22 Feb '13, 2pm

The Case for Solar REITs

The Case for Solar REITs

One emerging concept, supported by both the renewable energy and real estate finance sectors, is the application of the real estate investment trust (REIT) structure to solar development. For purposes of this article, an “S-REIT” means a REIT that is predominately invested in the ownership and operation of solar systems, independent from ownership of the underlying real property, and derives income primarily from the sale or lease of such assets to third-parties. Whether existing REIT rules allow for such a structure is unclear, and there are growing calls for clarification. San Francisco-based Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc. recently requested that the IRS classify solar projects as “real property” to facilitate their inclusion in S-REITs. Also, in December 2012, twenty-six members of Congress asked the Treasury Department to issue a broad ruling approving the use of...

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