GreenTech Media reported yesterday that the Home Star Program is set to benefit the green construction industry in many ways, including those working in solar.  Creating more funds for solar financing, including the growing movement around PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs is part of Washington program initiatives.  The article reported: With President Obama asking…

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By Derek Girling, HelioPower Solar Energy Consultant The newest, most exciting trend in residential solar today is on the financing side. Leases and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) make solar available to almost every homeowner. Radio airwaves are thick with companies pitching “No Money Down” or even “Cash Back” offers. A well structured solar financing agreement…

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Solar Financing Structure Empowers Tax Disregarded Entities to Reap ARRA and Rebate Benefits   By Steve LoRusso Vice President, Commercial Sales, HelioPower   Nonprofits have seemingly been out of the luck when it came to monetizing the 30% federal cash grant for renewable energy installations provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Tax…

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By Derek Girling, HelioPower Solar Consultant 2009 was a watershed year for residential solar photovoltaic (solar PV) installations in California. Lower panel costs coupled with the uncapping of the Federal Personal Tax Credit (previously limited to $2,000) made solar PV more affordable than ever. Factor in announced rate increases from state utilities and you can…

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