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REsource: Winter 2014


Winter 2014

CohnReznick Presents Its Thoughts and Insights for the Renewable Energy Industry

Welcome to the first edition of REsource, a CohnReznick quarterly newsletter offering our perspective on the critical business, financial, and legislative issues impacting the renewable energy industry. 

The policies and activities in Washington, on Wall Street, and across the globe will inevitably impact your business whether you are a developer, investor, power producer, or other industry participant. In this regard, we hope to provide you with some timely business intelligence and advice that can help you improve the financial prospects of your renewable energy enterprise.

Sector Snapshot: Looking Back at 2013

CohnReznick believes that there will be continued rapid growth in the electricity generated by renewable energy sources throughout 2014 and beyond. The one major trend in the sectors last year involved a dramatic shift in activity away from wind and toward solar.
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M&A Activity – Up, Down, or Both?

The end of 2013 was marked by both successes and failures relative to renewable energy M&A activity. A decline in investor risk tolerance, the lower rates at which Power Purchase Agreements were executed, and uncertainty over the tax credit extensions each took their toll on investment activity and the funding for renewable energy projects.
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Commercial Solar: Will Standardization Attract Financing?

The tax equity market is currently embracing the residential market. But what is the advantage that residential solar offers to investors that commercial solar currently doesn’t? In a word: standardization.
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Crowdfunding, Yieldcos, and MLPs: Are They the Answer to the Industry's Financing Issues?

New concepts in capital formation generated a lot of excitement in 2013. Securitization of solar assets in distributed generation, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Solar Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), crowdfunding, and yieldcos each promised an influx of capital and a reduction in the cost of financing.
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Renewable Energy Tax Equity Attracting Corporate Giants

New corporate entrants into the renewable energy arena last year made it clear that there is still high demand for tax equity. Large companies like Google and Honda and other corporate investors were welcome additions to the tax equity market in 2013.
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Extending the PTC: What's the Latest?

At the end of last year, Congress allowed the PTC to expire. And while there is certainly some strong bi-partisan support for its renewal in 2014, as of now, legislators in Washington have still not acted to extend the credit.
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Site Selection  Predicting Output Requires the Right Input

Finding the right site for a renewable energy installation involves much more than knowing where the wind blows and the sun shines. It involves a solid understanding of state policy, Federal credits, local tax incentives, natural resources, and more.
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