Webinar: Using solar financing to grow your business – May 2, 2017

Join us for a free, live webinar on May 2nd at 2pm EST.     It’s the best of times and the worst of times for the U.S. residential solar industry. Costs are coming down, which makes solar more affordable for consumers and accessible to a mass market. But margins are also getting tighter, which

What is a solar power purchase agreement?

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) can be a great tool for financing solar projects, especially in the commercial market. Here, we’ve reshared a blog from SunPower to explain some PPA basics.  A solar PPA is one of several ways businesses and public entities can pay for solar. Organizations should weigh the pros and cons of solar

Trump to dismantle Obama’s Clean Power Plan to disappointment of solar industry

President Trump is expected to ask EPA director Scott Pruitt to dismantle the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan today via an executive order. The Clean Power Plan was part of the Paris climate agreement strategy to cut emissions. The rule aimed to reduce the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The Washington Post calls Trump’s

Appraising sunrays: How to value solar on residential rooftops

Sandra Adomatis is on a quest to unite appraisers and installers so solar is properly valued on homes. Adomatis is an appraiser in Punta Gorda, Florida, and is considered an expert in green valuation. She is one of the authors of the SunShot study Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset

Contractors Corner: Empowering dirty-energy communities across the world with solar

Elemental Energy may be a successful residential and small commercial solar installer in the Portland, Oregon, area, but the company’s solar-obsession extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest. The company’s 15 employees, not content with just clocking in every day, are also affiliated with the non-profit Twende Solar, which bridges the gap between renewable energy experts

From brownfields to brightfields

Brownfields are attractive opportunities for solar development By Steve Goodbody, EVP of operations and engineering, Soltage Brightfields, defined by the U.S Department of Energy as solar projects on brownfields (contaminated land or closed landfills), are attractive opportunities for solar developers to diversify their pipeline beyond traditional rooftop and greenfield locations. The number of potential locations

Intersolar director shares market perspective

By: Dr. Florian Wessendorf, managing director of Solar Promotion International U.S. solar soared in 2016, surpassing more than 14 GW. This growth can largely be attributed to the boom in utility-scale projects that occurred when developers rushed to benefit from the ITC before its expected expiration at the end of 2015. Yet this impressive growth in

Solar Speaks: Tile roof install advice from Quick Mount PV

  In this Solar Speaks episode, we chat with Jeff Spies at Quick Mount PV about solar installations on tile roofs, including when solar installers should suggest new roof installs before putting in solar. Where are tile roofs more prevalent? What are the different kinds of tile roofs? What happens when you break an individual

Nevada installers skeptical of NV Energy’s subscription solar plans

NV Energy, a Nevada utility, filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada for a new subscription solar program that would allow residential and eventually business customers the option to meet up to 100% of their energy needs with solar power. Nevada solar installer Sol-Up USA’s chief technical officer Tu Anh Tran thinks it would

Penetrations don’t have to be the enemy of flat-roof solar

Holes in commercial rooftops are often considered the enemy of solar installations. Building owners don’t want them; installers don’t want to make them. So fully ballasted systems have become the norm for commercial roofs. No holes are needed if a solar system is held down by enough concrete blocks. But today’s commercial roofs are not