will support more than 74,000 person years of employment or an average of 25 jobs…

Solar Energy in Ontario Video

Our “Solar Energy Video” provides an overview of the solar energy industry and the many benefits of solar in Ontario. We also added an original music tune to share the sense of optimism and vibrancy in the industry as thousands…

Germany to end Nuclear Power in 2022

In Reversal, Germany to Close Nuclear Plants by 2022 nytimes.com The German government said it would phase out its nine remaining operating facilities over the next decade, in a move that will likely be popular with the German public.  

Solar politics and rhetoric do not match the budget math for Ontario….

It seems as if the Green Energy Act (2009) is the new punching bag of political pundits. While widely criticized for paying “too much” to renewable energy producers with Feed-in Tariff rates that are “too high”, the math paints a…

People, Planet and Profits…The Triple Bottom Line

SIF has recently launched it’s corporate social responsibility program, the SIF 3BL (“triple bottom line”) Program. We believe that a company’s success cannot be simply measured by its financial achievements and must also take into account corporate, environmental and social…

Don’t blame green energy for rising energy prices

In the coming political season don’t be a victim of the the American style 10 second political sound bite in relation to Ontario’s energy system and in particular to green energy. Below is a link to interesting article that presents…

Oil and Renewables: Slicing up the Subsidy Pie | Renewable Energy World Magazine Article

An often misrepresented topic in Canada. Who is really getting the most in subsidies? Oil and Renewables: Slicing up the Subsidy Pie | Renewable Energy World Magazine Article.

2nd Renewable Energy Finance Forum:Ontario,Canada

Ontario continues to move forward in developing an extensive portfolio of renewable energy projects. Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act has now been in operation for over a year. As a result it is no longer a question of how…

2011 a make or break year for Ontario Solar Developers and Integrators

Solar Financing Solution for 2010 Ontario FIT Contracts -Solar Income Fund Inc. launches New Debt & Equity Solution for Ontario Developers and Integrators- For Press Release: TORONTO, Ontario: January 4, 2011 – The clock is officially ticking for owners of…

Tour of the Solyndra Plant

The Solar Income Fund team was recently in Freemont, California to tour the Solyndra facility. We were very impressed with the facility, the Solyndra team and the solar installation on their facility. Solyndra is a leader in the manufacturing of…

Solar Income Fund launces commercial Solar Rooftop Projects

For Immediate Press Release: October, 22, 2010 Solar Income Fund Inc. (“SIF”), an Independent Power Producer, proudly announces a new long term relationship with Shorex Earth Systems Inc. (“Shorex”), an experienced solar EPC company, to build commercial rooftop solar energy…

New Financing Program for Ontario Solar Projects

Solar Income Fund partners with Asta Corporation to bring Global Financing Solution to Ontario Solar Energy Industry TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ – To view this Social Media Release, please enter the following address in your web browser. http://smr.newswire.ca/en/solar-income-fund/a-new-global-financing-solution-for-ontario-solar-energy

Green Shift at E-Bay

Small changes in packaging can have massive changes in sustainability. Here is an article from BigThink on a new eBay initiative. Even more interesting than this one packaging change is the concept of mobilizing entire organizations through the best ideas…

Queen’s University study-Solar to Shine for Province

A link to a summary on the benfits of large scale solar energy use for the Province of Ontario. http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/governments-should-support-solar-power-manufacturing-study

Solar PV Costs to Decline…Grid Parity?

An interesting report on where solar energy costs are going (see below link). Since my entry into the world of solar energy I have witnessed a 50% drop in the cost per watt to install a utility sized solar energy…

New Solar Plant for Guelph

Ontario is quickly becoming the new hub for green energy manufacturers and power producers. See article from Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/business/article/846743–guelph-gets-new-solar-panel-plant

Solar PV meets Auto EV…

Interesting article on the marriage of solar pv power system and the Tesla Roadster. The idea of using solar panels to power our automobiles sounds like science fiction to most but the article found via the link below will provide…

Ontario poised to be a global leader in solar

Ontario poised to be the world’s next leading solar market Recent announcement of FIT Contracts issued by the OPA are pointing to a very robust solar market in Ontario. Hundreds of contracts have been awarded and the FIT program is…

Paul Ghezzi interviewed on Money Talks Media…

I was recently interviewed by financial advisor John Klotz. John Klotz is the founder of Toronto Talks Radio presents “Money Talks Media”, a bi-weekly series dedicated to hearing from the experts in and around the GTA. Hosted by John Klotz,…

Globe and Mail Article: New fund sees money in sunshine

The Globe and Mail ran an introduction of the Solar Income Fund LP today. The article gives a good overall picture of the Fund. Here is a link to the full article: http://tinyurl.com/globeandmail-solarfund

Canada’s first Solar Income Fund ready to power up…..

After 18 months in the making I am pleased to announce that the Solar Income Fund LP will be launching in September, 2009 across Canada. It’s been a long journey to get to this point but very rewarding on many…

The Green Energy Boom: Prepare to Profit by Aligning your Wealth with your Values

I will be speaking at the next WIN&NIM conference on September 30th on the topic of the “Green Energy Boom”. I dont speak as much as I would like to these days (too much time travelling and in the office)…

Germany Leading the Way in Solar PV

German solar PV Market leading the way: one of five householders are thinking about solar PV Germany has been leading the way towards a healthy solar energy market for some years now. Despite the global economic crisis and a decreasing…

It appears that Ontarians are ready for Solar Parks…

It appears that Ontarians are warming up to the idea of solar parks. Solar parks have been very successful in Europe, in addition to solar rooftop installations, as a solution to increasing renewable energy production. OTTAWA July 23, 2009 –…

The Gospel of Green – The Fifth Estate reports…

A very interesting report from the Fifth Estate on why Germany is the world’s leader in renewable energies and why Canada is lagging so far behind. I found the report to be both balanced and insightful. Well worth the 45…

Renewable Investment surpasses Fossil Fuel Investment in 2008

According to the United Nations Energy Programme 2008 was a milestone year for Renewable Energy Investment. According to their most recent report $140 Billion went into renewables worldwide in 2008, while $110 Billion went into fossil fuels. Is this the…

The Smart Grid is Coming…

It is estimated that up to 50% of power generation is lost in transmission across aging and overwhelmed global energy infrastructure. More power production, including green power production, cannot be the sole solution to our ever increasing need for energy….

How to participate in the Green Energy Boom…

While many sectors of the economy struggle to find their footing in a very challenging recession, green energy power production continues to shine brightly (pardon the pun). That’s because many governments around the world are supporting green energy power production…

The Path to Green is through Capitalism

The way to a ‘Greener’ planet is through the capital system, not around it. While this may be a bitter pill for our colleagues on the left of this argument to swallow, this is the reality of our current economic…

What is Solar Photovoltaic (“Solar PV”)?

Photovoltaic (“PV”) is a marriage of two words: ‘photo’, from Greek roots, meaning light, and ‘voltaic’, from ‘volt’, which is the unit used to measure electric potential at a given point. Solar PV is emerging as a major power source…