Solar Builder

SEP-OCT 2017

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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32 S E P T E M B E R / O C TO B E R 2 0 1 7 A n increasing number of solar developers are realizing they can use sale-leaseback financing to take advantage of tax incen - tives for solar installations, and in turn, reduce costs, conserve cash, increase profitability and enhance their brands. Reducing energy costs is a major consideration for many businesses and government entities because they know that lower energy costs trans- late into improved profitability and cash flow, and investments in sustainability can add significant value to assets. Developers such as Community Energy and Monolith Solar are using sale leasebacks to finance projects that include a power purchase agreement (PPA), allowing monetization of the tax benefits, inclusive of the investment tax credit and depreciation. In this structure, solar develop- ers own and operate the system and sell the power to a third party. WHY SALE LEASEBACKS? How this PPA solution gets commercial and government solar projects financed By Doug Beebe and Luis Gutierrez

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