Solar MBA: Contract Financing Language, Site/Land Leases and MOU’s

Chris Lord and Keith Cronin tackle student questions on the Solar Executive MBA Discussion board…
Power Purchase Agreement Financing Language
Student 1: I have a follow up question about Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) financing. You indicated agreements with penalties for failure to deliver power, or get the system built, are very difficult to finance. What is typical (and/or […]

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: , , , , |

Get All the Tools and Advice You Need to Start a Solar Business

We’re launching the first online solar startup accelerator in the winter of 2015 so you can get all of the tools and advice you need to start your solar business. Here’s why:

The solar industry grew 36% in 2014, creating tons of opportunity and opportunity gaps. Yes, gaps. Not every company has benefited equally. Solar panel manufacturers […]

Community Solar 101

There’s been a lot of buzz about community solar lately. While the amount of investment in community solar projects is a fraction of the investment of the entire solar industry, there are a few leaders who recognize the incredible potential of community solar.

Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series about community solar. […]

How to Handle Unknown Risk to Increase Solar Project Success

Image: Universe of Issues, Risks, and Challenges
This is a guest article from Chris Lord, Managing Director at CapIron, Inc. He’s a former lawyer with extensive banking experience who now consults with solar developers and investors. I’ve never met anyone else who can, seemingly, answer any financial or legal questions about financing commercial solar projects.

In the article, Chris shares some of his experiences about how to understand and mitigate the risks that you don’t know exist in commercial solar development. Unknown unknown risks are extremely important to understand because they can have large negative impacts on profits and relationships with investors and clients. These risks are especially important for firms that are experienced in solar but new to financing larger commercial solar projects.

I found this article extremely interesting and if your work revolves around selling or financing commercial solar projects, I’m sure you’ll love it. If you have questions about the article, please leave a comment. If you’d like to connect with other professionals focusing on best practices for financing commercial solar projects, join our LinkedIn group on Best Practices for Financing Mid-Market Solar Projects.

Chris Lord also teaches our 6-week Solar Executive MBA that starts on Monday, September 15th. In the course, you’ll work a commercial solar deal from start to finish with expert guidance. The course includes financial models, legal contracts, and development tools that are indispensable.

Enter Chris Lord

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September 9th, 2014|Categories: Financing, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance|Tags: , , |