October 6, 2008 - Martinez, CA) The Rahus Institute today
released a guide for organizations interested in purchasing solar
electricity without buying the solar equipment. The Customers
Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements provides an explanation
of this rapidly growing business model where a solar services
provider installs the solar equipment at a university, business,
or other organization, and the organization pays only for the solar
Using a reader-friendly style and colorful graphics, the straightforward,
easy-to-understand digital guide will help organizations throughout
the United States understand whether a solar power purchase agreement
is right for them, and if so, how to proceed.
to help schools, government agencies, and other organizations interested
in using solar. This guide explains the basics about the solar power
purchase model and compares it against the other financing options,
said Tor Allen, Executive Director of the Rahus Institute. We
clarify exactly what a solar power purchase agreement is, how to
decide if it makes sense for your organization, and how to work
with experienced solar services providers.
The free guide
is sponsored by several solar power services companies and municipal
utilities, including: MMA Renewable Energy Ventures, Solar Power
Partners, SunEdison, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Anaheim Public
Utilities, City of Lodi Electric Utility Department, and the Energy
Trust of Oregon.
19, 2009] ADDENDUM - STIMULUS ACT TAX BENEFITS - The American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) of 2009 provides additional
incentives for investing in renewable and solar energy. This 2 page
addendum discusses key elements to consider in financing solar projects.