Solar Builder

NOV-DEC 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 35 term energy strategy. They should pick part- ners that they know will be with them to see those goals through to completion, and strong financial backing ensures that a partner's financial state doesn't throw a wrench in their company' future sustainability goals. Not to mention, a corporate energy provider should have the ability to offer financing options that allow customers the f lexibility to make the best decisions for their projects, from physical and virtual PPAs and leases to loans and cash. As the energy market matures, sustainabil- ity directors will have different needs and opportunities to create more value out of their sustainability investments than in the past. With this in mind, they will need to find a partner that helps them optimize their overall energy plan and not just the individual system they are accustomed to. On top of that, a great energy strategy must be simple enough for any customer to understand, no matter how experienced they are in the purchasing journey. A trusted energy adviser must go above and beyond those expectations by helping a company choose a package that works for them both in the present day and 20 to 30 years from now. After all, sustainability directors aren't always experts in all of the renewable energy solutions out there, nor should they need to be. The energy environ- ment is diverse and complicated, and partners must help sustainability directors understand how they can achieve their energy goals. Whether it's rooftop solar, a largescale wind farm, a microgrid-as-a-service or any other combinations of energy technology and services, the partner must identify solutions that shift energy from a cost center to a value- adding strategy. Craig Noxon is the VP of enterprise sales at REC Solar. Green Applications | Gordonsville, Va. | 868 kW Green Applications is a printer and distributor of textile merchandise, and this is the largest net-metered distributed generation project in the entire state of Virginia. Projects like these are helping to grow the market in Virginia, showing that C&I solar works financially. Working with the VirginiaSAVES program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement.

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