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Green Banking Goes Local

July 15, 2015 by Devashree Saha

Green Banking

In June Montgomery County, Maryland became the first local jurisdiction in the nation to create a green bank. Green banks provide financing for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that commercial sources will not yet provide on their own.[read more]

Financing Energy Storage: Taking Cues From the Success of PV

July 7, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

PV and Energy Finance

When it comes to solar project finance, the PV market is in the midst of a small golden age of sorts. Tax equity funds and PPAs are now joined by asset-backed securities, the potential for MLP status, loans, community solar, PACE financing, and solar bonds as some of the tools that can back solar projects.[read more]

Kentucky Adopts Innovative PACE Clean Energy Financing Tool

May 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Kentucky Clean Energy Policy

In a surprising show of bi-partisanship, lawmakers in one of the nation’s more conservative states came together last month to approve a major victory for clean energy. Kentucky became the latest state in the country to approve Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.[read more]

Clean Energy Milestone: Financing Complete On First US Offshore Wind Farm

March 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

U.S. Offshore Wind

Offshore wind, which provides more than 8,000 megawatts of electricity in Europe alone, will soon be moving off of US drawing boards and into the water here, with Deepwater Wind's announcement that its 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, to be developed off the coast of Rhode Island.[read more]

India's Green Bond: Bright Example of Innovative Clean Energy Financing

January 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Clean Energy Financing

As a new year kicks off, India's renewable energy market is surging ahead. Prime Minister Modi's government just targeted $100 billion worth of investments to support reaching the ambitious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022.[read more]

Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Project Funding

PACE programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015. California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000 homes, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes the PACE concept.[read more]


An Easy Step Forward Towards Cleaner Energy: Ending Subsidies For Fossil Fuels

December 23, 2014 by Jonathan Doochin

As we attempt to move towards a clean energy economy, numerous roadblocks remain. One of the major obstacles standing in the way might not be as obvious as the others—federal subsidies. As we seek to accelerate the world’s transition to a clean energy economy, a rational approach to subsidies is critical.[read more]

Demand Soars for Green Bonds

December 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Green Bond Demand

There has been a recent dramatic growth in green bond issuance. Supply is responding to burgeoning demand. Quite simply, investors are snapping up these debt instruments that are linked to an environmental benefit. And recent transactions highlight this seemingly insatiable appetite.[read more]

Barriers to Clean Energy Financing Could Fall with EPA Plan

November 7, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Funding and Regulation

Considering installing solar panels or weatherization to go along with the remodeling project you’ve been thinking about? Energy bills would drop and your carbon footprint would shrink, a true win-win. Whether it’s financially doable may depend on where you live, of course.[read more]

New York Green Bank's First Deals Underscore State's Commitment to Clean Energy Future

October 30, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Green Bank's First Deals

Clean energy finance is thriving in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced the New York Green Bank’s first set of deals, totaling an impressive $800 million in clean energy investmens. The projects funded by this investment will yield an impressive annual reduction of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

Which Solar Company Boasts the Highest Market Cap?

August 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Coming in with a $6.92 billion market cap (the total dollar market value of the company's outstanding shares) is First Solar, the cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panel builder and project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.[read more]

California Approves $415M for Behind-the-Meter Storage, Fuel Cells, Wind and Turbines

June 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

California's Self-Generation Incentive Program is about to be re-authorized by Governor Jerry Brown and will continue to provide $83 million per year (through 2019) for behind-the-meter generation technologies including wind, fuel cells and energy storage.[read more]

An Off-Grid Solar Energy Angels List?

June 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Finance, finance, finance. That's the number one obstacle between where our energy market currently is today and where we all need it to be: providing clean energy services for all 1.2 billion people currently without reliable energy access around the world.[read more]

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

May 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Solar Financing

The off-grid solar market is booming. From Tower Power to pay-as-you-go solar, previously untapped clean energy markets are being unlocked by innovative businesses. Now, investors are sitting up and taking notice. In just the past four months, almost $45 million has been invested.[read more]