The Solar ITC to Take its First Step Down, While Rapid Shutdown Moves Forward

The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) will leave their mark on the solar industry in 2019, with the NEC increasing costs temporarily and the ITC lowering incentives.

That’s the word from Ryan Mayfield and Randy Batchelor, instructors of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course, which focuses on designing large-scale commercial solar systems, in […]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

Businesses are Squeezing More Solar out of Their Property with These Two Trends

More and more, businesses are looking for ways to squeeze more solar out of their available property, and have embraced two trends to do just that, says Ryan Mayfield, co-instructor of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course, which focuses on designing large commercial systems, in the 1-5 MW range.

Some businesses are turning to east-west racking of […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

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||

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||

Why 4 Out of 5 Solar Companies Don’t Advertise

Often in the solar industry, the debate about advertising or not strikes a nerve. Many clients and people I know resist any sort of advertising as they believe it’s a waste of money and their time.

They have good reason to think this. And here is why it’s been not effective.

First, they have done a trade […]

January 17th, 2019|Categories: Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Sales & Marketing||