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Green Cards for Green Watts

In the 1990 Golden Globe winning film "Green Card," Frenchman (and recent Russian resident) Gerard Depardieu and American Andie McDowell enter into a farcical marriage of convenience so he can become a U.S.

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NREL’s Geothermal JEDI: Less Intimidating Than That Other JEDI

For most people, the word "JEDI" conjures up images of distant galaxies, epic light-saber battles, fuzzy Ewoks, and fatherly plot twists. For us here at NREL, however, JEDI is more likely associated with a series of models rather than a series of movies.

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Geothermal Transmission 101

Among renewable resources, one of the most valuable attributes of geothermal electricity is the baseload characteristic of the energy resource. That is, geothermal electricity generators are able to deliver a stable level of power production over time.

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PV for All: Low-Income Housing Residents Going Solar

Until recently, the low-income housing community has been a tough nut for the solar industry to crack.

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OPIC Can Help Pick Up the Check for Renewables

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) may be the largest source of financing for renewables you've never heard of.

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Passive Loss Rules and You

As my colleague Mike Mendelsohn has noted in several analyses, the relatively constrained tax equity market may limit the amount of investment flowing to renewable energy projects. [1] [2] To help bolster the supply of tax equity, high-net-worth individuals could moonlight as renewable energy investors much in same way a corporation would.

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Geothermal Leasing In a Nutshell

Within the western United States, federal lands have abundant geothermal energy capacity. Of the 3,100 megawatts of geothermal capacity currently installed in the United States, 41% are on public lands. [1] [2] And as shown in Figure 1, federal lands constitute 192 million of the estimated 530 million acres of the potential geothermal zones.

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Wind Energy Rejoins the Leveraged Lease Club

For wind energy, leveraged leases are back. 

Noticeably absent in the wind sector since the nascent days of wind energy in the early 1980s, this equipment financing tool has been used recently to finance new and existing solar and geothermal projects [1] [2]. Beginning in late 2010, a string of new wind projects in the U.S. financed used leveraged leases as well.

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Floating Bonds to Blowing Wind

The wind energy industry overcame two key project development challenges with pre-pay financing arrangements, as my colleague, David Feldman, recently pointed out.  First, the pre-pay system provides upfront cash infusion to support the construction of capital intensive renewable energy projects.  Second

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Rim Rock Wind Agreement Reached

A long-sought-after regulatory approval nudged a proposed wind project in northern Montana one step closer to completion.