Sustainable Women Series: Tips for Contractors, The Future of Solar & Workforce Development
The solar industry is booming, and there’s a lot to keep track of. From system configuration to energy storage, O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and beyond, the job of Franklin Beach Energy’s Managing Director Carter Wall is never really done. Sustainable woman Carter discusses her career, trends in solar, tips for contractors, faulty O&M contracts, preventative maintenance and workforce diversity. Read More
Commercial Solar: A Potential Revenue Source for Property Owners
A drop in solar panel costs is driving greater deployment of this technology. At the same time, this technology is so new that interested parties may struggle to know exactly what will work best for their businesses in the long run. Carter Wall of Franklin Beach Energy and Florence Davis of Day Pitney LLP explain the details of contracting for solar use and how to determine if it’s right for your business. Download PDF
Documents! What Every Solar Owner Needs to Have in Their Files
There are so many important documents that you will need in the course owning your solar, but no solar owner I’ve worked for has ever received all these as part of their construction contract. I’ve put this list together to help anyone who is constructing a new system or buying an operating asset – items on this list should be part of any EPC contract or purchase and sale transaction. Consider pasting this list into your EPC contract as a requirement for your final payment. Download PDF
Steps to Creating and Selling RECs in Massachusetts
With so many solar energy systems coming on line in Massachusetts, the process of creating and selling Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) can be confusing. This is a basic overview of the steps involved. Read More.
Buying Solar Power – Quick Facts for Business Owners
Incentives from the Massachusetts state government currently offer very favorable economics for building and owning solar electricity generating systems. Many solar developers are building these systems and offering the power at discounted prices to commercial power consumers such as businesses, municipalities, and institutions. This can be a good opportunity for these electricity consumers to save money on their power bills. This is a brief description of how these agreements work, and what buyers should look for in a contract. Read More.
Pre-Owned Solar: A Due Diligence Checklist
The installed base of solar assets in operation has grown tremendously in the past 5 years. Predictably, this has also meant a rising number of transactions involving solar assets that have been in operation for a number of years.
So how do you kick the tires on a pre-owned solar system? Buyers appropriately focus mainly on the physical condition of the system, and any experienced solar engineer can supply you with a thorough report on the system you’re buying.
But beyond engineering there are a multitude of details that will drive value for you. This is a list to use in addition to an engineering inspection, prior to the purchase of an operating solar energy system. Read More.
Consultant: Deficient project pipeline sends yieldcos chasing operating solar assets
After a slow 2014 for solar energy deals in the U.S. Northeast, M&A activity in the region picked up over the first five months of 2015, according to a renewable energy industry expert.
Publicly traded yieldcos and private groups of investors are becoming more aggressive in targeting operating solar assets in the region, said Carter Wall, managing director of consulting firm Franklin Beach Energy who works with clients in the Northeast. “I talked to one company on the phone about a year ago, and they were not interested in operating assets, at least in my market,” Wall said in an interview. “I talked to the same guy from the same company a couple weeks ago, and he said, ‘We’ll take whatever you got.'” Read More.
Solar Ownership Change: How to Transfer an Existing Massachusetts Solar Asset to a Different NEPOOL Account
With more and more solar energy systems changing hands, it can be confusing figuring out how to change the asset’s NEPOOL, PTS and DOER SQA information. This is a basic guide for solar owners. Download PDF
Franklin Beach Owner, Carter Wall, featured in U.S. DOE “Women in STEM” series on the White House blog