Now is the time to invest in solar

Now is the time to invest in solar

As solar energy becomes cheaper, it becomes an increasingly important source of clean energy in the energy mix. It can be competitive without subsidies and is now even cost-competitive when combined with energy storage in some application sectors. With both environmental and economic sustainability, investments into solar energy are obviously attractive. But as prices drop and technology develops, when is the right time to invest in solar? Looking at the market, it couldn’t be clearer: the time is now. Solar energy is cheaper than its fossil fuel competition The cost of renewable energy will continue to fall. On the other…

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Why the ecotourism industry must embrace clean energy solutions

Why the ecotourism industry must embrace clean energy solutions

People are traveling more than ever. A growing global middle class is giving rise to a ‘traveling class’; those who view travel as an essential part of life, rather than a luxury. While much of this is business travel, we are also taking holidays to increasingly far-flung destinations. This comes at the expense of our environment, and at a time when environmental awareness and the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle is growing, many are seeking to consolidate their love of long-haul travel with their environmental concerns. This has made way for a rise in ecotourism. It is hailed as a…

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The cost of wind energy continues to fall.

Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit 2017: past the tipping point

Energy is going to reach a zero-marginal-cost point in 20 years – and it’s not because coal is getting any cheaper. At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) 2017 Future of Energy Summit, renewable energy was (unsurprisingly) central to the discussion. The development of clean energy technologies is accelerating faster than even the BNEF forecasters have predicted and the event, held in London on the 19th and 20th of September, was buzzing with stories of an industry that’s at the tipping point of outpricing fossil fuels. ecoligo CEO Martin Baart shares his learnings. A changing energy market One of the…

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We must focus on new markets, not politics

We must focus on new markets, not politics

The German solar sector doesn’t have an easy job, at least if you listen to some well-known representatives of it. Dumping prices from China, lacking political protection and the cutbacks on feed in tariffs are the reasons for the downfall of some in the past very successful companies. But are these the real reasons for the downfall? At the beginning of May 2017, the German Solarworld filed for bankruptcy. The board of directors concluded, that there wasn’t a positive prognosis for the company anymore. There argumentation was mainly based on: Price drops in the international markets. Looking at the global…

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What is crowdinvesting?

What is crowdinvesting?

As alternative finance continues to gain popularity in Europe, crowdinvesting is coming into the mainstream. But what exactly is it? Find out more and learn about ecoligo’s use of crowdinvesting in its business model. An extended version of this article was originally posted on Climate KIC, as an interview with Kilian Rüfer. What is crowdinvesting? Crowdinvesting is when many investors finance a project, each making a small financial contribution in proportion to the total capital required. Over time, the investor receives the amount paid plus attractive interest in return, as a cash payment. This is the most important difference to…

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Intersolar 2017: a signal for change in solar financing

Intersolar 2017: a signal for change in solar financing

Intersolar Europe 2017 had a lot to offer its attendees. With 8 halls full of exhibitors, a wander round the exhibition uncovered the newest innovations and the biggest brands, industry talks and even live Bavarian music. Furthermore, the extensive conference program showcased the ideas and trends shaping the solar industry today. ecoligo’s founders Martin Baart and Markus Schwaninger, both speakers at the event, share their insights. The time of subsidies is over Many in the solar industry realise they must enter markets where sustainable subsidy-free business models are possible. In the past, the industry has been running from one market…

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How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Kenya and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments start at 500€ and not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. Solar power is taking off – and has been for a while. Prices are dropping, batteries are improving and people are embracing photovoltaic systems as an attractive energy solution. In Germany, where roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems have been popularized by a feed-in tariff, solar has contributed greatly to the Energy Transition. However, in developing countries – where…

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Clean Energy Summit Africa – an insider’s view

Clean Energy Summit Africa – an insider’s view

Energy challenges, future technologies and developing markets: a few of the topics energy experts gathered at the Clean Energy Summit: Africa last month to discuss. Held in Accra, Ghana on the 4th and 5th of April, the event brought international companies, local developers and governing bodies together to debate the shape and direction of Africa’s renewable energy landscape today. We spoke with ecoligo CEO, Martin Baart, to find out more. Who attended the conference? What were the big ideas? Bringing together energy insiders from around the globe, a key virtue of the Clean Energy Summit was the insight it gave…

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Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

  Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Ghana and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. For many, the idea of solar systems in developing countries conjures up images of solar panels on clay houses. While the work of solar utilities who power to off-grid homes and villages is important, the economic potential of solar for businesses is often overlooked. Solar systems on industrial facilities and offices have the power to improve the electricity supply, increase…

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Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Thinking of Kenya, a lot of people have a very clear image: dusty, unpaved roads through a vast savannah, passing clay huts and a population living in poverty. A growing economy and infrastructure Unfortunately this image is drawn by prejudices. By now, Kenya is a fast growing economic power in East Africa, which is why the economy grew in 2015 by approx. 6%. This growth let Kenya rise to third place in an overall African and Asian context, just behind China and the Philippines. Furthermore, the average gross domestic income of 1,160 USD is above the World Bank’s threshold for middle income countries….

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