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The Power of Time

Power vs energy. kW vs kWH. Inverter capacity vs battery capacity. Do you know the difference? A sustainable future featuring solar power plus energy storage should be getting more transparent and less confusing. But, as you can tell, that’s not...

Solar Thermal Pools: Commercial design and implementation

Watching aerial images of large commercial solar systems often brings to mind the monumental effort and attention to detail involved in getting a project to completion. Over the years, I have come to learn and appreciate the nuances and the fine...

Great Expectations: Underperformance in U.S. solar market

For years, the solar industry has believed that utility-scale projects meet expectations. Investors, owners, operators, and developers have been making financial decisions based on the assumption that half of their portfolios will over-perform, to...

Let’s Talk Safe Harbor

As every day passes, we get closer to the end of 2019 and (potentially) the reduction of the ITC from 30 to 26 percent. It is the optimal time to start discussions to seriously consider committing capital to one of these attractive tax credit...

How to Develop a Successful Solar Project Permitting Framework

Land is your most important asset in a renewable project. It doesn’t matter how much the sun shines - if you don’t have land, you don’t have a project. Likewise, if you can’t secure permitting, your project will fail. Most solar power...

Early Money is the Smartest Money in Solar Development

Not everyone can do mid-market commercial and industrial (C&I) and community solar development, because not everyone has the ability to handle the early development costs. That’s why it’s so important to partner with companies that have the...

Building Trades Lead California’s Clean Energy Future

Last year, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by...

The Revolution of Sun Tracking Carports

Commercial size carports are often the easiest solution to deploy large areas of solar collectors in an urban area or on corporate sites, but these fixed carports have a major flaw; because they usually follow the drive lanes azimuth, they are often...

Following “Tradition” - How a well-known operating lease makes a compelling financing alternative for commercial solar

The “traditional” operating lease has been used for decades by equipment salespeople to sell all types of commercial equipment, from office equipment to factory machinery - even big-ticket items like aircraft. Unfortunately, in the solar...

Unlocking Solar Diversity: NYC’s community solar option

Community solar has experienced enormous growth across the country over the past few years. From 2016 to 2019, the total capacity leapt from roughly 300 to 1400 megawatts (MW), more than quadrupling the supply. By 2020, community solar could reach...

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