29 May '12, 10pm

A Renewable Energy REIT?

One idea that's been put forward to finance renewable energy projects over the long term, in addition to green bonds, is using a REIT structure. REITS, which are commonly used to finance real estate development, could similarly be used to finance renewable energy infrastructure. Everyone would then be able to invest and get a direct stake in solar, wind and other projects. "Solar real estate investment trusts (S?REITs) are particularly applicable because of the nature of the technology, particularly its dependable output independent of most market risks (e.g, fuel price increases and risks related to new greenhouse gas regulation) and its long useful life," says Joshua Sturtevant in a paper on the subject. Currently, the IRS limits REITs to specific types of real estate assets, so the tax code would have to be broadened as well as clarified to allow proceeds from power pur...

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