Energy Cost – eCOGS by Energy Analytics

Energy Cost – eCOGS: an Important Measure Made Possible by Energy Analytics Mo Rousso (Founder and COO, HelioPower) has written this article about Electricity Cost of Goods or eCOGS as being an important measure made possible by energy analytics. Energy analytics, such as HelioPower’s PredictEnergy software, and associated practices provide the methods to look at your business’…

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Driving Solar – PHEV running costs

  Driving Solar   Background In January, after a 5 year run in a hand-me-down Volvo, I bought my first brand new car- a 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is what’s known as a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which means it operates a lot like a hybrid gas/electric vehicle such as the Toyota Prius. And,…

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Asset Management Tools – PredictEnergy™ Asset Manager

  Mo Rousso (Founder and COO, HelioPower) has written this article about HelioPower providing asset management services to a broad portfolio of distributed energy resources (DER).   Asset Management Tools and Services by HelioPower HelioPower provides asset management services to a broad portfolio of distributed energy resources (DER). These include PV assets owned by third-parties…

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HelioPower Energy Solutions Appoints Thomas R Bietsch Sr. as Chief Technology Officer

PredictEnergy™ software platform uses advanced analytics to integrate energy and power, and plant production parameters with utility tariff cost analysis. Murrieta, CA, January 25, 2016:  HelioPower Energy Solutions, the leader in cloud based energy analytics, today announced the appointment of Thomas (TR) Bietsch Sr. to the role of Chief Technology Officer.  TR most recently served…

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PV Assets Using The Optimization Factor Methodology

  Mo Rousso (Founder and COO, HelioPower) has written this article about HelioPower managing Photovoltaic (PV) Assets using the Optimization Factor Methodology. PV Assets and the Optimization Factor Methodology Photovoltaic (PV) systems are long-lived assets with unique lifecycle management needs.  As such, they require special operations and maintenance processes to ensure reliable and profitable operation…

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Bonus Depreciation on Solar Projects – Explained

Bonus Depreciation is good news for solar stakeholders.  This article details how the return of 50% Bonus Depreciation will impact project economics. MACRS Depreciation on a $1 Million Solar Project Assume you have a solar project valued at $1 million.  The taxable basis is reduced by half of the 30% Investment Tax Credit, so it is…

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Solary Policy: Net Energy Metering Trends map

Solar Policy Review

2015 brought welcome solar policy news for solar developers, installers, financiers and electricity consumers – here’s what you need to know: US Solar Policy: ITC Extended Last December Republicans and Democrats negotiated an energy horse-trade which resulted in an extension of the 30% Investment Tax Credit. Republicans wanted an end to the 4-decade old ban on most US oil…

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An Introduction to WEF’s Energy Management Framework

Mo Rousso (Founder and COO, HelioPower) participated in the Water Environment Federation’s Energy Management Roadmap Summit workshops. The goal of the summit was to create a “road map” to help plants increase on-site energy production, reduce energy consumption and focus on overall energy management.   Wastewater Energy Management As a result of our work, WEF…

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California Community Choice Aggregation takes off

California Community Choice Aggregation programs are generating attractive revenue streams and acquisition pricing for solar project developers. Community Choice Aggregation programs allow local governments and special districts to aggregate and offset electricity loads for local residents, businesses and municipalities via power purchased from independent solar power producers. These programs work in partnership with existing utilities…

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Solar Project Price Improvement: Your project is worth more!

Your solar project is worth more than you think.  Early-stage project development, pricing and financial structuring will drive solar project price improvement, increase your profits and help you offer more competitive PPA pricing… and the key first steps are free. Helio MicroUtility drives solar project price improvement for clients This year Helio MicroUtility has helped three…

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Georgia Solar PPA

Georgia Solar PPAs are now viable, thanks to the recently passed Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act (House Bill 57).  Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are the most common vehicle for financing commercial solar installations. Solar PPA legalization in Georgia will make it much easier for solar project developers and EPCs to generate new business. GEORGIA SOLAR PPA…Read More

What Does A Kilowatt Hour Mean?

What Does A Kilowatt Hour Mean? A Practical Guide for Homeowners By Matt Rifkin When using electricity in your home, you may never think about how many kilowatt hours (kWh) you are using to charge your __________(insert energy hogging device here).  But the reality is, every device you plug into an outlet or hardwire into your…

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How do I keep my solar system running well?

How Do I Keep My Solar System Running Well By Jonah Liebes In my last post, I answered a question I often hear from solar system owners – “Is my solar system working?” In this post, I’d like to discuss ways to keep your investment reliably delivering those valuable financial and environmental benefits. Specifically: “How…

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