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The growth of the solar industry happened in large part because of innovation on the finance side of the industry. We write regularly on solar finance, providing free courses and resources to help you truly understand the mechanics of solar finance.

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The Benefits of Standardized Solar Contracts

Students in HeatSpring’s newly updated Solar Executive MBA Training Course learn about how to take advantage of a standardized solar contract, one of the course’s important new features.

“If you use your own agreement, you need to find an investor comfortable with it,” says Chris Lord, instructor, along with Keith Cronin, of the Solar Executive MBA […]

August 18th, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Transitioning to the Solar Business from Other Industries to Find Rewarding Work

The two most active and attentive students in a recent Solar Executive MBA Training course came not from the solar industry but from the Texas oil industry, says Keith Cronin, HeatSpring’s co-instructor of the course.

“Both had extensive backgrounds and were very knowledgeable and aware. They realized the oil industry wasn’t their future, and were really […]

July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Now Open: Live Online Proctoring for all NABCEP Board Certification Exams

NABCEP has just announced that all candidates may now schedule to take all NABCEP PV Board Certification and PV Associate credentialing exams through live online proctoring (LOP). You may now schedule to take an exam from your own home!

The LOP testing method means you can now earn your NABCEP Board Certification on your own computer […]

Solar O&M: How Long Your System Lasts Will Depend Upon These 3 Things

“Solar is maintenance free”. “Solar panels last for over 20-years”. “The inverter warranty will take care of everything”. “Don’t worry”.

You might have heard these things before. You might have believed some of them and maybe for a period of time, it was partially true.

What has changed?

We have good historical data now. We have had equipment […]

May 13th, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Non-Obvious Skills Needed in the Solar Industry

This week I had the honor of participating in the first-ever SunCast Summit on Earth Day. The “Impact Your Career” session was a panel discussion between Shawn O’Brien (NABCEP), Brian Mehalic (Solar Energy International), Nico Johnson (SunCast), and me.

I learned something important from everyone on the panel. Most interesting to me was an update from […]

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Certification, Conferences and Events, Drones, Financing, Solar, Solar Finance||