Solar Articles: Finance and Regulation

  • SGIP
2018 Overview It was a busy summer between tariffs and rate reform debates, but California Senate ended the summer on a positive note for solar installers by passing S.B. 700. S.B. 700--still needs...
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9/11/2018
  • 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...
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5/1/2017
  • 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...
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3/21/2017
  • 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...
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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)...
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2/3/2017
  • 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...
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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...
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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...
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10/31/2016
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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10/3/2016
  • 6 steps to securing commercial solar loan solutions
  The commercial solar industry has historically been stymied by a lack of access to capital. One of the fundamental causes of this roadblock is the complexity and variability of projects, which...
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10/3/2016
  • Tracking the Sun
Tracking the Sun is a yearly report issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. The report tracks trends and patterns in the installed cost of residential,...
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9/6/2016
  • Commercial Solar Loans - Wunder Capital
Business in the US solar market is booming. Growth is both strong and accelerating. But, as has been frequently reported, most of this growth has occurred in the residential and utility-scale market...
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9/2/2016
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One of our nation’s leading newspapers, the New York Times, recently published an article questioning solar’s economic viability in California in Why Solar Doesn’t Pay in Some States. Of course the...
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8/22/2016

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