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Tapping Underserved Solar Markets: Can We Extend Solar Deployment into Customer Sectors with Lower or No Credit?

Distributed solar deployment is often a game of off-taker credit. That is, behind-the-meter project success depends largely on whether the end-use customer has credit sufficient to support a long-term power contract or lease.

Travis Lowder's picture

New NREL Report Explores Solar Securitization

A flow chart of a generalized solar securitization transaction

Figure 1. Generalized solar securitization transaction. Green arrows represent cash flows, blue arrows indicate structuring [2]

NREL's Securitization Library is Your Go-To Source for All Things Securitization

A significant portion of the NREL Project Finance Team's work over the past year has been leading the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group, which has brought together many of the critical stakeholders in the solar, finance, legal, and advisory spaces to lay the groundwork for the securiti

Michael Mendelsohn's picture

Where is All the Utility Investment? Are Utilities Missing an Opportunity to Finance Solar and Storage?

It's an exciting time for the solar industry. Deployment is up sharply—photovoltaics (PV) alone have seen 73% annual growth, on average, from 2000 through 2012, and costs are down dramatically over that same period [1].

Travis Lowder's picture

How Could Securitization Debt Fit with Tax Equity in the Solar Financial Landscape? Pt. II

This article was coauthored by Ronald S. Borod of DLA Piper LLP (US)

Travis Lowder's picture

How Could Securitization Debt Fit with Tax Equity in the Solar Financial Landscape? Pt. I

This article was coauthored by Ronald S. Borod of DLA Piper LLP (US)

SAPC Standard Contracts Now Available

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Updates from the Solar Access to Public Capital Working Group

Back in November 2012, the NREL finance team convened its first assembly of the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group.

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These solar REIT pioneers are mining the sun for "good income"

For the past few years, solar industry stakeholders have imagined a future where the general public has the ability to invest in pure-play renewable energy real estate investment trusts (REITs) that finance and construct both utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic (PV) projects in the United States. While these stakeholders wait for this reality to come to fruition, existing REITs alre

Introducing CREST for Mac

The Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST) model suite is now available for Mac OS X. Click here to download.