22 Dec '11, 5pm

Solar Power Year in Review 2011

Solar Power Year in Review 2011

The 1603 Treasury Grant program has been one of the drivers of a thriving U.S. solar industry -- but it is set to expire at the end of 2011. Originally structured as a tax credit, it was changed to a grant as part of the Recovery Act and was intended to fill a gap in tax equity financing, providing solar deployments easier access to capital until the tax-equity market recovered. Without 1603, many small solar developers could fail and the growth of the U.S. solar industry could stall. In the absence of a 1603 Treasury Grant extension, the big question will be how much tax equity is available, and at what price? As it currently stands, the somewhat limited crop of tax equity investors (around 17 that are currently active) appear likely to be in a position of power with the ability to increase yield requirements and squeeze project returns. However, the entrance of new tax e...

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