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Solar and Geothermal Tracking Reports: Project Finance Still a Challenge

Solar and Geothermal Tracking Reports: Project Finance Still a Challenge

Two recently released reports on solar and geothermal technologies show greater than 10% expected returns for both developers and tax equity investors. Yet roughly half of both geothermal and solar respondents (350 in total) reported financial issues (project economics, PPAs, creditworthiness, and raising capital) as the largest barriers to development. In light of this, only 11%-13% of respondents reported abandoning their projects. Figure 1. Expected returns on developer equity for all solar technologies and project sizes Q4 2009 – 2H 2011 Geothermal projects reported the highest returns among all technologies (Figure 1 above) with both developer and tax equity returns estimated to exceed 15%. Returns were rather comparable between small- and large-scale solar, with concentrated solar power (CSP) reporting the lowest expected tax equity returns. Although some research su...

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