About this course

Solar Executive MBA Training instructors Keith Cronin and Chris Lord answer questions about nonprofit PPAs, and finding, pitching to and managing investors.

Enroll and you'll access...
-Over 2.5 hours of video with Chris and Keith
-A comprehensive, downloadable takeaway guide
-Advice from a $20MM solar tax equity investor [interview]

Learn about...

Non Profit Solar Financing Best Practices
- Crowd funding, investors, due diligence, passive income & lease vs. PPA agreements

Commercial Solar PPA Best Practices
- Finding, pitching, and managing tax equity investors, pre-tax vs. post-tax ROI, master PPAs, financing, working your first deal, project proposal executive summaries

...and much more!

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Course outline

3 modules • 16 assignments • 2:31 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 1 assignments
Guide to Mastering Commercial Solar Finance

  • Read the Guide to Mastering Commercial Solar Finance (.pdf)
Module 2 • 8 assignments
Due Diligence, Crowdfunding, and Finding Investors for Nonprofit Solar PPAs

Watch these Q+A videos with Chris and Keith.

  • Chris and Keith answer questions 1 - 5 (53:34 minutes)
  • [Interview] Advice from a $20MM Solar PV Investor to Commercial Solar Installers
  • Pre-Tax vs. Post-Tax ROI (10:56 minutes)
  • Master PPAs (05:53 minutes)
  • Financing in CT ZREC Market (06:36 minutes)
  • Residual Value (08:07 minutes)
  • Owner/Lessor Arrangements (06:12 minutes)
  • Risks with Non-Profit PPAs (10:39 minutes)
Module 3 • 5 assignments
Finding, Pitching, and Managing Solar Tax Equity Investors

Watch these Q+A videos with Chris and Keith.

  • Investors + Development Timeline (10:11 minutes)
  • Executive Summary for Investor Project Proposals (11:07 minutes)
  • Working Your First Deal (10:19 minutes)
  • Managing Investor Communications (10:19 minutes)
  • Vetting & Finding Investors (07:33 minutes)


  • Chris Lord

    Managing Director, CapIron, Inc.
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    Christopher J. Lord is the Managing Director of CapIron, Inc., a firm focused, among other things, on helping clients plan, structure and close financings involving renewable energy projects, including Distributed Generation and Utility-Scale Projects. Mr. Lord graduated from Cornell Law School, and practiced corporate law in firms, and in-house, for over 25 years. He... Learn more

  • Keith Cronin

    SunHedge LLC
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    What kind of world do you want to live in? Two plus decades of cleantech experience on our journey together to sequester carbon in meaningful ways. Blessed with a multidisciplinary skill set of development, finance, business, and deep connections globally. The road to your destiny is often a curved line. After a decade on the East Coast, it catapulted me to Hawaii to... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
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Is there a certificate of completion?
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Can I register multiple people?
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