In today's popular solar publications the focus is unerringly on solar's leading edge: technology, technique and policy, with occasional forays into finance and sales. What is often missing is cogent discussion on solar's trailing edge: operations and maintenance.

Interestingly, it is the unpredictable that we have the most control over through O&M. This fact, coupled with an adequate O&M budget, lowers performance risk and improves the financial attractiveness of a SEF to our financial partners. Lower risk results in lower finance costs that more than pay for the cost of O&M.