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8 Ways to Make Solar Energy Installations Faster, Safer, and Cheaper

March 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Cheaper Solar Installation

There are eight key installation practices, including mounting systems, structural components, and roof attachments, that will make residential rooftop solar systems more reliable -- and help to avoid potentially expensive repair costs in the future.[read more]

Securitization: The Future of Solar Finance

November 6, 2013 by Elias Hinckley
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The energy finance community has been eagerly anticipating the introduction of solar asset-backed securities, “solar securitization,” for at least three years. But sooner or later, securitization is coming to solar finance, and it will have a profound impact on solar industry development.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 3: Lowering Customer Acquisition Costs

November 6, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Soft Costs

A lot of consumers express interest in solar, but close to 95% of those never follow through. It can cost thousands for a solar company to acquire each customer. That makes customer acquisition the largest portion of balance-of-system soft costs for solar.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 2: Lowering Labor Installation Costs

November 5, 2013 by Rosana Francescato
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Solar Labor Costs

When it comes to reducing the soft costs of a renewable like solar energy, people often think about basic things such as permitting and customer acquisition. But there’s another important category to consider: installation labor costs.[read more]

Solar Installation Compliance in Australia Just Got Easier

September 7, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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Solar Installation Costs

The fall in PV cost has created a boom for sales and price reductions. PV hardware is now a small part of the overall system cost and further price reductions are going to need to focus on soft costs such as installation, logistics, cost of sales and compliance.[read more]