State & Local Energy Report: Closing The Solar Income Gap

by Cameron Walker, State & Local Energy Report

Incentives like these have been a boon for Washington DC–based Skyline Innovations, which finances and develops solar thermal systems for midsize customers—including multifamily low-income housing. Working with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis in Maryland, the company installed 10 systems for the Harbor House development last year, offsetting an equivalent of 486 megawatt-hours annually.

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Condominium Community Gets Into Solar Hot Water

by Anne Fischer, Solar Novus Today

In the past, solar and condos have not had a good relationship because many condominium associations veto the installation of any type of solar. But in Maryland (US) the Greenbriar Condominiums is a unique community in that it has a sustainability plan. The 1,192-unit community in Greenbelt, Maryland is getting its electrical needs met 100% by wind power and recently flipped the switch on a 59-collector solar hot water system that uses state-of-the-art, low-cost technology.

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DC Affordable Housing Complex Receives Solar Hot Water System

by Frank Andorka, Solar Power World

Washington D.C.’s city council members and representatives from the District Department of Regulatory Affairs and the District Department of the Environment were on hand for the ribbon cutting of a new solar hot water system developed by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and Skyline Innovations. The system installed at One Hawaii Avenue N.E. is expected to save money for the building.

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Third-Party Financing and Rebates for Solar Hot Water

Can third-party ownership of solar hot water scale like residential PV?

by Herman K. Trabish, Greentech Media 

Skyline Innovations has been named to the California Solar Initiative’s short list of official solar hot water system data providers — making it eligible for rebates.

Certified program performance data providers supply the information on which the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program bases rebates aimed at driving growth in the under-exploited solar water heating (SWH) sector.

Skyline is only the seventh company to earn CSI certification. The others are DECK MonitoringEnovityMcKinstry EssentionNegaWatt ConsultingSunReports, and TEVA Energy. Of them, only Skyline and TEVA are SWH system specialists. DECK and SunReports are solar energy system monitoring specialists. Enovity, McKinstry and NegaWatt Consulting are engineering and data verification services providers.

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Skyline Innovations Makes The Grade In California

by William Pentland, Forbes

While many players in the solar thermal space have struggled to survive a period of prolonged low natural gas prices, Skyline Innovations, a solar thermal solutions providers founded four years ago in Washington DC, seems to be doing something closer to the opposite.

Skyline is similar to a rooftop solar utility company, but focused on thermal rather than electric energy. Skyline’s customers use solar for water heating rather than fuel supplied by their utilities without investing capital into the purchase of a solar hot water system.

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L.A. Cleantech Incubator Is Getting Room To Grow

Work is set to begin on the 3.2-acre La Kretz Innovation Campus in L.A.’s arts district, which will give the nonprofit 10 times more space to nurture start-ups.

“One incubator company, Skyline Innovations, which installs solar-thermal systems for large residential buildings and low-income housing, has tackled more than 60 commercial-scale systems. The privately held company declined to report revenue, but a marketing representative said Skyline’s 2011 sales were four times those in 2010, and 2012 numbers doubled the previous year’s.”

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MASH: How Solar Power Is Dovetailing With Affordable Housing

by Nora Caley, SolarIndustryMag.com

Using solar photovoltaics to power affordable housing is a concept that is gaining momentum.

“It makes business sense for us,” says Scott Sarem, CEO of Carlsbad, Calif.-based installer Everyday Energy. “We figured out a way to make money while we provide a valuable service to an underserved community.”

Everyday Energy is one of several companies participating in a project coordinated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to install solar photovoltaics on low-income residential housing. The program, Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), provides rebates to offset the project costs of installing solar on multifamily affordable housing buildings in California.

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Skyline Innovations bringing solar hot water to 2,100 residents in California

by Chris Meehan, CleanEnergyAuthority.com

Skyline Innovations will build and finance the installation for solar hot water heating systems across 11 AMCAL multifamily properties in California. The project will give 2,100 residents access to hot water at 30 percent lower costs.

While there are plenty of companies out there that are providing low-to-no up-front financing options for photovoltaics, far fewer companies are offering such options for solar hot water heating. Skyline’s specialty is offering such services for multifamily residences and commercial businesses. At this point it’s operating in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii and Maryland.

“Along with our specialization in market rate multifamily properties, we are starting to take a leadership role in affordable housing,” said Skyline CEO Zach Axelrod. “It’s great to have a solution that helps those who need it most while benefitting the environment, and being able to measure and validate to our customers exactly the impact that we’ve had.”

The partnership between AMCAL and Skyline is allowing the housing developer to finance the 389 solar hot water collectors for 10 years with no capital outlay. In all, the project is expected to save residents from purchasing roughly 45,000 therms of energy annually, which is equivalent to 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity. Which is expected to result in a 30 percent discount, compared to its utility rate for solar hot water used by each building.

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How Three Young Downtown Companies Hope to Emerge as Clean Technology Powerhouses

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator is a city-sponsored nonprofit looking to grow green-minded start-ups into thriving companies working to increase environmental sustainability.

The Arts District incubator rents inexpensive office space to start-ups and coaches them on growing their business. LACI Executive Director Fred Walti has likened the entity to a farm system for developing the future pro talent of the cleantech industry. Here are snapshots of three of the Downtown-based companies.

Company: Skyline Innovations, Inc.

Founder: Zach Axelrod, CEO

QWhat is your company’s product and how does it work?

A: Skyline Innovations finances, installs, maintains and monitors commercial-scale solar water heating systems at no upfront cost to customers. Our innovative business and financing model enables us to deliver guaranteed savings by operating as a rooftop solar utility, selling solar hot water to the building at a price set at a fixed discount to their conventional utility rate. We use integrated real-time system monitoring to collect and analyze system performance, as well as to measure and validate savings. This allows us to provide ongoing optimization of system performance, as under our shared savings model our interests are aligned with the customer.

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