17 Jan '13, 2pm

Financing for Mid-Sized Renewable Energy Projects

Financing for Mid-Sized Renewable Energy Projects

Most RE projects carry a 30 percent Investment Tax Credit, plus other tax benefits for the owner of the system. A customer that is paying taxes may decide to take advantage of these and use a Finance Lease, also known as a Capital Lease or Conditional Sale, for financing. Customers with limited tax appetites, or those more concerned about keeping their monthly lease payments low, would be more interested in an Operating Lease, also known as a Tax Lease or True Lease. The Lessor will then claim the tax benefits and pass back much of that value in the form of lower monthly lease payments, typically 25 to 40 percent less than what they would be under a Finance Lease with similar terms and conditions. Sample Financing Alternatives Using the solar PV system listed above as an example, let’s assume that it will produce 225,000 kWh of net energy worth about $45,000 per year ($3,7...

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