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The Struggle to Combine Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

by Kat Friedrich How can programs motivate homeowners to make their homes energy-efficient before installing solar panels? And how can incentives support a whole-house retrofit approach that will optimize energy savings and prevent solar systems from being oversized? California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Austin Energy have been grappling with this challenge for years. Their experiences…

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Alternative Market Solutions Could Ignite Renewable Energy Finance

by Marley Urdanick How can alternative financing solutions help expand clean energy through capital markets? Industry experts convened at this year’s Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) East conference in Miami on Sept. 20-23 to discuss these possibilities. Yieldcos, crowdfunding or peer-to-peer (p2p) markets, and property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing could supplement the role of securitization and may…

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Newsletter: Solar Securitization Tackles Tax Equity Challenges (10/23/2014)

The post below is an issue of the Clean Energy Finance Forum newsletter. To subscribe, visit the Contact/Subscribe page. Features Solar Securitization Tackles Tax Equity Challenges To carry out a sizeable securitization of distributed generation assets, an investment-grade credit rating is necessary. But structural challenges unique to the solar asset class make this difficult to…

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Solar Securitization Tackles Tax Equity Challenges

by Marley Urdanick To carry out a sizeable securitization of distributed generation assets, an investment-grade credit rating is necessary. But structural challenges unique to the solar asset class make this difficult to achieve. These structural challenges were the focus of a panel discussion at this year’s Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) East conference in Miami on Sept.…

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Political Capital Needed for Clean Energy Finance to Flourish

by Carol Rosenfeld Private-sector investment in clean energy continues to grow as costs come down and free-market dynamics begin to replace government subsidies. But this influx of financial capital is still not enough, according to speakers at “Creative Power: New Models for Growing Clean Energy Investment,” a discussion held at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan on…