Solar PV


Solar Photovoltaic systems use solar energy to create electricity. In 2010, the solar PV industry was the fastest growing industry in the US, with a growth rate is 69%.

New to solar? Start with this great free course: Solar PV Design, Code, Economics, Sales, and Site Visits

Free Tools to Start Learning:
Practice NABCEP Exam Questions
Chris LaForge’s Load Calculator for Battery-Based Solar PV Systems (Excel)
Ryan Mayfield’s Free Megawatt String Sizing Tool (Excel)

Apply for HeatSpring’s Online Solar Startup Alley* Competition – Deadline: December 12th

*Startups include small businesses and new ventures with revenues of less than $1 million. 

I’m really excited to announce our online solar startup competition.

We created the competition because we noticed within our 6-week Solar Startup Accelerator that the single largest obstacle for companies in the solar supply chain launching new products and services is getting in front […]

By |December 1st, 2014|Categories: Solar, Solar Photovoltaics|Tags: , , |

Get All the Tools and Advice You Need to Start a Solar Business

We’re launching the first online solar startup accelerator in the winter of 2015 so you can get all of the tools and advice you need to start your solar business. Here’s why:

The solar industry grew 36% in 2014, creating tons of opportunity and opportunity gaps. Yes, gaps. Not every company has benefited equally. Solar panel manufacturers […]

What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

If you’d like to listen the interview, please scroll to the middle of the article. 

There’s been a huge amount of buzz about yieldcos and their potential impact on financing more commercial solar projects by providing cheaper capital. There have been 8 IPOs in 2013 and 2014 with many more on the horizon.
If you need to brush […]

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: , , |

Free 25-Question Practice Test for the Upcoming NABCEP Installer Exam

For the next month, we’re offering a free 25-question practice test for the upcoming NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. All of the questions are here. For hints, answers, explanations, and a free lesson on battery systems, follow this link to the “Test Drive”:

Fill in the blank: NEC section ________ shows the requirements for working […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Categories: Solar, Solar Photovoltaics|Tags: , , |