Installer Support: Finance and Regulation

  • How much does a solar system cost?
Well, the correct answer to that question is “it depends”. A photovoltaic solar system can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as millions of dollars. Here is a quick table that shows...
Support Article
5/1/2017
  • SGIP
What is SGIP? SGIP stands for Self Generation Incentive Program. The CPUC has budgeted $270M (75%, $202.6 for energy storage) through 2019 for rebates that support existing and new distributed...
Support Article
4/11/2017
  • Residential Storage Deals
With energy storage installations growing at breakneck speeds (100% growth in US installed capacity in 2016), solar installers far and wide are exploring how to best incorporate energy storage in...
Support Article
3/21/2017
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I am working with a property owner on a flat roof tilt-leg system.  They would like to use bifacial modules to capture more power from the backside of the modules. If we re-roof to get a more...
Support Question
3/16/2017
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How do I apply for the SGIP rebate on a residential system and what happens if I do not make the lottery for the incentive level I apply for?
Support Question
3/4/2017
  • MLK School Solar PV
Last Tuesday, leaders of the Baker Administration’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released their final plan for the state’s new solar incentive, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy...
Support Article
2/6/2017
  • Distributed solar
How do you value solar energy production? That is a question several prominent utilities and Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) are debating across the country as initial Net Energy Metering (NEM)...
Support Article
2/3/2017
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It seems like there are 4 or 5 different battery types available that I could use for solar projects. How do I compare the economics between different batteries?
Support Question
1/20/2017
  • PACE Financing
For a primer on PACE financing see HERE. While Utility and Residential solar grew more than 50% annually (from 2012-2015, no exact 2016 numbers yet), the Commercial sector’s growth has been...
Support Article
1/10/2017
  • TVA REAP Carport
As a state without a solar carve-out (no SREC market), and no net metering, Tennessee is expected to install 476 MW of solar electricity over the next five years, more than five times the solar...
Support Article
1/10/2017
  • Meters hold the answer
We recently wrote on the abundant and diverse roles energy storage can play for residences, businesses, and the grid at-large. This article will function as an introduction to demand change...
Support Article
10/31/2016
  • Solar financing for churches
If you were a nonprofit and you Googled “solar for nonprofits”, very few solar installers would appear and the reason why is simple. Most installers don’t think nonprofit solar projects will pencil...
Support Article
10/20/2016
A recent Solar Market Intel Report conducted by EnergySage, the online marketplace for homeowners to explore and understand their options when shopping for solar, found that consumers have three...
Support Article
10/17/2016
  • Solar hitting grid parity
Although it depends on volume and module type (Poly, Mono, Optimized, etc.), module pricing is 25% less today than it was at the start of the year. This has allowed many independent solar contractors...
Support Article
10/17/2016
  • Solar energy storage
As we dive into the second half of the decade, it is inevitable that renewable energy will play a leading role in the electricity generation mix. Wind and solar power represent the majority of new...
Support Article
10/4/2016
  • MA Solar Systems
Under the proposed incentive, eight blocks of 200 MW each would be opened up to encourage 1600 MW of additional solar capacity in the state over the next several years. Within each block, solar...
Support Article
10/3/2016

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