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Energy Efficiency Financing and Clean Water Funding Synergize

| FEATURE: Kat Friedrich (Clean Energy Finance Center)

A precedent set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened up opportunities for states throughout the nation to potentially leverage the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to guarantee energy efficiency financing and enable private investment.
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Solar Panels Seen as Boost to Homes’ Resale Value

| NEWS: David R. Baker (SFGate)

In California, at least, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for solar. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found houses with rooftop solar panels sell for higher prices than comparable non-solar homes. In general, that premium more than covers the cost of the panels themselves, with homeowners making a small profit on their solar investment. Bigger solar arrays fetch higher premiums than smaller ones.
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This ‘Yield Co’ Variation Is Yet Another Financial Innovation in Clean Energy

| NEWS: Stephen Lacey (Greentech Media)

Although the tax equity market has rebounded since its low after the financial crisis in 2008, there’s still a limited number of players with the appetite to finance projects. In order to open up the tight market, companies are luring new tax equity investors, securitizing their assets, and working to include renewables in vehicles like real estate investment trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) that offer public investors attractive tax benefits.
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Rural Development Loan Program Is Latest USDA Effort in Support of Climate Action Plan

| NEWS: Press release (USDA)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Dec. 4 that USDA will take new steps to save consumers money on their energy bills in partnership with rural electric cooperatives. USDA plans to provide rural electric cooperatives up to $250 million to lend to business and residential customers for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.
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New York State Earns a ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for First-In-the-Nation Residential Energy-Efficiency Financing Approach

| NEWS: Press release (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. announced that the recent multi-million dollar bond issuance for energy efficiency financing has been recognized as “Deal of the Year for Small Issuer Financing” by The Bond Buyer, a leading public finance publication.
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Energy Efficiency Projects Under $250K Lack Financing

| NEWS: Linda Hardesty (Energy Manager Today)

According to Joule Assets’ first national energy efficiency financing and insurance survey, the majority of respondents said 67 percent of energy efficiency projects under $250,000 lack access to financing. Joule Assets polled over 3,000 energy efficiency professionals, including contractors, manufacturers and energy efficiency trade associations for its survey.
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The DOE’s Loan Programs Office Banks on U.S. Solar

| NEWS: Michael Puttre (Solar Industry)

As the year draws to a close, there are approximately 10.25 GW of solar capacity installed in the U.S. About 10 percent of that total was funded by the Loans Program Office (LPO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). According to Peter Davidson, executive director of the LPO, the significant growth of the solar sector is due in part to bets placed by the DOE in the form of loans to utility-scale solar power projects banks would not touch.
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Obama Administration Expands Better Buildings Challenge to Multifamily Housing, Launches New Programs to Boost U.S. Energy Efficiency

| NEWS: Press release (Energy Department)

The U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development have expanded the Better Buildings Challenge to multifamily housing such as apartments and condominiums and launched the Better Buildings Accelerators to support state- and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and eliminate market and technical barriers to greater building efficiency.
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Soft Costs Grow as Portion of the Price for Solar Power

| NEWS: Daniel Cusick (Midwest Energy News)

As solar energy equipment becomes more affordable than ever, prompting millions of home and business owners to consider generating their own electricity using solar arrays, the overall cost burden of such systems is shifting decidedly toward soft costs. These include financing, taxes, corporate fees, installation and other non-hardware charges, according to the Energy Department.
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