Sara Rafalson's Blog Posts

Sol Systems - April 16, 2015

Legalize It: Behind the Movement to Make PPAs Legal

The PPA dominoes are beginning to fall: Iowa, South Carolina, and Georgia have opened up their markets to third party financing. North Carolina is among the states that may be next....

Sol Systems - April 16, 2015

Keep the Ship Sailing Smoothly in a Lumpy Solar Development Seascape

Nobody likes to sleep on a lumpy mattress, or to eat lumpy mashed potatoes, cream of wheat, or grits. Solar developers and investors don’t like lumpy solar markets either, but that...

Sol Systems - April 15, 2015

Prepaid PPAs: Nice, but “Nichey”

For commercial and small utility-scale solar, the prepaid PPA is a great idea — in theory. By prepaying for expected generation over the contract term, the long term price that the...

Sol Systems - March 31, 2015

Is Community Solar Coming to Maryland?

Although renters or homeowners with shaded roofs may be ineligible to “go solar” themselves, they can subscribe to a share of a community solar project so that a portion of their electric...

Sol Systems - March 20, 2015

Why Option R is a Big Deal for Southern California’s Commercial Solar Market

Rate structure changes in favor of demand charges in both the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) utility territories have discouraged the development...

- March 17, 2015

Will 2015 Be the Year of Commercial Solar?

The numbers are out. Greentech Media and SEIA’s latest Solar Market Insight Report showed that commercial-scale solar’s growth has been less than impressive. In fact, their research...

- March 17, 2015

Are Company Acquisitions the Best Way for Utilities to Acquire Solar Pipeline?

In an attempt to get in on the solar game, there has been a trend whereby utilities are acquiring commercial solar companies. Most recently, Duke announced that it had acquired a major...

- March 16, 2015

Why QFs Should Qualify for Your Attention

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) was implemented to encourage, among other things, the development of renewable energy sources. Under PURPA, electric utilities...

Sol Systems - February 23, 2015

Will Commercial Solar Offtakers Ever Accept Form Legal Documents?

“We can unlock the potential of the commercial and industrial (C&I) solar market if we only had form legal documents!” says everyone, all the time. If only it were that simple. Rule...

Sol Systems - February 19, 2015

February 2015 Solar Project Finance Journal

Below, we have included excerpts from Sol Systems’ February 2015 Solar Project Finance Journal, which is a monthly email newsletter that our project finance team distributes to our...

Sara Rafalson

Sara Rafalson

Sara Rafalson handles business development and strategic partnerships for Sol Systems' SREC business. She also oversees the Sol Systems customer service team, which covers 4,000 customer accounts and nearly 50 MW in capacity. Ms. Rafalson's...

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