29 Dec '11, 9pm

New Financing Mechanism: Solar-backed Securities #solarenergy

New Financing Mechanism: Solar-backed Securities #solarenergy

Project developer Welspun Energy told Bloomberg that it has been talking to an Indian bank that wants to create securities backed by Welspun’s first solar power plant. Welspun Energy is part of Welspun Group , an Indian conglomerate that has built its fortunes in businesses such as textiles and pipes. Buyers of the securities would get payments from the revenues generated by the project. Creating securities backed by assets or debt isn’t a new financial instrument — we have all heard about mortgage-backed securities and the havoc they can create when lenders don’t do a good job of screening home loan applicants. But solar is not nearly as old and established as the housing market, so a tough challenge is to convince financial institutions, rating agencies and any organization that can guarantee securities that solar is an investment that will provide good, long-term return...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011...

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