Choosing a Residential Solar Business Platform

Choosing the right business software platform—based on company business model and strengths—could help smaller residential solar installers remain competitive.

In our recent article for SolarPro magazine, we conduct a features/benefits analysis of several software platforms with the aim to help residential solar installers complement their business model with effective tools to help streamline their businesses.

Platforms reviewed include Aurora, CPF Tools, enACT, ModSolar, Solar eCRM, SolarNexus

Read the article here.

Posted on March 6, 2015 and filed under analysis.

Will Solar Plunge Off the Tax Credit Cliff?

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to expire at he end of 2016. This environment has created great uncertainty for the industry and its investor community. Industry professionals have argued for a variety of strategies, including supporting the extension of the ITC, planning appropriately for its expiration, or supporting its expiration. So what should you do?

Posted on February 5, 2015 and filed under analysis.

Efficiency is not Effectiveness: Balancing Soft Cost Reduction and Value Creation

Efficiency is about doing things right. Effectiveness is about doing the right things. Don’t be fooled by the numbers: your operation can be efficient while being completely ineffective. So should your organization to pursue efficiency or effectiveness?

Posted on January 7, 2015 and filed under operations.

2015 USSMI Event Wrap-up: Energy Storage, the ITC, and Policy Landsacpe

Last year, I wrapped up the 2013 Greentech Media U.S. Solar Market Insight conference with the themes “Solar, Storage, and Utility Collaboration” and “Focus on Operational Effectiveness.” This year, the message was related but came wrapped in a sense of urgency around the heating-up policy debates underpinning the ITC extension and the ever-complex landscape of rate design, tariffs, and value of solar conversations happening nationwide.

In our exclusive analysis for the PV Solar Report, you can read the major themes and takeaways from the 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference.

Posted on December 15, 2014 and filed under eventwrapup.