The Relative Cost of Capital Of A YieldCo: Analyzing A Recent Transaction

Originally published on NREL. By Lang Reynolds YieldCos represent a surging trend in renewable energy finance and a valuable innovation to access relatively low-cost capital for the right players. Along with securitization and other financial innovations, YieldCos represent a critical pathway to support renewable energy project deployment and market growth … [continued]

Is Solar Ownership Poised For A Comeback?

With “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option. But giving up ownership means giving up … [continued]

High Cost Of The Solar Middleman

If there’s no such thing as a free lunch, then how can Americans get solar on their roof with “zero money down” and lower their electric bill?  Solar leasing, as it’s often called, is a clever market solution to poor federal and state policy design that otherwise requires Americans to … [continued]

Bitcoin’s Environmental Problem

The world of environmental problems is bad enough without adding digital problems to the mix, but that’s just what Bitcoin has done by virtue of being the most popular digital currency currently available.  Bitcoin, for the uninitiated, is “a digital currency which was first described in a 2008 paper by … [continued]