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Solar Power International 2017 Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panel discussions at Solar Power International in Las Vegas on September 11 and 12. The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and were prepared without the benefit of...more

FERC Declares Tax Equity Investments Involving Specific Consent and Veto Rights Do Not Require Prior Authorization from FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a declaratory order on October 4, 2017, confirming that the purchase and sale of passive tax equity interests in project companies or their upstream owners does not require...more

FERC and IRS Diverge on Approaches to Tax Equity Investors

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have recently taken different approaches to issues raised by tax equity investors that have invested specifically in renewable energy...more

FERC Confirms that FPA Section 203 Approval is Not Required for Tax Equity Investment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has issued a declaratory order confirming that no approval under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) is required in connection with the transfer or issuance of passive...more

Tax Equity Investors Wave Goodbye to FPA Section 203

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Tax equity investments, and potentially other passive investments, in renewable energy just became that much easier to make. Today, in response to a petition for declaratory order filed in January 2017 by a coalition of...more

NREL’s Wind Finance Report Highlights

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a federally-owned laboratory that is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, recently released a report titled Wind Energy Finance in the United States: Current Practice...more

DOE’s 2016 Wind Market Report – Tax Equity Highlights

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released its 2016 Wind Technologies Market Report. The 94-page report provides an in-depth review of the current health and direction of the wind industry, replete with data, analysis...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar, wind competitive leasing program to start for U.S. public lands - Renewable Energy World - Nov 15 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized a rule that...more

Trends and Tips – Tax Equity for Mid-Market Energy Projects

Last week’s “Financing Renewable Energy” tax credit conference, by Novogradac and Company, affirmed some market trends that we have seen in recent project finance deals. Perhaps most striking was the slow expansion of small...more

Tax Equity Market Insights from the Infocast Wind Finance Conference

Below are selected insights from the Infocast Wind Finance conference last week in San Diego. First, as an indicator of the overall interest in wind finance, the conference had twice as many registrants as last year. The...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016

by Allen Matkins on

3 ways renewable energy can grow in a 21st century grid - Greentech Media - Jan 6 - Some researchers claim there are limitations on solar PV’s growth because the variable renewable will depress wholesale prices...more

IRS Revises Historic Tax Credit Revenue Procedure

Revenue Procedure 2014-12 provides a safe harbor for historic tax credit (i.e., the Section 47 rehabilitation tax credit) partnership transactions. On January 8, the IRS issued a revised version of it that provides a...more

AWEA’s Wall Street Conference – Sound Bites from Panelists

AWEA recently held its annual Wall Street conference. Below are selected sound bites from panelists speaking on September 10th about finance, the state of market for wind in the United States, and the health of the tax...more

Energy & Clean Technology Alert - Court: Tax Equity Partnerships Promote Congressional Intent

by Mintz Levin on

Tax credit investors received a big boost from the U.S. Tax Court in Historic Boardwalk Hall LLC v. Commissioner, 136 TC No. 1 (January 3, 2011). The court upheld a partnership structured to generate historic rehabilitation...more

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