Not long ago, finding institutional investors and lenders willing to take a chance on wind plant ownership was no easy task. Today, new sources of equity capital are flooding in, with investors competing to offer far more attractive terms than before. Competition among lenders is also getting fiercer by the day, with the banks under pressure to drop their rates. The new times are benefiting US wind developers by bringing financing costs down. Nonetheless, investors and lenders remain uneasy about regulatory risk, particularly with regard to the fledgling markets for trade of renewable energy credits.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol