Better, Cheaper Loans Challenging the Solar Leasing Model?

September 6, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Cheaper Loans and Solar Leasing

Third-party ownership remains the dominant model for financing a residential solar installation in the U.S., but that's changing. Direct ownership via loans (and other mechanisms like PACE) are gaining traction, because PV systems continue to get cheaper while financing options continue to improve.[read more]

Mosaic Expands Home Solar Energy Loan Program for Homeowners and Installers

June 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Home Solar Loans

It wasn’t long ago that Mosaic, the first company to crowdsource investments to finance solar projects, announced their new home solar loan. Mosaic is now expanding its loan program, and providing tools for installers as well as homeowners.[read more]

Germany's Energy Storage Subsidy Is No Solar Miracle

July 25, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

German Solar Energy Storage

In April, we asked if a German subsidy on energy storage could replicate the German solar miracle, but for batteries and energy storage systems this time. The answer is no. In fact, there were fewer than 500 applications for the energy storage loan as of two weeks ago.[read more]

Critical Need for Energy Savings and Loan Performance Data Remains Unmet

April 27, 2012 by

Providing energy efficiency loans could give financial institutions new market opportunities. Unfortunately, their underwriters don’t have enough loan performance information to finance large volumes of energy efficiency projects yet. This lack of information inhibits the scaling up of energy efficiency retrofits in the residential and commercial sectors.[read more]

Collaborative Financing for Renewable Energy

July 26, 2011 by Don Madden

It is no secret that obtaining funding for renewable energy projects is difficult. This is especially true for the many new players into the field. Lenders by nature are risk adverse and we have no shortage of risks.  Contractors with limited experience are a risk. Projects with ROI’s that depend on of REC values to steadily climb...[read more]


The Big Pay Off of Investing in Nuclear Energy

February 16, 2011 by Josh Freed

In the midst of talk about government shutdowns and budget showdowns, it seems like there is not any room for bipartisan agreement in the Nation’s Capital. One of the all too rare glimmers of hope comes from reviving America’s nuclear energy industry. President Obama supports it. So do Republican leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell and...[read more]

Can Energy Retrofit Loans Bring Wonderful Life to Economy?

November 25, 2010 by Craig Severance

Without George Bailey's heroic efforts to help the middle class in Bedford Falls, George's angel Clarence showed him the town slid into poverty and despair, renamed "Pottersville" for evil banker and slumlord Henry Potter. Much as in the Pottersville scene from the movie, hopelessness and poverty are now spreading across America. Americans must spend money to create jobs, but this money has to come from somewhere. Energy retrofit loan proposals are described.[read more]

Ontario experiments with zero-interest loans for renewables

May 28, 2008 by Tyler Hamilton

It's a pilot project for now, but one that could expand across the province. Ontario's largest transmission/distribution utility, Hydro One, has partnered with local utilities in the communities of Mississauga, Brampton and York Region to test out a zero-interest loan program -- called the PowerHouse Initiative -- that supports the use...[read more]

Beating Back the Coal Rush: Feds Suspend Subsidized Loan Program for Rural Coal Plants

March 6, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

In another big victory in the fight against the coal rush, the feds apparently suspended a major loan program that provided rural electric cooperatives with subsidized loans to construct new coal-fired power plants. An official with the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which manages the loan program, cited...[read more]