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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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Case Study: Blue Ocean Strategies For A Red Ocean Market

Architecting HelioPower: Blue Ocean Strategies for a Red Ocean Market For those of us in the rooftop solar business, the above quote from www.blueoceanstrategy.com sounds all too familiar.   Costs of sales and marketing in the rooftop market have grown tremendously. In the case of the Great Whites of the ocean, like SolarCity, these costs represent…

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Case Study: Replacing Foreign Oil with Domestic Solar

Replacing Foreign Oil with Domestic Solar   I believe that most people want to ‘do the right thing’ for the environment, their community, and feel that if they can save money in the process, it’s a bonus. For decades, we have been told that the right thing to do for our country is to reduce…

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Stopping PV Installations

Stopping PV Installations For this week, Jonah Liebes writes about certain people’s attempts at stopping PV installations. ATTENTION: This is not a test. This is an actual emergency. There are people in this world who want to stop PV installations. These are the same people that claim your cell phone is giving you brain cancer and…

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Case Study: How We Are an Integrated Energy Services Company

An Integrated Energy Services Company By: Jonah Liebes   As part of a rapidly expanding solar energy industry, HelioPower has been on the forefront of technology integration and product development. Over the years, manufacturers such as Sharp Electronics, Enphase, KACO New Energy, Solar Edge, Canadian Solar and Hyundai Heavy Industries have relied on HelioPower’s team of…

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Vision and Mission at HelioPower

Vision and Mission of HelioPower By Mo Rousso Mo Rousso depicts HelioPower’s Vision and Mission in the next installment of his Energy Talking Points.       As some of you know, I recently retook the helm of HelioPower as its President.  I had stepped away for a while to pursue some other areas of…

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History of HelioPower – My 15 Year Journey

The History of HelioPower – The Beginning By Mo Rousso, Founder, HelioPower Mo Rousso, Founder of HelioPower, reflects upon the history of HelioPower and his 15 year journey with the company.   Fifteen years ago this month, the idea of HelioPower was born. I had just come off of one of the worst years in tech,…

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Top 7 Reasons Why I Hate Solar!

Top 7 Reasons I Hate Solar! After working at HelioPower for the past 13 years, I’ve come to realize…I hate solar.  I’ve heard a lot about how great solar energy is for consumers, the economy and the planet. Blah, Blah, Blah. Solar is awesome, saving money is good, pollution is bad- it’s like a mantra around here…

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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 operates a lot like a hybrid gas/electric vehicle such as the Toyota Prius. And, when you generate electricity…

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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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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

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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