How Much Solar PV Did the US Install in Q2 2015?

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Welcome to week three of GTM&#39;s Energy News Quiz. I&#39;m your host, <strike>Pat Sajak</strike> Mike Munsell.

Take the quiz below. If any questions leave you puzzled, we&#39;ve provided explainer links at the bottom.

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How&#39;d you do? Share this with colleagues and see if they can beat your score. Feel free to brag (or shame yourself) in the comments section.


1. <a href="">According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report, how much PV did the U.S. install in Q2 2015?</a>

2.&nbsp;<a href="">Luminant has signed a PPA to buy 116 megawatts of solar from SunEdison in this U.S. state.</a>

3. <a href="">According to a recent report, how many jobs have been cut across the global oil industry?</a>

4. <a href="">Which firm just acquired NEXTracker for $330 million?</a>

5. <a href="">Who did the IRS just rule eligible for the federal Income Tax Credit?</a>

6. <a href="">Which company "won" Brazil&#39;s latest solar auction, <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" border="0"></div>

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Latin America Solar Update: The Action Picks Up in Honduras and Guatemala

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In addition to the new&nbsp;<a href="" >research</a>&nbsp;GTM published on Latin America, the last two weeks have been an incredibly active period for the region. Central America played a starring role as Honduras and Guatemala combined to bring massive amounts of solar online, and El Salvador prepared to launch new auctions.

Mexico, Chile, and Brazil -- which GTM expects to be the largest markets over the next five years -- are laying the foundation for massive growth, all boasting new tender announcements. And don&#39;t miss <a href="">my take</a> on how this growth segues with SunEdison&#39;s emerging markets YieldCo.

Under-the-radar news

Argentina <a href="" >readied itself</a> to end rate freezes, creating what may be the best market opportunity for power generation investment in the country in 15 years. The country is pursuing solar power, but has primarily relied on municipal financing and initiatives to support development. Encouraging more private-sector involvement is essential for the market <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" border="0"></div>

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The Case for Holding a Fed News Conference at Every Meeting

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The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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No one expected major changes in Federal Reserve policy at this week’s meeting—and sure enough, there were only a few tweaks to the statement language.

Part of the reason investors weren’t looking for any action has to do more with scheduling than economics. Starting in 2011, under then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, the central bank chief holds a press briefing after four of the central bank’s eight meetings each year.

Despite assurances from both Mr. Bernanke and his successor, Janet Yellen, that policy makers could snap into action at any time, many analysts and investors have come to believe the Fed will wait for a meeting with a news conference to make a major move. This would allow the chair to explain the decision in detail, answer questions and get ahead of potential market nerves.

This expectation appears built into many economists’ forecasts for a first Fed interest-rate increase. In their notes to clients, they generally stick to either June, September or December—all meetings with press conferences.

That is why Andrew Levin, a senior research fellow at the International Monetary Fund, who is on leave from the Fed’s board, says the central bank’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee should really think about holding a news conference after every meeting.

“While the FOMC has made great strides in improving its communications over recent years, it’s clear that there’s plenty of room for further progress,” Mr. Levin said. Continue reading “The Case for Holding a Fed News Conference at Every Meeting”

The Economist launches its first daily edition

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The Economist, the 171-year-old weekly magazine, is launching its first daily edition.

The new product, called The Economist Espresso, will be available from Friday via smartphone apps and email. It takes the form of a daily briefing that is designed to be read in a few minutes each morning, and is part of a drive to expand The Economist’s digital audience following the first circulation decline in more than a decade.


News start-up Ozy vies for millennials’ attention

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First it was Vice, then came Buzzfeed. Now, Ozy has become the latest news start-up aimed at young, digital natives to ramp up its offering on the back of a new injection of cash.

The California company backed by German publisher Axel Springer and Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is stepping up advertising and has hired Jonathan Dahl to become news editor from the Wall Street Journal.

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BLR buys HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands

This post is by Iris Dorbian from PE Hub News: All News

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BLR­ said Tuesday that it has acquired HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands. No financial terms were disclosed. Berkery Noyes served as HCPro’s exclusive financial advisor in the transaction. NewStar Financial, Northcreek Mezzanine and Tenth Street Capital helped provide financing for the acquisition. HCPro is a provider of information, education and training in the areas of healthcare regulation and compliance. HealthLeaders Media, which is a subsidiary of HCPro, is a multiplatform media company that serves the business needs of healthcare professionals and executives.


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BLR®—Business & Legal Resources—announces the acquisition of the HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands and certain assets. BLR® is the leading compliance information provider for Human Resources, Environmental, Safety, and Employee Training professionals. HCPro is a leading provider of integrated information, education and training in the vital areas of healthcare regulation and compliance.
“For more than 20 years, HCPro has built a reputation for top quality content, solutions and training. It serves its audience of healthcare professionals with the same passion and commitment that drive the team at BLR®,” said BLR® CEO Dan Oswald. “Bringing these two companies together allows us to continue to expand our business as the leader in compliance information, training, and related solutions.”
”We are delighted that HCPro and Health Leaders will continue to provide their exceptional, valued services to clients in the marketplace under BLR® ownership,” said HCPro CEO Jim Malkin. “At the same time, we are excited to continue to serve the professional clients of The Greeley Company, which will continue its strategic growth under our ownership.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tom O’Connor, Managing Director for Berkery Noyes & Co. LLC, led the transaction team on behalf of HCPro. Berkery Noyes has been involved with many of the most notable transactions in the healthcare/life science, technology and information sectors involving both financial and strategic buyers and sellers. Berkery Noyes acted as HCPro’s exclusive financial advisor in its negotiations with BLR®.
The acquisition was financed with the assistance of NewStar Financial, Northcreek Mezzanine and Tenth Street Capital.
About BLR®—Business & Legal Resources
For over 35 years, BLR® has simplified compliance with state and federal legal requirements, helping U.S. businesses succeed. BLR® offers authoritative content, training, and practical, easy-to-use tools for the HR & employment law, workplace safety, environmental compliance, compensation & benefits, and politics & legal markets. Through our expert in-house editors and exclusive attorney network, we provide the most comprehensive, reliable state-specific information available—and we do it in all 50 states. Our award-winning information products—including training programs, events, web portals, reports and subscription services—give businesses of all sizes and industries the best tools available at affordable prices.
BLR® products and services include the online information services,,,, and, online training system TrainingToday, TRAC360 for SPCC, and the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium. Many of BLR®’s employment law products and events are developed in conjunction with the Employers Counsel Network, an affiliation of 50 law firms, one in each state, representing management in employment law matters.
About NewStar Financial
NewStar Financial (Nasdaq:NEWS) is a specialized commercial finance company focused on meeting the complex financing needs of companies and private investors in the middle market. The company specializes in providing senior secured debt financing options to mid-sized companies to fund working capital, growth strategies, acquisition and recapitalization, as well as, equipment purchases. NewStar originates loans and leases directly through a team of experienced, senior bankers and marketing officers organized around key industry and market segments. The Company targets ‘hold’ positions of up to $35 million and selectively underwrites or arranges larger transactions for syndication to other lenders. NewStar is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and has regional offices in Darien, Conn.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago Ill.; Dallas, Tex.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit
About Northcreek Mezzanine
Northcreek Mezzanine Fund I, L.P., makes creatively structured mezzanine and senior debt investments in lower middle-market companies. Northcreek has developed a strong and valued reputation as a trusted and reliable financial partner, targeted companies with revenues between $5 and $150 million. Northcreek invests in a variety of transactions including leveraged acquisitions, recapitalization, growth/expansion, buyout and balance sheet re-positioning or senior deleveraging. Northcreek is a licensed Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) with financial resources of $60 million composed of partnership equity and funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration through its Debenture program. For more detailed information, please visit
About Tenth Street Capital
For over 15 years, the Principals of Tenth Street Capital have been originating and managing successful private mezzanine investments in lower middle-market companies. Tenth Street Capital invests $3 million to $15 million in each transaction and will work with business owners and private equity sponsors to structure transactions that fit the unique needs of each individual company. Tenth Street Capital looks for strong and experienced management, a history of stable and sustainable financial performance, a recognized market position with a diverse customer base and a capital structure appropriate for the company’s level of operating risk. Tenth Street Fund III, L.P., was formed in 2011 when the Principals of Tenth Street Capital and the Morgan Keegan Private Funds Group joined forces. Tenth Street Capital has offices in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tenn. For more detailed information, please visit:
About Berkery Noyes
Berkery Noyes provides strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transaction advisory services to middle-market healthcare, technology and information companies in the United States and internationally. The firm has advised many notable companies including ExitCare in its sale to Elsevier, Therapeutic Research in its sale to Francisco Partners, H.W. Wilson in its sale to EBSCO and UpToDate in its sale to Wolters Kluwer. For more detailed information, please visit:

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Food for thought on digital news consumption

This post is by Lisa Pollack from FT Alphaville

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With the freedom to publicise at a low cost at will, what place is there for the subset of writers and editors doing this for a living? Andrew Betts, director at FT Labs, opined in a recent TEDx talk that if media organisations are to weather the changing habits of consumers of news and analysis, technological innovations must occur.

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50 shades of public interest

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This is one for the list of things you intuitively know, but have never bothered to fully formulate: the “issue-attention cycle” as laid out by Anthony Downs in a 1972 issue of The Public Interest. It describes how a society travels from blissful ignorance to intense interest about a topic, only to smack into cruel reality and then transition to boredom or indifference.

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Meet SoftTech VC’s Founders Honored as Forbes 2012 30 Under 30

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Forbes released its annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list of disrupters, innovators and entrepreneurs – and we’re proud to see many of SoftTech’s rising stars represented.  Meet the SoftTech VC founders that made the list and a BIG congrats to Sam, Liam, Carly, Isaac, Zain, Stephen, and Alex!

Sam Chaudhary, 26 & Liam Don, 26 from Class Dojo (Forbes ’30 Under 30′, Education)

Class Dojo founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don as disrupting the classroom with their classroom management software that enables teachers to track good and bad student behavior. Since launching in 2011, six million teachers and students use Class Dojo on their smartphones, tablets, and the web to dramatically improve classroom culture and increase educational productivity.



Carly Gloge, 28 and Isaac Squires,29, from Ubooly (Forbes ’30 Under 30′, Games & Apps)
Carly Gloge and Isaac Squires are the brains and games behind Ubooly, a iPhone/iPod Touch powered “Smart Toy” Toy tells stories & jokes, plays games & music, and takes kids on imagination adventures. Cuddly Ubooly’s been busy this holiday season, traveling from its hometown in Boulder to make appearances on the Today Show in New York and at LeWeb in Paris.



Zain Jaffer, 24 from Vungle (Forbes ’30 Under 30′, Games & Apps)


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Zain Jaffer and his co-founder Jack Smith launched Vungle to help mobile application developers promote and monetize their apps through in-app video trailers. Launched in June, Vungle already reaches 50M+ people per month, and is working with Amazon, and Priceline.



Stephen Espinosa, 25, from AppStack (Forbes ’30 Under 30′, Games & Apps)

AppStack creates mobile websites and mobile ads to get small-medium sized businesses more customers – it’s the top mobile ad reseller of Google ads and employs a team of 45.




Alex White, 26, from Next Big Sound (Forbes ’30 Under 30′, Music)

Alex White’s Next Big Sound is big data for the music industry. By measuring daily music consumption and purchase decisions, Next Big Sound combines artist activity with context to help the modern music industry make decisions.



Announcing Stephanie Palmeri’s Promotion to Principal

This post is by Jeff Clavier from SoftTechVC

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Just one year ago, we were happily announcing that Steph was joining us (OK, after I tried to dissuade her in a first place). She promptly took the lead on next generation commerce opportunities, as well as helping our companies with their marketing strategy. Overall, she has contributed a lot to our firm and our companies in such a short time.

That’s why today Charles and I are thrilled to share an exciting piece of news: Steph’s promotion to Principal. Join us in wishing her well! And follow Steph on Twitter at @stephpalmeri.

Your D.I.Y. euro zone bulletin

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“Sir, A brief word of praise for the cool head of Mariano Rajoy. As the Spanish bank bailout reached its climax over the weekend, he was faced with the toughest decision of his mandate so far. Without a second’s deliberation he opted to attend the Spain game at Euro 2012 over the alternative of watching Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open.

“His choice was subsequently vindicated by the washout in Paris that saw the match running over to Monday. In these troubled times, Europe’s politicians could learn from this ability to take the tough decisions without flinching.”

–       From Mr Nick Smith, Madrid, Spain, in a letter to the Financial Times.


As this piece was written before the results of the Greek elections were known, we have prepared a multiple-choice commentary for the benefit of readers – simply choose from the following options as applicable.


Following the [shock / expected / bizarre] election of [New Democracy / Syriza / die Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei], the Eurozone was returned to a state of [normality / bowel-clenching terror / North Rhine-Westphalia] today. With the political scene now clarified, Greece was reported to be [calm / closed / on fire]. The Eurozone debt crisis was revised by ratings agency Moody’s from [neutral / severe / hysterical] to [bad / very bad / worse]. Welcoming the Greek election results, Eurozone officials were said to be [elated / confused / sheltering in a storm drain]. In defiance of crude national stereotypes, the French responded to the Greek results by way of [fine dining / lowering the retirement age / surrendering]. Ahead of the EU summit on June 28, France called for [a stability pact / common Eurobonds / croissants].

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