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'Solar Is Now Bankable' And 'Becoming Part Of A Much Broader Capital Market'

'Solar Is Now Bankable' And 'Becoming Part Of A Much Broader Capital Market'

In 2011, the solar PV industry brought in $93 billion in revenues globally, raising $8 billion in corporate equity and debt. That’s a 12% increase over 2010, according to NPD Solarbuzz. In the U.S., the value of solar PV installations grew from $5 billion in 2010 to $8.4 billion in 2011, according to analysis from GTM Research. Much of that increase came from the installation of large projects. Last year, there were 28 individual projects that amounted to more than 10 MW a piece, up from only two in 2009. Two major factors drove this surge in U.S. investment. One was the 1603 grant program, which replaced tax credits, thus making it easier and cheaper to finance projects. Congress allowed that incentive to expire at the end of last year. The other was the loan guarantee program, a tool that became politicized after the high-profile bankruptcy of the solar manufacturer Soly...

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