Posts by Tom Millhoff

Solar Tax Cut

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 amounts to a generous solar tax cut, and dramatically improves the market and economics for commercial-scale project developers, EPCs, customers, and many financiers. Indeed, the tax incentives are so compelling that I’ll just refer to it here as the Solar Tax Cut.  But change can hurt,…

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Solar Tax Lease

Commercial Solar Lease – affordable ITC-subsidized financing for smaller solar projects

Commercial Solar Lease uses the Investment Tax Credit to reduce financing costs Helio Micro Utility, the leading independent energy advisory serving solar developers, EPCs and electrical contractors, is unveiling a ITC-friendly commercial solar lease – a simple operating lease that uses tax benefits to reduce payments.  Finally – Commecial Solar Lease makes small solar affordable Our…

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Shared Solar Problems…Solved!

Shared Solar Problems – Solutions Are Coming In July Aaron Clay of SunSwarm and I presented on shared solar problems and paths forward as part of the American Solar Energy Society conference*.  Whether you call it community solar, shared solar or if you are pursuing Community Choice Aggregation, there are incremental challenges awaiting project developers at…

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Top 3 Reasons Why Solar Feasibility Study Saves Time and Creates Value

Solar Feasibility Study Saves Time and Creates Value Every day I speak with hard working commercial solar installers and developers who think they need project financing.  They’ve invested weeks of effort prospecting, qualifying, designing, engineering, presenting, proposing, negotiating… and they “just need financing” to seal the deal.  Problem is, they’ve often negotiated a deal that…

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Case Study: Solar Project Acquisition

Solar Project Acquisition for Developers and Investors Helio Micro Utility has 6MW of large C&I projects ready for NTP sale to qualified investors, and more in the pipeline.  Our solar project acquisition services benefit developers, EPCs and investors.   HELIO MU’S SUCCESSFUL SOLAR PROJECT ACQUISITION TRACK RECORD With plenty of similar projects developed and sold to investors…

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Solar Financing Guide

Going Solar is easy, paying for it is hard. So, Helio mU has crafted a Solar Financing Guide to narrow your options. Please click here to see the complete guide. The Decision to Go Solar is Easy… Click to see the full Solar Financing Guide Making the decision to go solar is relatively easy.  It usually it…

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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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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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Solar Developer Project Pricing

Solar Project Developers and EPCs take note: this is a great year to sell your solar projects, and Helio Micro Utility can maximize your solar developer project pricing.  Helio mU is the developer’s partner in marketing solar projects to the investor community, providing tailored development and placement services to ensure the most fitting project investors compete for your projects.  Our…

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Net Metering Batteries with Solar is OK in California

  Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a Proposed Decision which clears the path for economically using battery backup in conjunction with solar and other forms of renewable energy generation.  This is good news for existing and prospective solar customers, and great news if you have uneven power usage or high demand charges. …

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