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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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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…

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Bonus Depreciation on Solar Projects – Explained

What is Bonus Depreciation? 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…

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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

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…

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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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California Energy Policy – A Window of Opportunity

California energy policy has never been more clear, favorable or stable.  Three policies in particular combine to create an attractive but short window of opportunity for Californian’s considering solar or other renewable energy projects.  Let’s consider Net Metering, Meter Aggregation and the Investment Tax Credit in turn. Net Metering Today the California PUC issued a…

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Net Metering with Solar

Net Metering Is a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators transfer surplus power onto the electricity grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. Net Metering with Solar The charts below illustrate how Net Metering works with a solar PV.  When the sun’s shining the solar…

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