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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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Do Your Financial Modeling for Solar, and Keep Your Eye on What Qualifies for the ITC

When you’re creating financial models for solar projects, it’s important to understand what qualifies for the solar investment tax credit (ITC), says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Financial Modeling for Solar PV course.

And it’s also critical to begin your modeling early, says Lord, who also is co-instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA course.

“Most people think if […]

January 21st, 2019|Categories: Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

3 Lessons I Learned From Collaboration

It was early 2002 and the idea of a solar PPA was in its infancy. I got an email from a guy from BP Solar seeing if I was interested in buying some solar panels. His name was Jigar Shah.

That email and subsequent follow up phone call built upon a friendship and future business relationship […]

How to sell a utility scale solar project

There is constant interest from developers looking to sell their solar projects. How can you get a piece of this lucrative opportunity and help wean us all off of dirty fossil fuels?

Solar development breaks down into three essential steps: site control, interconnection and the PPA. While working through these steps, you should propose to yourself […]

August 6th, 2018|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

How Mineral Rights Can Kill Your Solar Farm Deal

There is probably nothing more frustrating than spending months talking to land owners and learning late in the program that the deal is dead. How much did you invest in time and money knocking on doors and drumming up engineering resources?

With solar growing in the Midwest, so comes new risks. Solar was mostly a coastal […]

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Why You Should Embrace Solar Financial Modeling and Avoid Guesswork

“People often have a tendency to make decisions based on unverified instincts and outright guesswork – because it’s quick,” says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Financial Modeling For Solar PV Projects class.

Too often, those instincts and guesswork land developers in less-than- ideal financial situations.

A Cautionary Tale about Failing to Model

For example, one developer told Lord that he […]

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance||