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Residential Solar and the Uniform Commercial Code: A Primer on Solar-Financiers’ Rights in a Home Foreclosure

U.S. residential solar PV has been growing at a breakneck pace. Annual installations have increased nearly five-fold in the past five years and, in 2014, surpassed annual commercial capacity additions for the first time in the history of PV market tracking.

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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]

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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)

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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)

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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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Risk and Finance in the PV Industry

Emerging from the 2008 financial crisis with new incentives, innovative business models, and rapidly declining costs, photovoltaics (PV) have gone on to achieve installation at rates unprecedented in their 40 year-long U.S. commercial history. And, despite some headwinds, PV deployment will likely see sustained levels of investment and deployment in the near term.

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Emerging Markets: The Next Frontier for PV Developers?

Emerging markets have been hot investment opportunities since the end of the Cold War and with the rapid globalization of the late 20th century. Now the solar industry, looking for lifelines outside of its bread-and-butter markets of Europe and the U.S., is also getting in to the emerging markets game.

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Drilling for Dollars: Notable Developments in Geothermal Finance

Geothermal capacity additions are on track to top 100 MW in 2012, making this year one of the best for geothermal deployment in the last decade [1,2]. This could be a tentative sign that conditions have been improving for geothermal finance (traditionally, finance has been one of the principal barriers to the technology's wider adoption).

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To Insure or Not to Insure: PV’s New Fangled Warranty Insurance Option

It is no secret that the last couple years have been rough for PV manufacturers globally. Panel makers have had to contend with compressed profit margins and an oversaturated market, both of which have driven many firms to shutter operations and enter into bankruptcy protection.

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Document Standardization: It’s Not Just for Pencil Pushers Anymore

The U.S. renewable energy industries are persistently on the hunt for means of cutting down the cost of delivered energy. For example, in the case of solar, module costs have historically been the prize game.  Although, now that modules are selling at bargain-basement prices worldwide, attention has shifted to "soft cost" components.