Why SunEdison’s Stock Dropped 50% in 3 Weeks and How You Can Avoid This in Your Own Solar Development

SunEdison has climbed up the ladder to become the world’s largest renewable energy service provider, but it has come at a cost.

Many people believe that they’re on a trajectory similar to the traditional energy service providers, like Duke Energy, PSEG, PGE, Next Era, and others.

But there’s a fundamental problem that spooked investors and hedge funds […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing|Tags: , , , , |

Solar Women Summer Series: Reaching a Majority Female Office

Sarah Gaddis and Jodi White work at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, a Solar PV organization dedicated to supporting local, independent installers by offering only a select group of top-quality products. Sarah and Jodi spoke with us about their roles at BayWa r.e., their experience in the industry and their recent benchmark of becoming a 55% female operated company.

Jodi […]

The Solar Developer’s Modeling Challenge: How Much Detail Is Enough?

In the article below, Chris Lord, HeatSpring’s expert instructor, outlines when and why detail in modeling cash flows from a renewable energy project really matters.
Key Takeaways:

Modeling forces us to confront the troubling “unknowns” about our project, and that implicates two curious aspects of human nature.
The purpose of modeling is to help us get a handle […]

4 Reasons Commissioning on Larger Solar PV Systems is Important

The article below is an excerpt from the discussion board of our last Solar Executive MBA cohort. Student A and Student B are interested in learning more about:

The importance of commissioning on larger solar systems
The potential volatility of SRECs and how to account for changes and potential sunsets
Areas that it would be advantageous to engage “third-party […]

Interview: Financial Models and Sample Documents for Commercial Solar Projects

I recently spoke with Chris Lord and Keith Cronin about some of the financial modeling tools and sample  documents that they frequently use to teach solar professionals working on commercial projects. Chris and Keith, who co-teach our Solar Executive MBA course, first talked about the financial modeling tools, how they came to use them, and […]