24 May '12, 2pm

S&P Opines on Securitizing Distributed Generation

S&P Opines on Securitizing Distributed Generation

An opinion paper published by S&P earlier this year titled, "Will Securitization Help Fuel The U.S. Solar Power Industry?" (accessible here ) focused on a number of risks associated with the securitization of future solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) payments. Like mortgages, in order for S&P to adequately assess the credit risk associated with these cash flow-based securities, payment default risks must be understood and reasonably quantified. From S&P's perspective, much of this payment default risk can be attributed to system performance, of which there is not an adequate amount of historical information that ensures solar panel performance is maintained over the full length of most 20-year PPA and lease cash flow agreements. The main concern for S&P is that a decrease or lack of performance could eventually lead to an increase in defaults if off-takers decid...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012...

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