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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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California Retail Ratemaking Bill is Suddenly in the Spotlight – Why Does it Matter?

By Cynthia Clark, Manager of Utilities & Incentives For several reasons, actually: •It’s not just about California – as an early adopter of solar and a market bell-weather, the outcome is likely to influence policies across the U.S. going forward. •It’s not just about Solar – lessons learned in the developing solar industry are often […]

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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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Natural Gas and PV Solar: Can’t we all just get along?

We are often asked “How will solar become competitive when natural gas is so abundant and priced so low in the U.S.?” A simple question – but one that begs for a complex answer. First, let’s look at some data on the Natural Gas environment: Over 90% of all generation capacity added in the U.S. […]

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