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

ORIX partners with IGS Solar to expand solar investments

ORIX USA, a division of integrated financial services group ORIX Corporation, announced a partnership with IGS Solar, a turnkey commercial and residential solar provider. Together, ORIX and IGS will develop, acquire and operate a nationwide portfolio of commercial and industrial solar energy generation products across the United States. Committed to growing its renewable energy business

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

Vaisala insists U.S. solar asset managers account for extreme weather impacts

Investment in site-specific weather data and measurement equipment is essential for U.S. solar project owners and asset managers, faced with a rising frequency of extreme weather and climate-driven disasters. Furthermore, operators must gather more than just irradiance data to protect their assets from both unexpected performance shortfalls and financial and physical losses. These observations are

PVComplete introduces first CAD software system for the solar industry

PVComplete, a solar design software provider, introduces PVCAD, the first and only CAD for solar. Powered by Autodesk technology, PVCAD rapidly accelerates solar project design and deployment. Solar designers, drafters and engineers use PVCAD to create comprehensive project designs for ground-mounted, rooftop, carport and sloped roof solar projects. For one low monthly subscription, designers leverage

SunShot solar forecasting program receives top honors from Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The SunShot Initiative’s solar forecasting program, launched in 2012, spearheaded a collaborative effort to develop real-world solutions to improve the accuracy, flexibility, and geospatial capabilities of solar forecasts. And now, the program and an Energy Department scientist are receiving the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group’s 2017 Annual Achievement Awards, which honor energy professionals for their success

Swinerton’s O&M division SOLV deploys Qantum software to monitor and support 1-GW solar portfolio

SOLV, an independent solar O&M service provider and a division of EPC contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy, has begun deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants in the United States. Qantum is an innovative cloud-based analytics platform that allows SOLV to harness

Texas State Technical College expands solar energy program

Texas State Technical College’s Solar Energy Technology program is growing and poised to fill an expected growth of jobs in the state. Equipment used for program lectures and labs will be moved throughout the spring semester from an older metal building on Airline Drive to a newer, larger structure up the road next to the

Are we there yet? SEPA shares thoughts from solar power asset management and performance conference

By: K Kaufmann and Ryan Edge, Smart Electric Power Alliance You’re an asset manager of utility-scale solar power plants, and your CEO has just made you responsible for your company’s most recent acquisition, a 10-megawatt project, soon to begin construction. The new plant comes with some heavy expectations around financial performance, which, based on the construction

HERO program used by more than 3,000 Fresno homeowners

When the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the HERO program, the goal was to help local homeowners make energy and efficiency upgrades that could reduce utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions while creating local clean-energy jobs. Today, it’s clear that the program is working: through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)