Renewable Energy Papers

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Corporations

by David Fuller

In their efforts to overcome the challenges related to climate change, volatile energy prices, dwindling resources, and customer demands, corporations are grappling with establishing and managing greener, more cost-effective energy systems. Workable solutions vary by business category, but many alternatives exist. From grid-scale renewable power purchases to on-site production, zero-emission vehicles and energy optimization, businesses are forging sustainable energy solutions across the value chain, enhancing performance and bringing sustainability to their energy systems. What follows is a brief discussion of some of the more common and currently available solutions that contribute to corporate sustainability and energy efficiency. Read More

Climbing the Corporate (Renewable Procurement) Ladder

by Leanne Russell Fate

So you want to purchase renewable energy but not sure how to get there? Depending on your needs, it may be easier than you think. There are short, medium, and tall ladders for renewable energy procurement. How tall your ladder is will depend on what you’re looking for, how much work it takes to get internal support, and ultimately the purchase itself. You may find yourself on a tall ladder and realize you only need a short one, or vice versa. Don’t panic, the ladders of renewable energy procurement are flexible and interchangeable. Read More

A Battery Storage System Can Be the Perfect Complement to Your New Solar PPA

by Michael Pariser

As the solar industry continues to make progress on the technology cost curve, the economic competitiveness of solar power has steadily become a reality in U.S. markets across California and the desert southwest. Solar generation is increasingly becoming a significant portion of the California and southwest regions’ power supply mix, especially during daylight hours. Read More

Buyer aggregation – additional path for renewable energy purchasers

by Caroline Mead

Corporate energy buyers have firmly solidified themselves as a major driver for the renewable energy industry ensuing year after year of announced deals with consistent growth. Combining both distributed onsite generation and offsite, utility-scale projects, it is estimated that corporations have secured greater than 11 gigawatts of renewable energy with no end in sight. Read More

The Evolution of the Digital World is Driving Change for Renewable Energy

by Joni Hamson

The evolution of the digital world has transformed the way we interact and go about our daily chores, from purchasing goods and services via smartphone apps, to networking via social media, so too, the power grid along with renewable energy is being transformed by digital technology. Whether it’s solar panels on our rooftops or wind turbines on the horizon, electrons are flowing from different resources and data is collected and utilized in ways we could not have imagined just a decade ago. Read More

Waiting in the wings: The impact of solar import tariffs

by Caroline Mead

The U.S. solar industry has been flourishing for the last few years coming off the heels of the 30% federal investment tax credit extension at the end of 2015, which was a stabilizing factor for the industry. The driving force behind this boom is dynamic, but the numbers speak for themselves. Read More

Knocking on the Utility Door

by Joni Hamson

The electric energy world is seeing transformation on multiple fronts. Not only are regions experi­encing more and more renewables being added to the grid, but a significant percentage of these additions are also the outcome of corporate buyers adding renewables to their energy procurement portfolio. Read More

Sorting Out the Renewable Procurement Puzzle

by Devraj Banerjee

In June, Devraj Banerjee, Origination Associate, published an article explaining to corporate purchasers how the options for renewable energy procurement should be viewed as a portfolio from which they can pick and choose what is best meet their needs. Read More

What You Need To Know About Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

by Jacob Susman

In May, Jacob Susman, VP of Origination wrote a piece for North America Wind Power on the topic of VPPA’s and what folks need to know about this type of agreement when considering renewables. Read More

Trends in Renewable Energy Procurement: Green Tariffs and Aggregating Lower Volume PPAs

by Urosh Tomovich

In May, Urosh Tomovich, Rotational Training Program Associate published an article covering two trends that are helping C&I buyers to address the challenges they face when procuring renewable energy. Read More

Eight Essential Considerations for a Successful VPPA

by David Fuller

In March, David Fuller, Director of Origination, West Region, published an article for non-utility companies explaining the benefits of VPPA transactions and how the considerations for contracting under a VPPA are different than those of contracting under wholesale power markets. Read More

How to Move Beyond RECs and Accelerate Your Company’s Commitment to Clean Energy Additionally

by Michael Pariser

In January, Michael Pariser, Associate Director of Origination, published a white paper primer for corporate energy buyers wishing to achieving additionality with their renewable energy purchasing. The paper covers the five key questions that corporate energy buyers face when identifying their optimal path forward in pursuing renewable energy additionality. Read More