Welcome to AE 878: Solar Project Development and Finance!
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Quick Facts about AE 878
Instructor & Author
Susan Stewart, Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.
Unit 1: Bevin Etienne, Murphy International Development; Alex Wiker - licensed Pennsylvania attorney with a background in environmental law and and international solar laws, policies and project development processes; Dan Swayze, Birdsall Services Group (now with T&M Associates); Chris Cook, Solar Grid Storage; and Prof. Jeffrey Brownson.
Unit 2: Maureen Mulligan & Dan Griffiths; Alex Wiker - licensed Pennsylvania attorney with a background in environmental law and and international solar laws, policies and project development processes; Chris Cook, Solar Grid Storage; John McCawley, PECO Energy; Rusty Haines, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP; and Prof. Seth Blumsack.
Unit 3: Prof. Seth Blumsack; Andy Black, Ongrid Solar; Gary Kleiman, Gemstone Group; Dan Dobbs & Chris Cook, Solar Grid Storage; and Tom Peters, Scalo Solar.
Unit 4: Julie Golofsky, GE
AE 878 examines the theories and practices of photovoltaic system policies, business development, and financing with the goal of preparing students to conduct an investment-grade solar energy system proposal and financing plan considering policy implications of the plan as well as the project impact to stakeholders. Topics include an overview of the solar energy project development process, lifecycle cost analysis for solar energy systems, energy project cost accounting and engineering economics, energy policy (federal, state and local), influence of energy policy on the private enterprise including factors affecting the solar business climate, mechanics of legislation and interplay with regulatory agencies, impact of policy on the solar industry supply chain, financial analysis tools for screening audits and investment-grade audits, marketing solar energy to industrial, commercial, and residential clients, integration of energy efficiency and solar proforma, integrated energy efficiency and renewable energy analysis tools, innovations and trends in solar financing, and case study analyses.