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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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How Can NGOs Access Valuable Federal Solar Tax Credits?

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which are nonprofit entities that operate independently of any government, aren’t able to directly utilize federal tax credits available for solar, says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar Finance Masters Series and other courses.

Here’s the problem: By definition, NGOS, because they are non-profits, can’t access federal tax credits, he says. That’s a challenge […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Encouraging Non-Profits to Bring Solar PV to their Communities Requires Education, Patience

Solar developers and contractors are in the unique position of being able to educate non-profit organizations about solar energy and bring its benefits to their communities, says Keith Cronin, an instructor for numerous HeatSpring courses and founder of SunHedge.

“The underserved market is non-profits: Churches, foundations and others,” says Cronin, co-instructor of the HeatSpring course, Solar […]

May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Join us at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference

The Oregon Solar Energy Conference is the most robust regional solar energy conference in the nation, and returns to Portland, Oregon this year May 7-9. They will continue with their dedicated contractor day on May 7th, in coordination with the Energy Trust of Oregon, geared towards solar contractors and solar trade allies. OSEC 2019 is […]

How the Wrong Roof or Warranty Can Undermine a Solar PV Project

In a distributed generation project involving solar PV, identifying the status of the roof and the details of its warranty is critical, says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course.

If solar installers don’t do their homework, an aging roof or a roof warranty without the right coverage can threaten the viability of […]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

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||