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Power at the Pump, Power to the Nation

Published on 26 Sep 2013  |   Written by 

By Bill Holmberg 9/26/13

America’s dependence on oil as a main source of transportation fuel is a problem. When people are compelled to use oil for almost all of their transportation needs, the situation leaves them unable to freely choose more economically rewarding and environmentally better fuel selections at the pump. Oil’s grip on the market hampers competition and fuel diversity. This hold on consumers often seems unbreakable. However, there are options available to break oil’s monopoly in the fuel market and now is the time to pursue those options.

By Aaron Beaudette 9/26/12

The second day of REFF-West began with an impassioned call for California’s renewable energy community to engage with all Californians and build a popular movement thathaas business will benefit everyone. Senator Kevin de León, speaking before a room of renewable energy financiers and developers, retraced the history of the recently passed Prop 39, and how the groundswell of support from minority communities was a signature achievement of Prop 39’s passing.

After an exciting day of keynotes and discussions, the opening panel of the second day of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF West) began with a Berc logofocus on investment banking perspectives on solar project financing. Bringing together a selection of top energy bankers from leading institutions that are active in renewable energy financing, the panel discussed movements and trends in the present and near future term and how the financial landscape has changed over the last 12 months.

Solar Industry, Ready for Take-Off

Published on 24 Sep 2013  |   Written by 

By Charles Guo 9/24/13

Are firms in the renewable energy industry going out of business, or are they consolidating to set course to finally scale? Industry experts ranging from financiers to Berc logomanufactures from the solar energy industry shared their foresights into the hotly followed solar energy industry. The panelist collectively agreed that this industry is just starting to rise. Three key strategy drivers of growth for the industry will need to come from tech innovation, globalization, and cost reduction. While instillation cost of solar PV has dropped tremendously in the last five years, the industry needs financing costs to come down even further before the industry can truly take-off. Industry experts are optimistic that the advance of data aggregation for the industry will allow investors to better understand and manage risks in their investments for this sector. As more firms develop financial vehicles to increase liquidity in the sector, experts expect capital injections to accelerate.

Financing Smaller Projects, an Opportunity

Published on 23 Sep 2013  |   Written by 

Sebastian Leyton 9/23/13

Small renewable projects represent a market that has not been fully taken advantage of, mainly due to issues relating with their access to financing. This doesn’t refer that the Berc logoprojects itself have issues, but implies that lenders mainly involved in project finance are more interested in larger projects, which involve sums over USD 100 million. Those projects are able to support the costs of a time intensive transaction and the corresponding fees, and represent a good opportunity of striking a good deal by achieving financial closing to most parties for the amounts involved. However, this doesn’t imply that small projects are not a lucrative market to be exploited and clearly represents a business opportunity.

By Jessica Hovick 9/20/13

Earlier this week at the REFF West conference, I attended the “Balancing act between natural gas and renewables” panel. Surprisingly the panel focused very little on the worries haas businessthat cheap natural gas would derail the renewables market, but instead explored the synergies available between the two.

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