Solar Bankruptcy

By Cynthia A. Arcate | September 22, 2011

Recent high-profile bankruptcy filings by solar panel manufacturers (Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts and California-based Solyndra) have caused some to wrongly question the viability of the solar industry and, indirectly, the pursuit of solar power by customers. The truth is that these events are less about the strength of the industry and more about the faulty wisdom of government financing of nascent technologies. When Evergreen first took Massachusetts jobs overseas then filed for bankruptcy, critics cried foul that Massachusetts had provided a multi-million dollar investment, including direct grants. Solyndra has provided a more sensational storyline on the national stage after the...


PowerOptions Launches New Blog, Wired In

By Cynthia A. Arcate | September 20, 2011

Welcome to the latest and, we think, one of the most exciting new features of our improved website – the inaugural PowerOptions blog, which we’re calling Wired In. PowerOptions was founded 15 years ago on the promise of becoming the leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, helping nonprofit institutions and government entities navigate the complex energy markets and maximize cost savings. As an independent nonprofit ourselves, we have worked to set the bar for other groups and suppliers. One of the roles we take very seriously here at PowerOptions is that of advocacy and education. We enter into energy rate-setting...

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