The PPA could unlock the enormous potential of C&I solar by dramatically lowering legal and other due diligence costs.

Success in our highly competitive solar market is often defined by "transactional efficiency," or the ability to simultaneously lower costs and negotiate and implement solar projects quickly, at considerable volume, and with consistent high quality.

To that effect, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is working on a platform of elements to help speed the solar development process, mitigate burdensome transaction costs and scale the industry to underserved geographic markets and end-use segments.

According to Dirk Michels, partner at Ballard Spahr and one of the leading authors of the new PPA, "if the SEIA C&I PPA and embedded access license were to be used, instead of a fully negotiated PPA and Site Agreement, the legal cost of negotiation could drop from approximately $20,000 and more currently for a small to medium-size behind-the-meter C&I project to considerably less than $5,000."

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