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Title: Appendix B: Commercial Solar Financing Options

Abstract

As the solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the United States has evolved, so too have the financing mechanisms associated with it. This appendix provides a snapshot of the current commercial solar financing arena and an overview of existing financing mechanisms. While there is significant overlap in solar financing options among the residential, government, and commercial sectors, this report focuses on options and considerations for commercial entities only. Traditional solar financing models are being adapted to encompass increasingly complex relationships between solar energy consumers and solar development. This guide explores the variety of financing options available to commercial entities, ranging from the historical mainstays of the solar financing spectrum - third-party ownership (TPO) models, which include power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases, in addition to loans and cash purchases - to relatively more recent additions, including property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, performance contracting, and green bonds, among others. This appendix ('Appendix B. Commercial Solar Financing Options') is one chapter in the Environmental Protection Agency's broader Guide to Purchasing Green Power, which provides a detailed overview of green power markets and procurement.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1468387
Report Number(s):
NREL/CH-7A40-68912
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; solar financing; commercial solar; power purchase agreement; green power; midscale solar

Citation Formats

Holm, Alison, and Heeter, Jenny S. Appendix B: Commercial Solar Financing Options. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Holm, Alison, & Heeter, Jenny S. Appendix B: Commercial Solar Financing Options. United States.
Holm, Alison, and Heeter, Jenny S. Wed . "Appendix B: Commercial Solar Financing Options". United States.
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abstractNote = {As the solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the United States has evolved, so too have the financing mechanisms associated with it. This appendix provides a snapshot of the current commercial solar financing arena and an overview of existing financing mechanisms. While there is significant overlap in solar financing options among the residential, government, and commercial sectors, this report focuses on options and considerations for commercial entities only. Traditional solar financing models are being adapted to encompass increasingly complex relationships between solar energy consumers and solar development. This guide explores the variety of financing options available to commercial entities, ranging from the historical mainstays of the solar financing spectrum - third-party ownership (TPO) models, which include power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases, in addition to loans and cash purchases - to relatively more recent additions, including property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, performance contracting, and green bonds, among others. This appendix ('Appendix B. Commercial Solar Financing Options') is one chapter in the Environmental Protection Agency's broader Guide to Purchasing Green Power, which provides a detailed overview of green power markets and procurement.},
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