31 May '12, 12pm

A Gust of Wind Industry Mergers: Filed under: Energy News

A Gust of Wind Industry Mergers: Filed under: Energy News

Just this month, a new type of entrant to the renewable energy business came to my attention: a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Power REIT (AMEX:PW ), is planning to expand on its existing rail infrastructure asset by purchasing renewable energy infrastructure. As far as I know, PW will be the first company to bring the tax-advantaged REIT structure to renewable energy. Owning shares of a REIT with renewable energy assets will be much more like owning a piece of a wind or solar farm than owning shares of a traditional power producer: REIT profits are not taxed at the company level, and pass directly through to the shareholder. This structure should be particularly attractive to investors like charities and individuals investing through retirement accounts, since REIT payments are taxed as income, not at the reduced rate used for qualified dividends.

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