Three Assumptions That Could Undermine the Expansion of Your Solar Company

The United States has quickly become one of the top solar markets in the world. This has come to be even without a streamlined national incentive scheme like the Feed in Tariffs that have propelled solar adoption in Germany, Australia, and many other countries. Though the federal investment tax credit (ITC) offers the closest approximation to a nationwide solar incentive, it demands a complex tax equity financing infrastructure in order to properly capitalize for third-party owned deals and individual tax liability for direct ownership. Instead, the market in the United States consists of a tapestry of solar policies, incentives, climate regions, micro-markets, and diverse consumer attitudes.

If you're curious about how to navigate the US market, either expanding from outside the US or from one part of the country to another, here are some considerations to keep in mind.

A New Threat Looms Against Distributed Rooftop Solar

Zurich Risk Engineering, a division of the well-known global insurance company, released a white paper in May, “Risk Topics: Photovoltaic Systems,” outlining their guidance on photovoltaic systems. Their bottom-line recommendation from this short paper: Avoid the installation or integration of photovoltaic systems onto or into buildings.

Posted on July 23, 2014 and filed under analysis.

Join Chaolysti at PV America for a Beers with Peers Session on Project and Personnel Management

Join Principal of Chaolysti, Pamela Cargill, during PV America's "Beers with Peers" session on Wednesday June 25th from 1PM until 3PM. Ms. Cargill will facilitate the topic, "Best practices roundtable for project and personnel management at your solar company" in keeping with the Lean Thinking theme of her poster presentation.

Posted on June 19, 2014 and filed under news.