REsource: Summer 2014
Wind Energy, Tax Equity, and Policy Certainty
While 2014 has been challenging for the tax equity market in renewables generally, it has been particularly tough in the wind sector, where the PTC awaits extension and its rules regarding continuous construction need additional clarification.
In this roundup, we cover the impact of congressional inaction, the PTC/ITC extensions, and the challenges facing distributed generation projects. However, the authors note: The growing critical mass of wind and solar is why we continue to be optimistic about renewable energy in the U.S., despite its current political challenges.
Guest Column: California Chips Away at Solar Soft Costs
Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, discusses soft costs—supply chain costs, transaction costs, permit fees and other expenses—which now make up more than half the total cost of going solar at the residential level.
Solar Storage: More than Extra Electricity
Discussions regarding the financial viability of solar power often, and understandably, revolve around tax credits and the cost of capital, but technology plays a critical role as well.
On the Line with… Michael Brower, CEO, ACORE
In each issue of REsource we will feature a conversation with a prominent figure in the renewable energy industry. In this issue, Tim Kemper talks to ACORE’s CEO, Michael Brower.