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Solar Increasingly Attractive to Large Investors, Now ‘Bankable’ — Thanks, Solar Loan Guarantee Program: Filed u...

Solar Increasingly Attractive to Large Investors, Now ‘Bankable’ — Thanks, Solar Loan Guarantee Program: Filed u...

In 2009, solar technology was so unfamiliar that few banks would back projects that required billions in upfront investment and wouldn’t begin producing revenue for years, Klepper said. The biggest financiers for the industry that year were Madrid- based Santander, HSH Nordbank AG of Hamburg and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA of Bilbao, Spain, New Energy Finance said. That year, the U.S. Energy Department began funding a program to guarantee loans for solar farms and other renewable energy projects that supported almost $35 billion in financing before winding down in September. The government’s endorsement assuaged investors’ concerns and built up a bigger community of people who understand how to make money from solar deals, said Arno Harris, chief executive officer of Sharp Corp.’s renewable power development unit Recurrent Energy. “Solar is now bankable,” Harris sai...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/21/solar-increasingly-at...

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