Finance

Taxing times

Solar and U.S. tax reform: The solar and wind industries largely dodged the bullet in the process of U.S. tax reform. But there will still be impacts on renewable energy project finance, which are many and complex, and it is hard to say what the final end-market impact will be.

China pushes global clean energy investment to $333 billion in 2017

BNEF has found that U.S. investment levels fell 1% year-over-year, with the Section 201 case hanging over the head of the industry.

Shell to acquire 44% stake in solar developer Silicon Ranch

The pioneering Southern solar developer will now be backed by Europe’s largest oil and gas company.

Coronal Energy closes on $235 million in financing for Florida solar

Panasonic’s development subsidiary closed on a combination of tax equity and debt to provide financing for 120 MW-AC of solar plants that came online last August.

Combining the benefits of PACE & PPAs

In this op-ed SEIA and The Solar Foundation explore the potential of combining PACE financing with power purchase agreements.

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Solaria raises $23 million, will triple manufacturing capacities

The high-efficiency PV maker plans to expand its annual production capacity to 300 MW by the end of 2018, with more production in both the United States and South Korea.

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Solar corporate funding rebounds in 2017 (w/ charts)

Venture capital, debt, securitization and project finance were all winners in 2017, as were solar stocks. However Mercom Capital warns that the pending Section 201 ruling could cause significant damage to the sector in 2018.

Boulder solar incentives to be available Spring 2018

The City of Boulder, Colorado will offer solar grants and rebates around March, 2018 for nonprofits and homeowners.

Many changes to wind and solar finance in the final tax bill

In addition to the BEAT provision, finance experts say changes to the corporate tax rate and other elements in the tax reform bill will have multiple effects on profits from renewable energy projects, project finance, and the value of tax credits.

Details of the fix: BNEF’s Nathan Serota on final form of BEAT in the tax bill

In this interview BNEF Senior Analyst Nathan Serota explains the details of the 80% offset under the new BEAT provision in the final tax reform legislation, and what this means for solar and wind finance.

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