The Smart Way to go Solar: Incentives and Opportunities

Sponsored by: Centrica Business Solutions

Focused on:

  • Solar
  • Installing Solar

Date: 8 October

Days to go: 16

Time: 8AM PST/11AM New York

How to make the most out of solar for your business with available incentives

In the first quarter of 2019, the total installed capacity of solar PV reached 67 megawatts in the US, which represents a 10% year-over-year increase. The opportunity to benefit from solar is still growing but with increasing pressure on businesses to address sustainability and rising costs, tackling energy needs can be challenging.

If you are thinking of installing solar, it is important to understand what support is available with tax credits and incentives, both on the Federal and State level, to reduce your upfront investment. In addition, there are several considerations when it comes to paying for your solar investment. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of different financing approaches to help you better understand your options.

In this webinar we will cover:
• Federal and State incentives and how to access them
• Different financing options such as PPA vs capital, and the benefits of each solution
• Steps you can take to maximize your solar investment long-term

At the end of this webinar, you will understand how to make the most out of solar for your business and apply the available incentives.

Presented by

Patrick Gleason,

Head of C&I Solar, East

Patrick Gleason is the Head of Sales for Solar and Storage, East Region at Centrica Business Solutions. Prior to his current role, he was Head of Products and Customer Experience, where he was responsible for product development, marketing, and customer experience, and Director of Business Development where he is responsible for developing financing products, managing key vendor relationships, and developing strategic initiatives to improve sales and operations. Patrick has experience in not only solar, but also the utility and wind energy sides of the industry. Prior to joining Direct Energy Solar, he worked at Pacific Gas & Electric, with a focus on Finance, Operations, and Strategy. Before that he spent time at EDP Renewables where he focused on wind energy, and Academy Solar where he worked on financial modeling. Before transitioning to the energy space, Patrick spent more than 7 years working in risk and strategy consulting for a global consulting firm, Protiviti. Patrick earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, with a focus on Energy and Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Alexandra Coleman,

Head of North America Commercial Risk and Underwriting

As leader of the North American Commercial Risk and Underwriting team at Centrica Business Solutions, Alex is responsible for underwriting and executing new transactions for Centrica Business Solutions. She also supports development of Centrica’s new product strategy and leads efforts to develop relationships with financing partners and developers.

Prior to joining Centrica, Alex served as Director of Project Finance at GE Power’s microgrid development business, Distributed Energy Solutions. During her time at GE, Alex led renewable energy transactions and new product introductions at GE Energy Financial Services, including the creation of a Commercial & Industrial solar equity investment platform, and held roles in marketing, services, and product development in the solar and wind divisions of GE Renewables. She started her career as an engineer at Kiewit Infrastructure Group.

Alex holds an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

Key Learning Objectives

  • The current C&I solar landscape
  • Available solar incentives and financing options to reduce investment costs
  • How to navigate all of the available options to determine the best fit for your business


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