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Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies from MassCEC

Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage...more

California’s High Speed Rail Project. Are We Done With the Drama?

Proponents of California’s high-speed rail project cleared a major hurdle this past week when the California Supreme Court declined to review a California Court of Appeals ruling which held that the state’s funding plan did...more

OPIC Issues Its First Green Guaranties – An Innovative Financing Program - The Guaranties Are Intended to Bridge the Gap Between...

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has issued its first "Green Guaranties" to provide financing for a project considered to be in alignment with Green Bond Principles. The U.S. government's development...more

PACE Yourself

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans allow property owners to finance clean energy improvements to their properties generally secured by property liens senior to mortgages through tax assessments. Moody’s recently...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

Solar bonds: SolarCity launches first US public debt offering

Could publicly offered solar bonds play a significant role in financing solar photovoltaic projects? Solar energy company SolarCity Corporation appears to think so, as this morning it filed a registration statement...more

FHA Multifamily Rental Project Closing Document Revisions

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released revised closing documents that must be used for all transactions with a commitment issued after August 10, 2014. HUD has instituted a grace period in...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blasts: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), September 22, 2014 and October 6,...

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN E-mail Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update....more

Myanmar Revises Scope Of Prohibited And Restricted Activities For Foreign Investment

On 31 January 2013, MIC issued a notification outlining prohibited and restricted activities for foreign investment (2013 Notification). For further information on the Foreign Investment Law, the Foreign Investment Rules and...more

Governor Signs Off on New Tax-Increment Financing Structure

On September 29, Governor Brown signed legislation that is seen as creating a robust new financing tool which will expand the existing mechanism of Infrastructure Financing Districts (“IFDs”) and replicate some of the...more

Renewable Energy In The Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview (3RD EDITION (with specific 2014 additions))

It is rare to find a government in the Asia Pacific region that is not willing to promote their nation’s “push for renewables” amidst an increasingly carbon constrained world. Behind closed doors, governments are well aware...more

Cash Grant Sequester Rate Increased From 7.2 to 7.3 Percent for Fiscal Year 2015

The Department of the Treasury has announced that for fiscal year 2015 the Cash Grant sequester rate will be increased from 7.2 to 7.3 percent. The announcement is available below. The change applies to Cash Grants paid on...more

USDA Awards Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC $105 Million Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has guaranteed a $105 million loan through Bank of America, N.A. to help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels build a plant in McCarran, Nevada that would convert municipal waste into renewable...more

The UK Solar Gold Rush - Navigating the End of the RO Regime

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analysed the exciting investment...more

Massive California Water Bond Slated for November 4 General Election as Proposition 1

2014 Water Bond targets state’s long-term water needs and aquatic ecosystems. Two months from today, the California electorate will vote up or down on a massive water bond which Governor Jerry Brown signed on August...more

Why the Rush to Form Yieldcos?

In last week’s post, we did an analysis of several recent Yieldcos. As we stated, a number of significant developers in the renewable energy space have either formed Yieldcos, filed for an initial public offering of Yieldco...more

Ruling on Discovery Disputes in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation

On August 29, 2014, Judge Bruggink heard oral argument and ruled on plaintiffs’ motion to compel the production of documents and information requested from the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) regarding plaintiffs’...more

U.S. Export-Import Bank Financing of Australian LNG Project Avoids Endangered Species Act Challenge – For Now

In the K&L Gates’ Global Government Solutions 2014 Annual Outlook, we reported on a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California raising questions about whether inter-agency consultations...more

The Yield Created by the Yieldco

In our post on August 19, “Yieldcos – The New “Promised Land” of the Renewable Energy Space?”, we explored the Yieldco structure and why some renewable energy companies are considering them. We will now turn our attention to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has...more

IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Construction

The IRS recently released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice) which provides welcome guidance to tax equity investors and developers on the construction of wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and certain hydropower and marine...more

HUD Notice has potential to encourage broad PHA renewable energy rollout

Housing authorities that are seeking alternate energy sources or new funding streams will be particularly interested in HUD’s latest PIH notice. It ushers in a number of programmatic changes in an effort to increase the use...more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

CHILE – Boom of Nonconventional Renewable Energy Projects in Chile

In recent years and consistently, Chile has experienced a significant increase in the development of power generation projects based on nonconventional renewable energy sources (“NCRE Projects”). In addition to Chile’s...more

Yieldcos – The New “Promised Land” of the Renewable Energy Space?

For the most part, with the exception of a limited number of projects referred to as “community wind,” America’s roughly 70,000 MW of installed utility scale wind and solar projects are owned directly or through subsidiaries...more

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