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Investing in Solar: Where to Begin?

Apr 12, 2021 8:55:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Investing

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The solar market is heating up as the political climate changes in the USA. Wondering how to take advantage of great returns by investing in solar, but not sure where to start? We've listed a few options for individuals, businesses, and corporations to get started investing in solar.

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Making a Solar Project Appeal to Investors

Mar 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM / by Daniel Gonzales posted in Solar, Finance, Investing

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When you're a homeowner who wants to invest in placing solar panels on their roof, you either float the capital upfront or you finance with the solar company you choose to work with. The same options are available for commercial and industrial (C&I) clients who want to install a solar system at their place of business with the addition of a third option known as third-party ownership: an investor may also finance the project and ultimately own the system, while the business or corporation signs a contract to purchase the electricity produced from the solar project instead of owning the equipment. 

Investors in commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects look for projects that

1. Have the right tax credit structure and return profile, while passing ESG investment diversity tests,

2. Have a creditworthy offtaker (either investment grade, or with strong historical financials),

3. Use bankable or "Tier-1" equipment, and

4. Can be built correctly and on time.

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Translating Sustainability Initiatives into Business Operational Plans

Mar 15, 2021 8:55:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Insider, Solar, Investing, Sustainability

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Sustainability. It's a trending business initiative and seems like it's everywhere these days, making it's way into the C-suite at companies. But beyond this trend, what does sustainability actually mean, and more importantly, how do we translate sustainability goals into actual operational plans?

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Procuring Renewable Energy is Key to Making ESG Programs Work

Mar 1, 2021 9:49:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Insider, Solar, Investing, Sustainability

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Sustainability. It's a trending business initiative and seems like it's everywhere these days, making it's way into the C-suite at companies. But beyond this trend, what does sustainability actually mean, and more importantly, what does it look like in action?

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How To Finance C&I Solar Projects

Feb 22, 2021 10:18:00 AM / by Joaquin Altenberg posted in Solar, Finance, Tax Equity, Investing

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Financing Commercial and Industrial (C&I) solar projects can be challenging, and for a myriad of reasons. We share our tried-and-true methods for pushing through each challenge and successfully financing C&I solar projects below.  

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The Future of Clean Energy

Feb 16, 2021 10:03:05 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Solar Technology, Investing

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Microgrids, battery storage, and high efficiency solar panels are the future of renewable energy. 

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Solar Tax Equity 102: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Feb 1, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Joaquin Altenberg posted in Solar, Finance, Tax Equity, Investing

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This blog is intended to dive deeper into the subject of tax equity for solar projects. The prior blog opened up with a series of common questions (Solar Tax Equity 101) and answers. In this post, we discuss the most common tax equity structure and touch on why companies choose to invest in tax equity.

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Is A Solar Energy System Right for My Business?

Jan 25, 2021 10:45:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Investing

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It’s trendy.

It’ll save my business money.

I want to go green.

I don’t want to pay high electricity prices anymore.

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