17 Feb '12, 9am

Solar Energy Companies Look to Capital Markets for Long-term Financing

Solar Energy Companies Look to Capital Markets for Long-term Financing

US solar energy industry participants are having to rely increasingly on private sector capital to meet their project and longer term financing needs. The Treasury 1603 grant program for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy expired at year-end 2011, leaving equity issuance and a very limited market for tax equity transactions as the only real “staples” for raising capital. This is as solar industry players, the DOE and the Obama administration expected, but it comes sooner, somewhat abruptly, and at a particularly difficult period of time. Industry participants have been preparing for these developments, and there are signs that progress is being made, however. Utilities and independent power producers with ready access to the US bond market, such as Berkshire Hathaway’s MidAmerican Energy and NRG, are increasingly getting involved in the project development and ownership side o...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/17/solar-energy-companie...

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