installation costs

Survey: Half of Small Solar Installers Don’t Offer Leases or PPAs

December 30, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Installers and Financing Options

More than half of small residential solar installers surveyed said that they do not offer any leases or power-purchase agreements, according to a new survey. EnergySage polled more than 100 small- and mid-sized installers and found that the majority offer only cash purchases or unsecured loans.[read more]

Economics of Installing Combined Heating and Power Systems

June 23, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Combined Heat and Power Systems

With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power (CHP) systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question – how can CHP increase my operating income and asset value?[read more]

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

March 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish

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

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

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

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]