26 Jun '15, 11am

Don't give up on RECs - #solar

The track record of renewable energy credits (RECs) is spotty, with several high-profile market misfires leading many to be skeptical of their utility. Conceived as a mechanism for enforcing a state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), RECs - and the solar variety, SRECs - are produced by qualifying renewable energy generators as proof of compliance. Moreover, RECs have a market value and can be sold to utilities and power providers that use them for compliance in lieu of investing in renewable generating capacity. Roger Rosendahl, a partner in the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco offices of Stoel Rives LLP, says the potential volatility of REC markets limits their usefulness as a source of revenue for project financing purposes. "I was involved in a solar project in New Jersey in 2011, and the RECs were more valuable than the power," Rosendahl says. "Our financing was g...

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