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Sol Systems’ Sara Rafalson and Stephanie Smith Roll up their Sleeves with GRID Alternatives

This fall, Sol Systems’ Sara Rafalson and Stephanie Smith both participated in the GRID Alternatives Women’s Build, putting their skills to the test in constructing a solar array (and learning a lot along the way from very patient GRID teachers). Smith and Rafalson both participated in Women Executive (WE) build sessions in Long Beach, CA…

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Come on & Feel the Illi-Noise: Why 2015 Will be a Big Year for Illinois Solar

Prepared in collaboration with Sol Systems Intern Mark Noll On September 29, the Illinois Power Agency released its draft 2015 Procurement Plan regarding renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance for the state’s two regulated utilities, ComEd and Ameren – and then, on the very same day, decided to release a second “Supplemental” Procurement Plan for solar…

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Ohio Opposition to Renewables & Solar Energy Mounts

Sacrificing renewables promised reduced prices for customers; but now could end up raising the bill for Ohioans. Ohio’s electrical market structure has long been based on market forces such as varying supply and demand, rather than by political regulation. But recently, moving away from an economy driven, market based structure, to one driven by political…

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13.7MW of Solar Energy Added across Eight California Counties

Earlier this year Sol Systems and Hannon Armstrong agreed to jointly  originate, structure and fund up to $100 million of construction and term debt financing for developers and owners of distributed solar projects benefitting commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers throughout the United States and its territories. The first deploying was with Pristine Sun’s complex,…

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A Look at Virginia: Can Regulated Utilities Drive the Solar Industry Forward?

Dominion Virginia Power recently announced the selection of Capital One’s Chester facility to host the first ground-mounted solar energy system in Central Virginia. Plans to install 2,500 solar panels will generate up to 500 kilowatts of electricity at peak production. This project, in combination with others, is contributing to Dominion’s goal to emplace up to…

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October 2014 Project Finance Journal

Below, we have included excerpts from Sol Systems’ October 2014 Solar Project Finance Journal, which is a monthly email newsletter that our project finance team distributes to our network of clients and solar stakeholders. Our newsletter contains solar statistics from current real-life solar projects, trends and observations gained through monthly interviews with our solar project finance…

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It’s Time to Ask the Wallflower Solar Markets to the Dance

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. If commercial solar project finance was high school, hot markets such as New York,…

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Can Financing Partnerships Make the Middle Market Work?

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. With few exceptions, most commercial projects we see come from developers going out to the market…

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Is Your Solar Investor the Real Deal? How To Be Sure.

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. As we reported on last year, sponsor equity is in abundance as new players flock to…

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The Megawatt Block Program: Setting New York Solar Up for Success

Research support provided by Eric Lustgarten. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is getting closer to solidifying the next iteration of its solar incentive program with the creation of the Megawatt Block. Perhaps befitting what may be one of the last major new cash incentive programs for solar, it could be…

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2MW of Solar Energy Admitted into Cornell University

Today, Sol Systems announced it has successfully financed Cornell University’s Snyder Road Solar Farm, consisting of a 2MW array on eleven acres of Cornell property in the Town of Lansing. The capital sources for the transaction included development capital from Distributed Sun, sponsor equity from Building Energy Holding USA and a tax equity investment managed by…

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Sol Systems to Speak on Women in Solar Energy Webinar

Sol Systems Senior Associate, Sara Rafalson, will speak on a webinar on Women in Solar Energy, a newly formed non-profit resource and membership organization for women in the solar industry. Rafalson is a vice president of the non-profit organization, where she leads communications and efforts to coordinate volunteers through committees that support the group’s programmatic…

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D.C. Releases Proposed Community Solar Regulations

On October 1st 2013, the D.C. legislature passed the Community Solar Renewables Energy Act (B20-007), making D.C. the tenth state to pass community solar legislation. However, the waiting game was only just beginning as D.C. solar stakeholders awaited instructions from the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) on how the program would be implemented. This fall,…

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Sol Systems Finances 944kW California Church Solar Project in Partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems

Sol Systems announced today that it successfully financed a 944 kilowatt solar project in partnership with its investor client, Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGES), a subsidiary of WGL (NYSE: WGL). The operational solar energy system is located at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif., and A-C Electric served as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider….

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Massachusetts Updates 2016 Managed Growth Allocation, Developers Still on Edge

Massachusetts solar developers breathed a sigh of relief after last week’s announcement. After the initial August 26th announcement that the 2016 Managed Growth Capacity Block would be 0MW, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) opened a public comment period.  As expected, solar stakeholders expressed their concern over the 2016 allocation, citing that the DOER…

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Solar Projects Aren’t the Only Thing We Bring to the Finish Line

Sol Systems Tops 360 Teams to Win 200 Mile Relay Race On September 12-13, nine members of the Sol Systems team ran a 200 mile relay race stretching from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC. Winding through hills and valleys, day and night, the team steadily made its way to the finish line, beating over 360…

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September 2014 Solar Project Finance Journal

Below, we have included excerpts from Sol Systems’ September 2014 Solar Project Finance Journal, which is a monthly email newsletter that our project finance team distributes to our network of clients and solar stakeholders. Our newsletter contains solar statistics from current real-life solar projects, trends and observations gained through monthly interviews with our solar project finance…

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Get in Line and Get Creative: How to Deal with Module Price Changes

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. The solar tariff dispute is leading to longer procurement times and altering module selection….

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Hungry, Hungry YieldCos: Will They Find Project Pipeline to Satisfy their Appetites?

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. YieldCos remain one of the solar industry’s biggest buzz words, as they should be;…

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Solving the Sub-1 MW Solar Financing Gap

The following is an excerpt from our Solar Project Finance Journal, a monthly electronic newsletter analyzing the solar industry’s latest trends based on our unique position in the solar financing space. To view the full Journal or subscribe, please e-mail pr@solsystemscompany.com. The middle market, particularly projects in the 50kW – 200kW range, pose challenges to all…

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