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.

Free Solar Finance courses

Here’s the Financial Model Chris Lord Uses to Unlock MW Solar + Storage Projects

Financial models get solar projects built. Financial models make deals happen. Financial models make owners, developers, EPCs and investors a lot of money.

So the people who build financial models are valuable. Many people understand financial models from a high level but very few can produce bankable models that close deals. This is what Chris Lord […]

Three Trends in Solar That Can Boost Income for Solar Industry Members

With wildfires increasing, along with solar mandates, power shortages and power outages, new trends in solar are emerging.

In fact, the top three trends in solar in 2022 will be power purchase agreements (PPA) that include storage, car companies’ embracing electric vehicles, and software that accelerates solar development opportunities, says Keith Cronin, co-instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar […]

Learn Financial Modeling to Win Your Next Renewable Energy Job

Learning how to build a financial model to develop large renewable energy projects is hard. Details matter. Getting one number wrong can cost millions of dollars.

That’s why learning how to develop a financial model is such a valuable skill. This is a quick story about how Jessica learned financial modeling and used it to hit […]

Where are the Best Opportunities for Solar + Storage?

We’re excited to announce a new free class, developed in partnership with Energy Toolbase: “Optimizing the Economics of C&I Solar + Storage Projects in California”.

It’s worth paying attention because the presentation is packed with useful data you won’t find anywhere else. Energy Toolbase recently completed a rigorous, months-long analysis where they studied the economics of […]

Understanding Solar Project Finance Risks

In an ideal world, solar developers would find an appropriate site for solar, the local utility would offer low interconnection costs, the investor would receive a reasonable financial return and the surrounding community would welcome the project.

This would make developing a solar project easier than most because the risks would be relatively low, says Keith […]