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Webinars

As an industry leader in solar project finance, Sol Systems offers free renewable energy project finance finance webinars to share best practices and provide our network with the knowledge and tools to drive renewable energy project development.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Everything You Need to Know about the Massachusetts SREC II Program

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    The Massachusetts solar renewable energy credit (SREC) program has been critical for driving the massive solar growth in the state, which now ranks fourth in terms of installed capacity according to SEIA and Greentech Media’s most recent Solar Market Insight report.  However, regulatory uncertainty has loomed since the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced last spring that the first iteration of the solar carve-out, now known as SREC I, had reached its cap. Since then, the industry has had their eyes on the development of SREC II, the Bay State’s next solar carve-out program. As SREC II nears promulgation, join SEIA, Sol Systems, and the Massachusetts DOER as they discuss the fate of SREC I participants, regulatory framework for the Massachusetts SREC II program, as well as how to price PPA rates, SREC contracts, and project economics in light of this substantial regulatory change. 

    Attendees will deepen their understanding of:

    • SREC II’s regulatory framework and how it differs from SREC I, particularly in regards to the new SREC factor and Clearinghouse auction
    • The fate of Massachusetts SREC I subscribers, including those who have not yet been accepted into the program
    • Supply and demand dynamics in the MA SREC I & SREC II programs
    • Spot market prices and the availability of fixed price contracts, including advisable SREC strategies for both residential and commercial systems
    • How to finance commercial projects in Massachusetts, including advisable PPA rates and the availability of SREC strips

    Sol Systems' George Ashton (CFO), and Jason Cimpl (SREC Portfolio Manager) will speak along SEIA's Carrie Cullen Hitt and Michael Judge from the Massachusetts DOER. 

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Past Webinars

  • Project Finance and Development in SREC States: DC, MA, MD, NJ

    SRECs are a critical piece of solar project development on the East Coast. However, as fixed price contracts are increasingly scarce, what strategies should developers deploy to maximize the value of their SREC portfolio and secure investor funds for a project? Join Sol Systems on Thursday, October 10 as we discuss SREC market and pricing trends in the most promising of the SREC states. In this webinar, our Chief Financial Officer, George Ashton, will discuss strategies for successfully financing projects within these markets, and how to secure an SREC contract in light of changing market conditions. 

  • Financing Projects with SRECs: Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC

    SRECs have been critical to driving solar development on the East Coast. However, as market conditions become increasingly complex, what is the best strategy for financing solar projects in these SREC markets? Join Sol Systems, SEIA, Standard Solar, and the Massachusetts DOER on Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 PM as panelists:

    • Debate strategies for financing projects in three most promising of the East Coast SREC markets - Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC
    • Discuss factors that may affect the value of this commodity-based incentive (supply and demand, pending and recently passed legislation, unique market dynamics such as the Massachusetts Clearinghouse)
    • Discuss SREC market oversupply and the feasibility of securing a long-term contract in these markets

    Attendees will deepen their understanding of:

    • Supply and demand dynamics in the MD, MA, and DC markets
    • Recently passed and pending legislation, and how it will affect SREC markets
    • Whether or not long term contracts opportunities exist in the markets and if they don’t the best SREC Strategy in each market
    • Factors that make each market unique and how that affects prices
    • Spot market and process for long term strips in each market
    • How to finance large commercial projects in SREC states

    Who should attend:

    • Developers in developing projects in the Maryland, Massachusetts & DC SREC markets
    • Solar investors looking to gain access to the MD, MA & DC markets
    • Solar Installers operational or hoping to gain access to the MD, MA or DC markets

    Speakers include:

    • Carrie Hitt, Senior Vice President of State Affairs, SEIA
    • George Ashton, Vice President & CFO, Sol Systems LLC
    • Michael Judge, Associate RPS Program Manager, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    • Amber Rivera, Renewables Trader, Sol Systems LLC
    • Scott Wiater, President, Standard Solar

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  • Quarterly SREC Roundup: Financing Projects with SRECs

    As SREC prices continue to rise in Washington, DC, how can developers and investors gain access to this promising market? How will the DOER’s potential rule changes affect the Massachusetts SREC market? Will Delaware’s Procurement Program provide relief to their weakened SREC market?

    Join our SREC portfolio management team, George Ashton and Amber Rivera as they discuss the latest market trends in the various SREC states, as well as strategies for financing projects with SRECs. This quarter’s update will include important regulatory changes and price fluctuations in the various SREC markets, including DC, Delaware, and Massachusetts.

  • Emerging Market Spotlight: New York

    Over the last year, New York has emerged as a commercial solar hotspot. Several state and local incentive programs have been adopted or expanded, including the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program (NYSERDA PON 2589) and the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) feed-in tariff. As these incentive programs evolve, what must developers and investors do to gain access to this promising market?

    Join Sol Systems CEO, Yuri Horwitz, on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:30 PM ET, as he moderates a discussion on the future of the New York solar market, including which types of projects are most likely to be financed and built. The panel of experts includes:

    • Valerie Strauss: Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY)
    • R. Sail Van Nostrand: President, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)

    This presentation will be especially helpful for project developers and investors seeking to better understand market dynamics and incentive structures in New York. Developers and investors that wish to learn more about developing solar in New York should contact the Sol Systems team for assistance.

  • SRECPrices.com Quarterly Commentary - Q3 2012

    SRECs have been paramount to stimulating investment in solar on the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. However, the commodity-driven nature of these incentives has created market volatility, and oversupply has led to a drastic decline in SREC prices over the last year. How can the industry ensure stability and growth in light of decreasing SREC prices? How does the market-based nature of these incentives impact project development?

    In this webinar, Sol Systems' SREC Portfolio Management team, Christine Cauley and George Ashton, discuss market conditions and trends in each SREC state, as well as any legislative happenings from Q3 2012. This webinar also focuses on market conditions in Massachusetts, which has proven to be one of the most dynamic and confusing SREC markets in the nation.

  • SRECPrices.com Quarterly Commentary - Q2 2012

    In this webinar, Sol Systems' SREC Portfolio Management team, Christine Cauley and George Ashton, cover this past quarter’s pricing trends in each SREC state, market dynamics, and an overview on any legislative happenings. Sol Systems will also discusses our SREC Analytics tool that can help solar developers and investors create custom price forecasts based on regulation, intra and inter-state trading considerations, and their own market growth assumptions.

  • Spotting Fatal Flaws in Solar Projects

    Even some of the most attractive solar projects have fatal flaws that prospective developers and investors don’t recognize for weeks - or months. In this webinar, panelist discuss common “show stoppers” in solar project finance. Sol Systems CEO, Yuri Horwitz, Joe Song, a veteran solar engineer, and Greg Schelble, Attorney and Founder of Solar Law PC, cover the engineering and legal pitfalls that they see most frequently, as well as the documents needed for preliminary due diligence and discovery. Webinar attendees learn to identify and avoid common problems to move projects forward more effectively.

  • Arizona Solar Market: 2013 & Beyond

    In this webinar, Sol Systems CEO Yuri Horwitz discusses the future of the solar market in Arizona, including which types of projects are most likely to be financed and built. The panel of speakers included:

    This presentation is especially helpful for project developers and investors seeking to better understand market dynamics and incentive structures in Arizona. Developers and investors that wish to learn more about developing solar in Arizona should contact the SolMarket team for assistance.

  • SRECPrices.com Quarterly Commentary - Q1 2012

    This quarterly SREC Commentary analyzes pricing trends seen in each SREC state in Q1 2012, including market dynamics and an overview of legislative happenings. This webinar is especially helpful for project developers and investors seeking to better understand dynamics in DC, DE, MA, MD, NJ, OH, and PA. In addition, Sol Systems demos their new SREC Analytics tool, Sol SREC Analytics, that can help solar developers and investors create custom price forecasts based on state regulations, intra and inter-state trading considerations, and their own market growth assumptions. 

    As the country's oldest and largest SREC aggregator with over 3,000 customers, Sol Systems has unique access to data in the SREC space and is working to bring much needed transparency to solar stakeholders. This was first webinar of its kind and, moving forward, Sol Systems will hold a similar SREC Commentary webinar at the end of each quarter. This webinar was hosted by George Ashton, Vice President and CFO of Sol Systems, and Christine Cauley, Director of Portfolio Management at Sol Systems.

  • Investor Preferences: Key Solar Project Traits that Lead to Successful Financing

    In this presentation, Yuri Horwitz and Jigar Shah discuss the benchmarks for successful solar development of commercial and utility-scale solar projects in the United States. Drawing from significant experience in the commercial solar space as well as data-driven aggregate statistics from SolMarket project and investor partners, the webinar highlights key characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful solar projects with specific examples. The presentation also examines the different types of investors in the solar space currently and what they are looking for when projects come across their desk, as well as what may ultimately doom or save a project. 

    Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems, developed and now manages the $2 billion SolMarket investor network composed of independent power producers, family offices, tax equity providers, private equity providers, and others. Jigar Shah founded SunEdison, one of the world’s leading solar services companies. Moreover, Mr. Shah served as the CEO of the Carbon War Room and has developed and run distributed solar funds. He now sits on the boards of a number of solar developers and financiers.

  • Sol SREC Analytics Introductory Webinar

    In this webinar, George Ashton, CFO of Sol Systems demos the features of SolMarket's new SREC price forecasting tool. Sol SREC Analytics provides a standardized benchmark for the solar industry to utilize when transacting in the SREC space. This new service is designed to bring much needed transparency and greater knowledge to solar stakeholders. Sol SREC Analytics provides users with the tools to easily analyze estimated capacity growth, intra and inter-state trading considerations, current and proposed demand schedules, and short and long-term pricing curves.

  • Bankable Contracts: Developing a Solar Lease

    Part 3: Developing a Solar Lease: In this presentation, Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems discusses solar leases with John Lavoie and Stephanie Smith of Cooley LLP. Specifically, the panelists discuss solar leases from a developers perspective, including key issues such as project characteristics, lessee rights, rent, title, and other considerations. 

    This webinar was the final presentation in our bi-weekly series on bankable solar contracts. This collaboration between Cooley and Sol Systems is part of a deep commitment to bring Cooley’s legal expertise to the SolMarket platform through a suite of electronic documents and consulting services.

  • Bankable Contracts: Key Issues in Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

    Part 2: Key Issues in Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): In this presentation, Yuri Horwitz of Sol Systems LLC and Rusty Brewer of Cooley LLP discuss strategies for drafting effective Power Purchase Agreements for solar facilities from a developer’s perspective. 

    This webinar is part one of a biweekly series on bankable solar contracts. This collaboration between Cooley and Sol Systems is part of a deep commitment to bring Cooley’s legal expertise to the SolMarket platform through a suite of electronic documents and consulting services.

  • Bankable Contracts: Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Agreements

    Part 1: Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Agreements: In this presentation, Yuri Horwitz of Sol Systems LLC and Rusty Brewer of Cooley LLP discuss EPC agreements. Specifically, the two panelists discuss general considerations in EPC contracts for solar facilities, issues discussed from a developer perspective, and issues that will vary depending on the project. There are key terms in any EPC contract, namely "scope and requirements", "warranties", "completion of a project", "financing accommodations", and "subcontractors" that this presentation analyzes. 

    This webinar is part one of a biweekly series on bankable solar contracts. This collaboration between Cooley and Sol Systems is part of a deep commitment to bring Cooley’s legal expertise to the SolMarket platform through a suite of electronic documents and consulting services.

  • Preparing for the Farewell of 1603

    Preparing for the Farewell of 1603: In this presentation, Yuri Horwitz of Sol Systems LLC, Laura Jones of Hunton & Williams LLP, and Tony Grappone of Novogradac & Company LLP, discuss how to prepare for the expiration of the 1603 cash grant with a particular focus on the best practices for safe-harboring projects and available financial structures for projects needing tax equity. Are you prepared for the end of 1603?

  • The Top 10 Tax Mistakes that Make Your PPA Unfinanceable

    In this presentation, tax attorney Laura Jones of Hunton & Williams LLP and Yuri Horwitz of Sol Systems LLC present the most common tax-related mistakes made by project developers and investors when structuring Power Purchase Agreements, and provide alternative best practices to avoid these common pitfalls. Are you taking the right steps to avoid these tax pitfalls?