Key issues and topics affecting renewable energy today
The renewable sector is constantly evolving. The insights below will provide a vision for the future, insights into trends and addresses where there is room for growth in the industry across a variety of topics and business issues.
The Future of Renewables
As the demand for clean, sustainable energy grows, cities and towns nationwide are leveraging renewable energy through programs like community solar. CohnReznick and CohnReznick Capital experts discuss this and other innovative trends shaping the future of renewable energy.
Inclusion in Energy
InsightNew opportunities with opportunity zonesJoel CohnThere is a lot of chatter in the renewables industry about a provision called Opportunity Zones, which was part of the federal tax law passed in December 2017. This program may serve as a novel approach to the continual effort to optimize the capital stack for renewable energy projects.
InsightWith the energy property ‘begun construction’ deadline just weeks away, are you prepared?Joel Cohn, Lee PetersonAs the new year approaches, so does the upcoming “begun construction” deadline for the federal 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for certain eligible energy projects. Your safe-harboring for the 30% ITC ends on New Year’s Eve. Therefore, to preserve the full 30% ITC, you must make your resolutions final before midnight Dec. 31, and complete all relevant transactions by then.
InsightAccounting primer for C&I renewable energy buyersMost commercial and industrial buyers of renewable energy use a contract structure known as a virtual Power Purchase Agreement (“vPPA”), which exposes them to significant financial volatility, driven by commodity prices, project performance, and the weather.
InsightFinancing considerations for commercial solar into 2020 and beyondThe commercial solar business is flourishing. Various purchasers are coming together to complete projects, and more communities are developing solar projects. Yet, despite the economic benefits, commercial solar is financially challenging.