Energy Finance


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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Interview: Role of Appraisal and Cost Segregation Analysis in a Renewable Energy Project

A new free short course by solar finance expert Chris Lord contains this insightful 20 minute interview about appraisal and cost segregation and their role in solar and other renewable projects. In this episode, Chris interviews Mike Bammel a Managing Director for Structured Finance/Leasing Practice at Marshall Stevens. Founded in 1932, Marshall & Stevens is […]

April 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy Finance||

How Time of Use Rates Work

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AURORA SOLAR’S BLOG
What do the prices of movie tickets to Hollywood’s latest blockbuster and the cost of energy in California have in common? First, in most theaters, you will find that ticket prices change based on the time of day you want to see your show. This is similar […]

Why You Don’t Need Bankable Solar Panels

Developers are often told to use “bankable” panels. But what if you don’t? Can you get a project funded? In helping several developers who struggled with this, Zenergy found that the answer is yes. Below we’ll explain how to make an investor comfortable with a project using newer and possibly “unbankable” technology. To do that, […]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy Finance, Solar||

How to Profit in Solar in 2017

The following article was written by Keith Cronin, who teaches our Solar Executive MBA Training with co-instructor Chris Lord.

The solar industry saw great strides in 2016. It looks like 2017 is going to be a banner year. We saw changes globally. Some areas experienced contractions but the reasons we’ll discuss in a moment.

Some of the […]

Solar O&M: Tips for Contractors, The Future of Solar & Workforce Development

The solar industry is booming, and there’s a lot to keep track of. From system configuration to energy storage, O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and beyond, the job of Franklin Beach Energy’s Managing Director Carter Wall is never really done. Sustainable woman Carter discusses her career, trends in solar, tips for contractors, faulty O&M contracts, preventative maintenance and […]