23 Nov '11, 1pm

US renewable energy needs new money, investors and finance models

Since 1999, the production tax credit has been allowed to lapse by Congress on three occasions, with each lapse resulting in a precipitous drop in new wind installations. The introduction of the Treasury cash grant programme as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 saved the industry from another drop, but that programme is due to expire at the end of 2011; Alternative sources of tax equity may need to emerge to meet market demand for project finance. The total need for tax equity financing next year could be more than US$7bn. That requirement exceeds the investment appetite of established tax equity providers, according to US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, a clean energy trade group; There is a vast pool of potential incremental tax equity supply : the 500 largest public companies in the US alone paid US$137bn in taxes over the past year. T...

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