Commercial Acceleration of Solar Energy in Silicon Valley (CASE-SV)

Workshop 2: Economics and Financing for Commercial/Industrial Solar Projects

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Materials for Downloading

Presentation slides

Audio recording


This second webinar in the CASE-SV series, hosted by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Optony, will provide commercial facilities and project managers with up-to-date, locally-relevant information for:

  • Assessing the economic opportunity of installing on-site solar power
  • Understanding solar project financing options and trade-offs: Direct purchase vs. power purchase agreements (PPAs), equipment leases, and debt financing
  • Making the “business case” to your Finance Department and Executive Management

Featured Speakers

Ben Foster, Senior VP at Optony, will explain the important factors for determining the value of commercial solar projects, including financing structures and incentives.

Ben manages the services division at Optony to ensure that clients are presented with solar solutions that meet their specific needs and ultimately receive the full benefits from their investments. He has 20 years of experience in evaluating and implementing complex service-related projects to deliver maximum returns.

Also, Skyler Webster, VP-Commercial Relationships Manager at New Resources Bank, will present a local case study on financing commercial solar projects, and the approach they have taken.

CASE-SV Initiative

Supported in part by the US Department of Energy, CASE-SV provides no cost, independent support to qualifying energy customers for solar site assessments, education on technical and financing options, streamlined procurement and contractual processes, and opportunities for public recognition. Following the webinar, the CASE-SV team will follow up with registrants to provide individual consultation.


2:00 pm

Welcome and CASE-SV Overview

Eileen Hays and Ben Foster, Optony

Don Bray, Joint Venture Silicon Valley SEEDZ

2:05 pm

Economics and Financing for Commercial/Industrial Solar Projects

Ben Foster, Senior Vice-President for Optony

2:25 pm

Case Study Presentation

Skyler Webster, VP-Commercial Relationships Manager at New Resources Bank

2:45 pm


Smart Energy (SEEDZ)

Joint Venture’s SEEDZ Initiative focused on building the ‘smart energy’ network of the future – demonstrating and delivering leading power performance and sustainability benefits on a commercially based, community-wide scale.

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