A Shake-up in Project Finance; Bucking the Downward Housing Trend with BIPV; PV Concentrator Balloons

With the credit crisis and resulting economic woes making their way into the renewable energy industry, project financing all over the world is getting more difficult. In the U.S., many people are concerned about the health of the tax equity financing sector, which drives much of the growth in the solar, wind and bioenergy markets.

Edwin Feo, a tax lawyer with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McLoy’s Global Power, Energy and Utilities Group, joins us to talk about how a shake-up in tax equity financing will impact the industry in the coming years.

Then, David Field, president of Open Energy, talks about the company’s building-integrated PV products and its relationships with roofers and construction firms. Field discusses the importance of building partnerships between solar companies and traditional contractors to move the residential and small commercial solar markets forward.

Finally, Rob Lamkin, CEO of Cool Earth Solar, describes the company’s new concentrating PV balloon. We’ll talk about Cool Earth’s efforts to scale up production in the coming year and make the device a household name in the industry.

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I am a reporter with ClimateProgress.org, a blog published by the Center for American Progress. I am former editor and producer for RenewableEnergyWorld.com, where I contributed stories and hosted the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast. Keep in touch through twitter! My profile name is: Stphn_Lacey

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