Finance Briefs & Reports
sunONE Performance Report (June 2011)
DSun’s sunONE portfolio is fully operational and generating cashflow as of Feb 2011. The Installed capacity of 573 kW across four states exceeds initial plans for 465 kW by 23%. As of June, 2011, sunONE has returned 102% of invested capital in cash and tax distributions to sunONE investors, and is on track to exceed promised yield.
Renewable Energy Project Finance in the US: 2010-2013 (January 2012)
Mintz Levin is pleased to provide a new report on the availability of project financing for renewable energy projects. The report analyzes project financing trends for utility-scale renewable power projects and biofuel refineries in the United States, and forecasts supply and demand levels through 2013.
Levelizing the Field: Advancing Competence & Best Practice with LCOE Analysis (June 2011)
The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is the metric that takes account of all costs over the life cycle of a system relative to its expected lifetime energy output. Using the LCOE parameter, solar energy and other renewable fuel sources are shown to hold a strong advantage over fossil fuel-powered conventional power plants.
Company Reports & Newsletters
The Distributed Solar Network: A Unique Partnership with Distributed Sun (January 2012)
Acquiris Abstract (December 2011)
ACQUIRIS™ is a DDDM (data-driven, decision-making) reference tool for solar business intelligence and project selection. This latest addition to D-SUN’s analytical toolkit provides a steady, reliable compass to guide business development and project finance decisions toward those projects most likely to be successfully “banked” and commissioned, and ultimately, to deliver their promised yield.
Distributed Sun - A Solar Innovations Newsletter (November 2011)
• D-Sun and Cornell partner on largest net-zero academic campus in NYC
• D-Sun launches Distributed Solar Network
• D-Sun prepares to construct cluster of 29 commercial rooftops in DE
• 1.1 MW solar canopy nearing completion in Cherry Hill, NJ
Industry Reports & Studies
Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech On a Path To Subsidy Independence (April 2012)
In the absence of significant and timely energy policy reform, the recent boom in US clean tech sectors could falter.This Brookings Institution report takes stock of the coming changes to federal clean tech subsidies and programs and charts a course of policy reform that can advance the US clean tech industry beyond today’s cycle of boom and bust.
Analysis of the Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by the 1603 Treasury Grant (April 2012)
This analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides estimates of the direct and indirect jobs and economic impacts of projects supported by the 1603 Treasury grant program. The analysis employs the Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (JEDI) models to estimate the gross jobs, earnings, and economic output supported by the construction and operation of the large wind (greater than 1 MW) and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects funded by the 1603 grant program.
The return - and returns - of tax equity for US renewable projects (November 2011)
The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report summarizes the outlook for U.S. based renewable energy financing in 2012. The report provides a comparative analysis of various renewable energy investments and their respective tax credit structure. In the course of highlighting how, much like in the pre-1603 environment, tax credits were the key economic driver in support of renewable energy investments; Bloomberg New Energy Finance depicts the growth of the renewable energy sector as closely linked with the availability of tax equity investment.