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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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…

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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? 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 do I keep…

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Financing Your Solar System – Your Money or Someone Else’s?

Financing Your Solar – Your Money or Someone Else’s Money – Part 1 By Phil DelNegro By now, most homeowners in California have heard the benefits of solar energy and many realize first hand that solar really does work.  Financing your solar panels can be a way to offset the rising cost of energy made available…

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For Whom Does Solar Leasing Make Sense?

In my last article, I may have seemed unwaveringly against solar leasing and ppa’s, but nothing could be further from the truth. Like other financing tools solar leasing has its place in the home improvement industry along with ‘same as cash’ financing, HELOCs (home equity lines of credit), and collateralized seconds. My contention is that solar…

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What Solar Companies Don’t Tell You

Solar leasing has become a popular option for consumers over the last several years with tens of thousands of homeowners responding to ‘$0 down solar’ and ‘free installation’ offers. What’s not to like? It’s free and it saves you money, but have you ever wondered what solar companies don’t tell you? Solar leasing sales pitches…

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Solar PACE Financing for Homeowners by Matt McPherson

PACE Financing stands for Property Accessed Clean Energy. Basically funding energy efficient upgrades to homes and business with loans that are accessed on the county property taxes. In California there are many companies that have used Assembly Bill 811 (AB 811) and Senate Bill 555 (SB 555) to fund and finance energy efficient upgrades to…

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Reading between the lines of California’s Utility Tier Realignment

  Over the last several weeks, California’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) have pitched the CPUC (California Public Utility Commission) on a utility tier realignment plan. Essentially, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) are proposing the following: The number of utility tiers will drop gradually from…

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