26 Feb '14, 4pm

Solar Financing Models: Swimming Around the Sharks in the Water

Solar Financing Models: Swimming Around the Sharks in the Water

Dan Seif, panel moderator from the Rocky Mountain Institute, pointed to SolarCity's 1 percent default rate, several policy angles (net metering, states' renewable portfolio standards, the eventual loss of the 30 percent investment tax credit), a lack of performance history, as "sharks in the water" to get solved. What needs to happen to make solar a safer asset class and allow more capital to flow in? Omer Farooq, director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, acknowledged that activity and interest around investment strategies based on solar assets has picked up significantly in the past six months. Financing ideas such as asset-backed securities and yieldcos aren't new, but have been borrowed and tweaked from other industries. "What we really did was take structures that come out of real estate and added some nuances to it," explained Albert Luu, VP at SolarCity. The challen...

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