Crowdfunding for Community Power?

Date: 19 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Back in April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and one of the most-heralded elements was so-called crowdfunding. The law sought to solve a major problem: it’s hard to finance small-scale business ventures.  Wall Street only cares about multi-million dollar … Read More

FHFA Finally Releases PACE Ruling: Did They Repent?

Date: 15 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After effectively suspending residential PACE energy efficiency and renewable energy municipal financing programs in 2010 and then being taken to federal court and required to do a revised rule making, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its revised ruling … Read More

Could Securitization Democratize Solar Power?

Date: 14 May 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After Wall Street popularized the term “mortgage-backed securities” in their destruction of the economy in 2008, you could be forgiven for thinking “solar securities” are a pyramid scheme.  But in truth, they may hold the key to democratizing the financing … Read More

Map of State 3rd Party PPA Rules

Date: 9 May 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In lieu of smarter policy, schools, libraries, and city buildings hoping to install solar power have to resort to complex public-private partnerships to access federal tax incentives.  One common strategy is the power purchase agreement (PPA). In essence, a PPA … Read More

Local Solar Could Solve ‘Massive Supply-Demand Imbalance’ in Renewable Energy Financing

Date: 1 May 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the next two years, the U.S. may get a lot less solar and wind power than it could. It’s not a shortage of solar panels or the cost of turbines.  Rather, it’s a problem of the perverse nature of … Read More

Refundable Federal Tax Credit Could Remove Barrier to Community Wind

Date: 8 Mar 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Update 3/9/12:Turns out I would be a lousy tax attorney and that the form of tax credit does not affect the passive loss rules. What if a small change in federal renewable energy policy could make community wind development easier? … Read More

PACE Financing: A 101 and Status Update

Date: 6 Sep 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A short slide deck providing a “101” on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, a status update on the legal challenges, and some of the policy design issues we explored in our report on Municipal Financing Lessons Learned.

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