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Newsletter: Small Utility Creates Cutting-Edge Solar Projects (11/19/2014)

The post below is an issue of the Clean Energy Finance Forum newsletter. To subscribe, use the form in the sidebar to the right. Feature Small Utility Creates Cutting-Edge Solar Projects In an Iowa community with a large Amish and Mennonite population, Farmers Electric Cooperative has become a nationally-recognized solar energy leader. Simplicity and pragmatism…

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Small Utility Creates Cutting-Edge Solar Projects

by Kat Friedrich In an Iowa community with a large Amish and Mennonite population, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) has become a nationally-recognized solar energy leader. FEC, one of the smallest utilities in the nation, is the subject of a case study by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) published in October. The case study, “Farmers Electric…

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Newsletter: States Struggle to Combine Energy Efficiency and Solar Power (11/5/2014)

The post below is an issue of the Clean Energy Finance Forum newsletter. To subscribe, use the form in the sidebar to the right. Features The Struggle to Combine Energy Efficiency and Solar Power How can incentives support a whole-house retrofit approach that will optimize energy savings and prevent solar systems from being oversized? Read…

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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…