Financing is quickly become necessary for the successful adoption of renewable energy in the United States. If you want to sell geothermal or solar projects, you need to understand finance.

Read the Guide to Financing Commercial Solar Projects
Advice from a $20MM Solar PV Investor for Commercial Solar Installers = Focus on a Niche, Be Fast, and Standardize your Operations
60 Minutes of Video Answering 7 Questions on Financing Commercial Solar Power Purchase Agreements
50 Minute Presentation on Due Diligence, Crowd-funding and Finding Investors to Finance Nonprofit Solar PPAs
Solar MBA Course. Learn how to Finance Commercial Solar Projects from Start to Finish
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Great Resources
Finance 101 for Renewable Energy Pros
Finance 101 for Solar PV Pros
The Beginngers Guide to Financing Solar PV Projects
The Complete Guide to Geothermal Tax Credits

Building Microgrids? Four Economic Factors to Consider

Microgrids are poised to alter the economics and topology of the electricity grid, ultimately transforming the electricity industry as we know it. In this article, we discuss the four economic factors to consider before and during microgrid development and provide an opportunity for designers, policymakers, and industry experts to join a community of microgrid professionals […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Financing, Microgrid|Tags: , , |

Community Solar 101

There’s been a lot of buzz about community solar lately. While the amount of investment in community solar projects is a fraction of the investment of the entire solar industry, there are a few leaders who recognize the incredible potential of community solar.

Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series about community solar. […]

How to Handle Unknown Risk to Increase Solar Project Success

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This is a guest article from Chris Lord, Managing Director at CapIron, Inc. He’s a former lawyer with extensive banking experience who now consults with solar developers and investors. I’ve never met anyone else who can, seemingly, answer any financial or legal questions about financing commercial solar projects.

In the article, Chris shares some of his experiences about how to understand and mitigate the risks that you don’t know exist in commercial solar development. Unknown unknown risks are extremely important to understand because they can have large negative impacts on profits and relationships with investors and clients. These risks are especially important for firms that are experienced in solar but new to financing larger commercial solar projects.

I found this article extremely interesting and if your work revolves around selling or financing commercial solar projects, I’m sure you’ll love it. If you have questions about the article, please leave a comment. If you’d like to connect with other professionals focusing on best practices for financing commercial solar projects, join our LinkedIn group on Best Practices for Financing Mid-Market Solar Projects.

Chris Lord also teaches our 6-week Solar Executive MBA that starts on Monday, September 15th. In the course, you’ll work a commercial solar deal from start to finish with expert guidance. The course includes financial models, legal contracts, and development tools that are indispensable.

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By |September 9th, 2014|Categories: Financing, Solar, Solar Finance, Solar Photovoltaics|Tags: , , |

The Most Common Solar PPA Modeling Mistake, The Fix, and a Free Tool

This article will address the most common error that developers and EPCs make when modeling commercial solar PPAs. The video below will discuss the problem, the solution, and provide a free tool you can download so you can work through the answer yourself.

This article is part of a series common topics and questions that professionals […]

Interview with Cory Honeyman, GTM Research Solar Analyst, on Emerging Trends in Residential and Commercial Solar

In this interview, GTM Research Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman provides some background on the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report and discusses trends in residential and commercial solar, including hard costs, important skills for salespeople, state incentives, common misconceptions, and financing. (The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.)

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By |April 9th, 2014|Categories: Financing, Solar, Solar Finance, Solar Photovoltaics||