U.S. Alternative Energy Correspondent
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Jan 8, 2013

Solar industry outlook still bleak despite recent rally

LOS ANGELES/FRANKFURT, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Solar stocks kicked
off 2013 with a sharp rally, prompted in part by last week’s
news that a company controlled by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire
Hathaway Inc would pay up to $2.5 billion for two
SunPower solar projects in California.

This week, the stocks retreated after many investors and
analysts called the moves overblown, making the Buffett rally
look more like a short-term bump.

Jan 3, 2013

Tax break extension breathes new life into U.S. wind power

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. wind industry is powering up once again after Congress extended a critical tax credit that wind companies say will save tens of thousands of domestic jobs and allow more clean energy projects to ramp up this year.

About half of the sector’s 75,000 jobs in the United States had been expected to disappear if the wind production tax credit had been allowed to expire at the end of last year, according to trade group the American Wind Energy Association.

Jan 2, 2013

SunPower inks $2.5 billion deal with Buffett utility

By Garima Goel and Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – SunPower Corp (SPWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it sold two solar projects in California to a company controlled by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and would receive up to $2.5 billion in proceeds and related contracts.

Berkshire utility MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co will pay SunPower between $2.0 billion and $2.5 billion for the 579-megawatt (MW) Antelope Valley solar projects and for designing, installing and constructing them, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. (link.reuters.com/bag94t)

Dec 22, 2012

U.S. businesses hold out hope for fiscal cliff deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. business executives are holding out hope for an eventual deal to avert the impending “fiscal cliff” despite negotiations having stalled ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Corporate America, still reeling from the effects of the recent recession, is on edge as it watches from the sidelines the tense talks between President Barack Obama and Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

Dec 14, 2012

SolarCity IPO may unleash more “clean-tech” offerings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp’s (SCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) successful market debut could warm up the chilly environment for stocks of alternative energy companies.

The solar installer had a difficult journey to becoming a public company this week, but the deal is viewed as a success in the beleaguered clean energy technology industry and good news for start-ups hoping to ride its coattails to public offerings next year.

Dec 13, 2012

SolarCity shares soar 47 percent in market debut

By Olivia Oran and Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Shares of SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) jumped nearly 50 percent during their market debut on Thursday, a day after the company was forced to slash its IPO price to attract investors skittish about putting money into the volatile clean technology industry.

The solar panel installer’s stock rose 47.4 percent to close at $11.79. It hit a session high of $12.70, just 30 cents shy of the low end of the company’s original proposed pricing range.

Dec 13, 2012

SolarCity shares soar 50 pct in market debut

Dec 13 (Reuters) – Shares of SolarCity Corp jumped
more than 50 percent during their market debut on Thursday,
approaching the valuation the solar power company had sought
before it was forced to slash its IPO price.

In early afternoon trading, the solar panel installer’s
stock was up 51 percent at $12.10. It hit a session high of
$12.70.

Dec 12, 2012

SolarCity expects lower IPO price after delay

Dec 12 (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp, the top U.S.
installer of residential solar systems, slashed the expected
price of its initial public offering and said it would sell more
shares a day after an underwriter said the deal had been
postponed.

The move values the Elon Musk-backed startup at $585
million, almost half its earlier proposed valuation of nearly $1
billion.

Dec 12, 2012

SolarCity postpones IPO as solar sector struggles

By Olivia Oran and Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Solar panel installer SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has postponed its initial public offering scheduled to price on Tuesday, according to an underwriter and a market source.

The San Mateo, California-based company had intended to price 10.1 million shares at a range of $13 to $15.

Dec 2, 2012

Producer Katzenberg picks up honorary Oscar for charity work

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg received an honorary Oscar for his charitable work on Saturday at a star-studded gala that kicked off the movie awards season and bestowed film industry gold on three other industry veterans.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually hands out its Governors Awards to people who have made an impact on Hollywood.