Lisa Cohn

About Lisa Cohn

Lisa Cohn, a regular contributor at HeatSpring Magazine, has worked as a writer for more than 20 years, focusing on energy and environment. She is a former U.S. stringer for Windpower Monthly Magazine, a former associate editor of Oregon Business and a former editor of Forest Perspectives, a quarterly magazine published by the World Forestry Center. She began her writing career as an energy and environment reporter for The Cape Cod Times. Lisa has received numerous writing awards, from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers and Associated Oregon Industries.

Managing the Moving Targets of Getting a Solar Power Purchase Agreement Signed

Getting a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed for a solar project requires juggling numerous tasks–all of them moving targets, says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course.

It’s not easy to maneuver through this process and rope all the pieces into place, but Lord can help. As managing director of CapIron, Inc., Lord […]

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Why Did the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market Grow Tenfold Last Year?

In some ways, homeowners’ romantic notions of being energy independent fueled the recent growth in residential solar-plus-storage, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

The residential market was the fastest-moving market in solar-plus-storage, growing tenfold between 2017 and 2018, says Kennedy, who has been in the solar industry since 1996, employing battery-based solutions.   

“The […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Stacking, Microgrids, and Other Trends Moving the Solar-Plus-Storage Industry

Early adopters of solar-plus-storage have their eye on “stacking” the benefits of storage, which would allow for storage owners to be compensated by utilities or regional transmission organizations for more than one benefit, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

While it’s not easy right now for storage owners to get compensated for multiple […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Studying for the Gold Standard NABCEP Exam with More Laughs, Less Caffeine and More Certification Options

Sean White promises that studying for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) exam with his “40-hour Advanced Solar PV Training” course won’t be tedious or boring.

“When I’m talking to the class, I try to make it like it’s in a classroom–not just stiff and formal and boring,” says White. He tells jokes and throws in […]

February 5th, 2018|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

Inspiring Others to Create Bigger, Impactful Solar Projects

Randy Batchelor was inspired by a high school science teacher to follow a career path in engineering, and his passion for the environment led him to work in the solar industry.

Now, as instructor of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course, along with Ryan Mayfield, his goal is to spark passion in his students the way his teacher […]

February 4th, 2018|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous||