The Sun Also Rises: The Solar Investment Tax Credit Extension And New Opportunities To Profitably Deploy Solar

Now that Congress has extended the Investment Tax Credit (“ITC”) for five more years, new profitable opportunities to deploy solar have opened up for companies and real estate owners. Solar energy — deployed at the right locations, in the right way — makes solid economic sense. Will you reap the benefits: financial, sustainability, brand value […]

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GreenBiz Forum Reveals Strong Commitment to Solar and Other Renewable Energy with Brighter Economics

Alta Energy recently exhibited at the GreenBiz Forum 16 in Scottsdale, AZ, February 23 – 25 2016. The perfect weather and inspirational surroundings were nearly ignored by the 700+ passionate attendees who were eager to come together, share stories and support each other on their current and future endeavors. Attendees included a mix of well-known […]

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NEMA- The Best Thing To Happen To Your Farm In Decades

It turns out if you devote a small percentage of your farm to solar, you can generate substantial savings on a per acre basis. Despite the tens of thousands in electricity savings that can be acquired from on-site solar generation, utility policies have plagued farmers from doing so, until the introduction of NEMA. No, it’s […]

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Key Considerations for a Successful Solar Project

After a commercial and industrial (C&I) property owner has made the investment decision to deploy solar on their property based on an objective analysis of the opportunity, the next step will be to carefully plan for a successful solar project deployment. A successful solar project, like any complex project, depends upon several fundamental factors: assessment, […]

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Commercial Solar PV System Ownership Structures and Financing

By Howard Lee, VP of Business Development As the installed price of solar PV installations in the US has decreased by more than 50% from 2002 to 2013[1] and companies such as Walmart and Costco have together installed more than 100MW of solar PV capacity[2], many commercial and industrial (C&I) property owners and tenants (together […]

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Demand Charge – Part 3: Besides Solar, What are my Choices for Reducing Demand Charge?

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics This is the final part in a three-part series on Demand Charges. In the first installment, we covered the basics of “demand” and “demand charge” concepts in an electric rate structure. In the next section, we addressed how solar a generation system can be used to reduce […]

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Demand Charge – Part 2: How can Solar Reduce Demand Charge?

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics This is the second part in a three-part series on Demand Charges. In the first installment, we covered the basics of demand and demand charge. This time we’ll address how solar can (in theory) be used to reduce the demand charge portion of your electric bill. We’ll […]

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Demand Charge – Part 1: Understanding Demand Charges

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics More and more often in solar conversations, the topic of demand charge arises, but there’s still confusion about the subject. Over the next several weeks, Alta Energy will run a blog series designed to help you better understand the intricacies of demand charges, how a solar system […]

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A Look at Utility Rate Increases: Reasons for Growing a Solar Hedge

By Kimberly Ja, Incentives & Solar Modeling Analyst There are many reasons for consumers to be interested in solar as an alternative to utility-supplied electricity. Strategic deployment of solar distributed generation provides increased independence from the grid, environmental benefits, and reduced cost of energy. The last category involves more than offsetting a consumer’s current costs […]

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Solar Surging: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Solar Year

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics Despite concerns about the state of the economy and trouble in the solar manufacturing sector, 2012 was a banner year for the solar energy industry.  Looking forward, this momentum seems to be carrying over into 2013, likely propelling solar to its best year yet. Official figures have […]

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