Access the tools, knowledge, and network you need to close solar deals, increase your bottom line, and grow your solar business. The Solar Executive MBA is technical, rigorous, and challenging. It’s the most intense six-week course you’ll ever find but also the most valuable. We developed it for leaders who are responsible for the financial details that drive solar projects. Access financial modeling tools and legal documents worth $25k.
The course gives you the financial modeling background and perspective often lacking in deal negotiations that will help you quickly and easily navigate the most complicated projects to find the quality projects you want to develop, own, and operate. The course is taught by two instructors: Keith Cronin, who built and sold his solar installation business to SunEdison, and Christopher Lord, a lawyer with extensive banking experience who works with solar companies to find viable projects and qualified investors.
Change the status quo in the world by becoming part of a clean energy revolution that requires a highly refined and up-to-date professional skill set.
The capstone project for this course means working a deal from start to finish. You'll take one of your own projects, or a sample project, through each step of the process during each week of the course, from development to financial modeling to dealing with investors, all with the expert guidance of the instructors.
Please note - You'll need a recent version of Microsoft Excel and an intermediate level of skill using the software in order to be successful in this course.
This course doesn't offer college credit toward a degree. Rather, it's an intense, targeted learning experience for professionals who need to build a very specific skill set.
- Learn how to run the numbers to value a solar project
- Learn the analytical tools and strategies for pricing a deal competitively
- Learn how to work with investors to build good relationships that lead to future opportunities
- Download and use a comprehensive Excel model for evaluating and pricing commercial solar PV projects
- Access all of the legal documents and contracts necessary to finance a project
Tools & Documents Worth $25,000
This course contains over $25,000 worth of sample legal contracts, documents, and modeling tools that you will need to develop and finance a commercial solar project.
Weekly conference calls
One of the best resources in this course is the ability to interact with the expert instructors and your classmates. We'll have weekly conference calls on Fridays each week during the scheduled session dates. The calls will be recorded and posted if you miss them.
Keith and Chris have distilled decades of industry experience into a truly unique and valuable course. We are confident that you will get your money's worth out of this experience. After the first week of the course, it you don't agree, let us know and we'll make it right or refund your money.
International Students Welcome
Although the lectures and discussions in this course focus on the United States, students from over 20 different countries have participated. They have found that much of the material is applicable to their own work.
Self-Paced Online Course
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board and reviewing project work.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Earn a Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Self Report with Certificate: 48 AIA LU Credits
The Solar Executive MBA is rigorous, in-depth, and completely worthwhile for anyone looking to further their knowledge of the financial mechanisms of the solar industry. It is not for the faint of heart (many late nights told me that). Bringing together the immense expertise and differing teaching styles of Keith Cronin and Chris Lord resulted in a very well-rounded curriculum. The combination of videos, assignments, weekly conference calls and lively discussion board felt more like in-person training than an online course! Well done Keith, Chris, and HeatSpring.”
- Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, Ambient Energy
Both instructors were excellent and clearly drew upon a wealth of experience in the solar industry. I really appreciated their level of engagement in the calls and discussions board, and especially review of homework assignments.”
- Rob McAtee, Hankins and Anderson
Commercial solar is all about financing and structuring the deal. While I had previously spent quite a bit of time doing financial analysis of solar PV systems, the Solar Executive MBA course provided me with the big picture of how all the pieces fit together. Not to mention the value of interacting with the instructors on questions specific to my situation. I highly recommend this course.”
- Dennis Kready, Kready Solarbazaar
What an amazing course. For all people wishing to know about the ecosystem around solar, this course is for you. I am sure I would have saved myself a very large amount of money had I taken this course prior to running my own EPC.”
- Greg Stace, Avensol (Switzerland)
This is the ONLY resource I have been able to find that provides step-by-step solar financial modeling instructions. If you are trying to learn more about the processes and financial analysis behind solar projects, this is the class for you!”
- Lindsay Hornbecker, AquaSan
Great course. Chris and Keith are top-notch solar experts that will guide you through the understanding of solar financing and how the market works. This course is great for those seeking a more in depth understating on how to structure financial models for different scenarios out there like PPAs, partnership flips, etc. Highly recommended.”
- Ernesto Grossmann, Golden Solar Electric
The course gave me hands-on tools and techniques to understand the solar energy business and apply to my projects. Thumbs up!”
- Diego Escalante, Helios Holdings
Managing Director, CapIron, Inc.
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...[more]