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Alternating Current

  • Recent announcements show that major institutions are taking more of an interest in the world of community solar.
  • NRG Energy has brought the US capital markets a step forward with its inaugural sustainability-linked bond, introducing a new flavor of greens for its debt investors to chew on. But as usual, European corporations led the way.
  • The apparently unstoppable trend of ever-tightening project finance margins finally hit the buffers in March 2020. But now, even as the pandemic continues to rage, the race to the bottom is back with a vengeance.
  • When Engie and EDP Renováveis christened their offshore wind joint venture Ocean Winds, you could be forgiven for assuming that it had taken about 10 seconds to come up with the name. But in the branding world, nothing is that simple.
  • Enterprising energy innovators never tire of coming up with unlikely new locations for power generation – on highways, in roof tiles, at the end of a kite string – with mixed results. Now there’s a start-up producing electrons from municipal water pipes.
  • In the world of project finance, power purchase agreements are usually considered from the point of view of the project owner or lender. But in the last few years, more attention has started to be paid to the other end of the contract.
  • Take-or-pay busbar power purchase agreements with electric utilities are all well and good, but they’re starting to look a bit old-fashioned. Bitcoin batteries and green hydrogen are where it’s at these days.
  • As power market and policy experts quarrel over the reasons for California's first rolling blackouts in 19 years, renewable energy project developers and financiers spy opportunities.
  • Whenever a Department of Energy loan goes bad – as it did in the case of the Crescent Dunes concentrated solar project in Nevada – questions are raised about the program. But how bad is the US government at picking winners, really?
  • A recent development testifies to solar's lasting appeal, albeit with a controversial twist. Afghan opium poppy growers are among those that have caught on to the increasingly affordable technology, though presumably not with ESG criteria in mind.
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