Five transferability market price drivers

The transferability market is still in its early stages, but some trends are taking shape.

The transferability market is still taking shape. Last year approximately $4 billion to $9 billion of transfer deals were executed, according to Norton Rose Fulbight’s 2024 Outlook.  The main question we receive is, ‘What is the average price per credit for these transactions?’ The answer is: it depends; however, there are a few price drivers. 

Deal size 

There are other factors to consider, however, the bigger the transaction, then generally the higher the credit price trends.    Deals that produce under $10,000,000 in credits could be priced under $0.90, whereas larger transactions that produce $25,000,000 or more of credits could be above $0.90. 

Credit type

The type of credit is also a driver; whether you have the investment tax credit (ITC) or the production tax credit (PTC). With the ITC, pricing will reflect recapture risk. With the PTC, there is no recapture risk, which is reflected in the price.  Also, PTC are generated from larger transactions, which would typically command a higher price.


Technology will have a significant impact on pricing. Solar and wind are considered tried and true assets, but newer assets such as storage and hydrogen are lesser known, and investors require more education. Thus, the pricing on transactions with nascent technology will reflect the technology risk associated with newer technologies.   Traditional tax equity investors are more cautious to invest in newer technology because of the technology risk.

Due diligence

Due diligence is shaping the transferability market. The market is anticipating there will be less and simpler due diligence in a transfer versus traditional tax equity transaction. However, due diligence is evolving to address the new aspects of the Inflation Reduction Act and to accommodate new investors.  While there is currently no standard for due diligence, the industry is hopeful a standard amount and process will evolve as the industry matures.

Market players

Lastly, who is participating and the players in the market are also shaping the market right now: 

  • Traditional tax credit equity is digging into this market and is creating structures to take advantage of this marketplace. 
  • Traditional syndicators make up the next tier or middle market. They are also very prevalent in this space and are bringing in new entrants.
  • Online platforms are also active in this space although their role is a bit uncertain at this point.

Looking ahead

This marketplace is growing because of the Inflation Reduction Act and selling credits is administratively less burdensome than forming tax equity partnerships. We expect to see new participants enter this marketplace.  

Subject matter expertise

  • Stephanie Caragher

    CPA, Partner, Project Finance & Consulting

  • Sasibeh Beyene

    CPA, Partner

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