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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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 […]

Developing Your Solar Project: Research, Permits & Market Opportunities

Chris Lord and Keith Cronin discuss property records, attractive solar markets and permitting processes on the Solar Executive MBA Training discussion board.

Takeaways:

It’s often helpful to work with a county clerk when determining which property records you’ll need
Solar market attractiveness is dependent on factors like ease of access, stability of incentives and access to capital
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The Best Way to Sell Solar, According to a Nobel Prize Winning Economist

“So Myron, have you installed solar panels on your house?” I asked. The answer was no: “I have these magnificent redwood trees, so that gives me trouble”…

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON BLOG.AURORASOLAR.COM ON 9/3/2016
…Indeed, we performed a shading analysis on Myron’s house with Aurora Solar. Shading from the trees prevented his roof from receiving enough irradiance […]