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SEIA has a variety of initiatives designed to facilitate industry organization and promote education and outreach to relevant legal, financial, development and other stakeholders. Our goal is to improve comprehension, ease financing complexity, and spur capital formation and project development.  

SEIA convenes several committees and working groups to facilitate those goals.  SEIA also organizes conferences, webinars and other forum for stakeholder engagement and industry participation.  

In January 2016, SEIA merged with Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA) to provide the solar industry a single and consistent voice to the investment community.  

Committees and Working Groups 

 

Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Working Group – designed to facilitate deployment in the C&I sector (including municipal and non-profit offtakers) through, among other things, improvement and expansion of SEIA’s model contract suite (available here), facilitating communication and collaboration with the commercial real estate sector to explain the value proposition of solar, and expanding access to financing innovations such as PACE.  Contact Mike Mendelsohn to learn more and/or participate. 

Solar Energy Finance Advisory Council (SEFAC) – designed to open the supply and lower the cost of tax equity, debt and other forms of capital investment through analysis of securitization techniques, and education and outreach to the investment and rating agency communities and others.  Contact Mike Mendelsohn to learn more and/or participate.  

Tax and Accounting Committee – discusses pressing tax issues on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. The group is comprised of leading tax attorneys and consultants in the country as well as our member companies’ tax experts. Contact Brandon Audap to learn more and/or participate. 

Quality Assurance Working Group – seeks to evaluate, develop and encourage adoption of industry best practices in solar asset design, production estimate, installation, commissioning and O&M, and contractor qualification. The group’s activities are intended to facilitate high-quality solar installations that induce consumer and investor confidence across the industry.  Contact Mike Mendelsohn or Evelyn Butler to learn more and/or participate. 

Resources

Opening C&I Markets with C-PACE

This new whitepaper from SEIA and Alta Energy provides an overview of C-PACE and how it can be used to encourage the growth of commercial and industrial (C&I) solar markets in the United States.

Expanding Solar Deployment Opportunities in the C&I Sector

This whitepaper, developed by members of the SEIA Finance Iniative (now the C&I Working Group), explores the market opportunities for Commercial & Industrial solar deployment as it relates to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. 

Residential and Commercial Solar Contracts

Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)'s Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) Working Group, these sample contracts and Power Purchase Agreements aim to improve consumer transparency, reduce transaction costs in the solar asset contracting process, and facilitate the pooling of the associated cash flows so that they may be securitized and sold in the capital markets. Access these documents here

Best Practices in PV Installation and Operations & Management (O&M)

Also developed by the SAPC Working Group, these documents are dedicated to asset quality to improve investor confidence. Click here to download a PDF of the Best Practices in PV Systems Installation and click here to download a PDF of the Best Practices in PV Systems Operations & Maintenance.