22 Feb '12, 3pm

Renewable Energy Financing Mechanisms and Incentives: What Can We Expect?

The main mechanism employed to finance renewable energy has long been to lower the cost of capital through the use of tax credits. The production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC) are both given to eligible companies who either start certain renewable energy projects or invest in renewable energy equipment. Eligible companies with insufficient profit to utilize these credits typically then sell them as tax-equity to investors in order to finance their projects. Eligible companies or tax-equity investors receive a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the eligible costs associated with the renewable energy project. Since the 2008-09 recession affected the tax-equity market in the same way as the rest of the economy, with far fewer tax-equity investors available, the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) exten...

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