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Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for homes rebounded in a very big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in the coming year, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency.[read more]

5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between a Commercial Solar Loan and a PPA

February 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Financing Questions

Businesses are facing an increasingly complex landscape for installing solar. While the residential market has recently been dominated by third-party financing, the commercial sector has been more evenly split between power-purchase agreements and direct ownership over the past few years.[read more]

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NREL: Solar Loans Cheaper For Consumers Compared To Third-Party Leasing

February 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Solar Loan Financing

Third-party ownership (TPO) has spurred a record level of distributed energy generation installations across America as homes and businesses lock in cheaper power costs without a large upfront expenditure – but that paradigm is about to change.[read more]

The Sol-Wind IPO: Can a Renewable YieldCo Win Master Limited Partnership Benefits?

January 4, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Sol-Wind is an aggregation of 184 megawatts of mostly solar assets (with some wind) in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The firm looks to raise $100 million in this IPO, with UBS Investment Bank and Citigroup leading the transaction. Backers include hedge fund 40 North.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

Morgan Stanley: Fixed Charges on Solar May Cause 'Tipping Point' for Grid Defection

August 7, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Business Tipping Point?

Tens of millions of homeowners could soon find it advantageous to invest in solar combined with energy storage, further distancing themselves from their utility. But will they actually sever ties completely? Barring extraordinary circumstances, the economic case for grid defection is still very weak for U.S. consumers.[read more]

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

July 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.[read more]

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

July 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Efficiency and Third-Party Investment

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found financing momentum.[read more]

Financing Utility-Scale Solar in the Years Ahead

May 8, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Hecate Energy does not wait for utility RFPs, according to Fazli Qadir, the firm's CTO and EVP of EPC. Instead, the company has gone to places in the U.S. where solar is not yet built out. With offtake rates in the low $50-per-megawatt range, “it’s harder work,” he said. “But the deals are there.”[read more]

Will Crowdsourced Loans for Rooftop Solar Overtake Third-Party Ownership?

February 23, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Third-party funding for residential solar continues to drive solar growth by offering homeowners reduced electricity bills with zero-down terms. That structure now faces competition from a plan to loan homeowners the system’s full purchase price with an affordable down payment and interest rates.[read more]