Financing 101

This section includes resources that provide an introduction to different financing options for solar energy.

Solar Financing and Economic Development

Understanding how solar PV projects are financed (and understanding the tools necessary to understand solar-related economic development) is critical for any local government looking to grow their local solar market. This toolkit is intended to provide readers with many of the key resources necessary for understanding both the basics of solar finance and economic development and some of the important nuances that must be considered when promoting or pursuing associated policies or other related activities.

Solar for Economic Development Toolkit

Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility Read More »

Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar’s Value to Consumers in America’s Largest Cities

Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. In this report, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center analyzed the financial value of solar to residential customers in America’s 50 Read More »

Local Lending For Solar PV: A Guide For Local Governments Seeking To Engage Financial Institutions

Local governments are in a unique position to engage local lending institutions on the opportunities presented by a growing solar market. Governments can offer education and resources on solar PV technology and best practices for building financial models. Additionally, governments can facilitate programs that connect these institutions to customers in the community through programs such as Solarize. This guide aims to assist local governments in engaging lending institutions on financing residential and small commercial solar PV projects to increase the adoption of solar power in their communities.

Innovative Solutions for Solar Financing Webinar

Financing of solar projects remains a major barrier to the more widespread adoption of solar technologies. This webinar will feature successful solar projects from Sonoma County, California and the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network.

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Solar Webinar: Innovative Solutions for Solar Financing

This webinar focuses on how local and regional municipalities can use power purchase agreements to reduce upfront costs to installing solar, while providing additional revenue streams.

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The State of the Solar Industry

In this publication, we examine the current state of the solar industry, including the incentives and policies that support the industry. The report also connects readers to resources that can be used to promote healthy local solar markets.

Read the report here.

Website: DSIRE Solar

DSIRE Solar offers a wealth of information, data, and analysis concerning each state’s solar energy policies.

To view their website, click here.

Website: Freeing the Grid

Freeing the Grid is an organization that highlights “best practices” for net-metering and interconnection, while grading each state in detail on their respective policies.

To view their website, click here.