Solar News: SolarCity Corp (SCTY)’s Renewable Energy, First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) & SunPower Corporation (SPWR)’s Academic Program

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF)

SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY)Company’s solar leases draw fans, but feds open inquiry into pricing (AZCentral)
Solar panels are a lot more affordable if you rent them rather than buy them. California-based SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) capitalized on that fact to become the darling of the renewable-energy industry and the major provider of rooftop solar in metro Phoenix. Its strategy to offer solar leases or similar financial arrangements has helped deploy thousands of rooftop solar arrays to those who otherwise could not pay the big up-front costs, which can run $20,000 to $30,000 before incentives for the average home.

First Solar Appoints Sharon Allen to Board of Directors (BusinessWeek)
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) today announced the appointment of Sharon Allen to its board of directors. Allen served as U.S. Chairman of Deloitte LLP from 2003 to 2011, retiring from that position in May of 2011. She is the first and only woman ever to serve as chairman of a large, private U.S. professional services organization. Spending the entirety of her professional career at Deloitte, Allen achieved a number of “firsts,” including being the first female board member in Deloitte’s history and the first executive chairman of Deloitte LLP.

SunPower Corp. PT Raised to $38.00 at Northland Securities (SPWR) (WatchListNews)
SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) had its price objective raised by Northland Securities from $33.00 to $38.00 in a research report released on Thursday morning, ARN reports. SPWR has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Northland Capital Partners raised their price target on shares of SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) from $33.00 to $38.00 in a research note to investors on Thursday.

Elon Musk Talks About SpaceX (Youtube)