18 May '12, 8am

Solar Energy Securitization on the Horizon as Industry Players Look for New Finance Vehicles

The recent U.S. residential housing and mortgage market collapse gave securitization a bad name, but the practice of aggregating and dicing up residential solar PV system leases and commercial solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) is bound to play a growing role in solar and renewable energy finance going forward. Finding alternative means of financing poses the biggest challenge to industry participants with expiration of federal government investment and production tax credits (ITCs and PTCs) looming and renewal uncertain. Tax equity financing has been the primary private-sector vehicle for financing solar energy companies and projects, but the tax equity market is too small and narrow to accommodate the scale of capital investment necessary if US solar and renewable energy installations are to continue growing apace. That has industry participants working with bankers ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/18/solar-energy-securiti...

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