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  • The Mass Solar Loan Program
    Bringing Solar Ownership
    to Low-Income Homeowners

    Renewable Energy World, Aug. 11, 2020 -The Mass Solar Loan Program, launched by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in 2015, combines incentives and partnerships with local banks and credit unions to increase access to solar PV financing, while creating a solar lending market. Most recently, its incentives have focused exclusively on supporting low-income homeowners who want to own solar PV systems, addressing challenges such as limited ability to utilize the federal tax credits and lower credit scores.

    To date, 77% of program funding awarded has been to income-qualified residents. Since December 2015, over 5,400 loans, totaling approximately $173 million, have been closed, activating 46 MW of residential solar PV in 342 of 351 Massachusetts municipalities. Loan requirements, such as fixed-rate terms, capped closing fees, and capped interest rates, ensure customers have a consumer-friendly option, while lenders gain greater experience with solar.

    Click now to read the full story.

  • EU Bank Fossil-Fuel Financing? Not Anymore
    EU Bank Takes ‘Quantum
    Leap’ To End Fossil-Fuel Financing

    Nov. 15, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-The European Investment Bank adopted an unprecedented strategy to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects, in a move expected to support Europe’s plans to become the first climate-neutral continent.

    The board of the Luxembourg-based lending arm of the European Union decided at a meeting on Thursday to approve a new energy policy that includes increased support for clean-energy projects. The bank will not consider new financing of unabated fossil fuels, including natural gas, from the end of 2021.

  • Vietnamese Bank Backs Out of Coal
    Standard Chartered
    Just Dumped Coal!

    Sep. 28, 2018 -We have awesome news. Standard Chartered bank has just announced it will not fund any new coal-fired power plant projects, including expansions, in any location!

    Together with Market Forces and organizations from around the world we have been campaigning hard to convince Standard Chartered to rule out all new coal. Last month we took out a full page ad in the Asian Financial Times and tens of thousands of people have taken online action to call on the bank to do exactly what it just has!

    Click to read more from Go Fossil Free.

  • Some Like it Hot - Not Japan
    ‘Cool Bank Award’: Keeping it
    ‘Cool’ in a hot Japan

    Sep. 24, 2018 -350 Japan team launched the 'Cool Bank Award' campaign, with the goal to acknowledge and support banks that do not have relationships with the fossil fuel or nuclear industry, thus doing their part to keep the earth 'cool'.

    This year has seen Japan struck by a number of unprecedented climate-related disasters including heat waves of over 40 degrees celsius and torrential rains causing flooding and landslides. The seriousness of the heat wave and loss of life it caused was acknowledged by the Minister of the Environment Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, who made clear that risks of this severe weather phenomena would only worsen with continued climate change.

    Click to read more from 350.ORG.

  • Shareholders Protest Pipeline Financing
    Pressure on US Bank Mounts
    with Actions at Shareholder
    Meeting in Albuquerque

    Apr. 30, 2018 -The pressure on US Bank to end its relationship with oil and gas pipeline companies has been mounting over the last five months. Late last year, dozens of groups sent the bank a letter, demanding an end to its financing of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Instead, US Bank doubled down and joined a massive new credit facility for ETP.

    In February, the Stop ETP Coalition and local Minnesota groups came together in US Bank’s hometown of Minneapolis during Super Bowl Week to make it clear we wouldn’t be ignored. Despite blizzard conditions, hundreds of pipeline activists protested at US Bank’s headquarters and in the streets for hours, calling for a world where banks no longer claim to work for sustainability while also financing oil and gas pipeline projects that are wrecking communities and the climate.

    Click now for the whole story from StopETP.org.

  • Solar Rising for Bank Financing
    Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms
    for Solar as Confidence Rises

    Apr. 20, 2018 -Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.

    While the cost of borrowing has been increasing since 2016, some banks are taking a smaller cut to win deals from solar developers. Loans of seven years or longer can be obtained for 137.5 basis points over the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, down from as much as 200 basis points last year, said Keith Martin, a project-finance attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Even the higher-rate loans for residential projects are getting cheaper.

    “Investor confidence has increased, causing debt costs to fall despite rising interest rates,” said Ed Fenster, executive chairman of Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company. “Our spreads are coming down faster than the base rate is increasing.”

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Alberta’s Clean Energy Financing
    Alberta May Soon Have Property
    Assessed Clean Energy Financing

    Apr 17, 2017 -A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.

    If the bill passes, the programs would allow homeowners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades through their property taxes.

    PACE programs have grown in popularity in the U.S. since 2008, and Ontario was the first Canadian province to put PACE financing in place in 2012. Nova Scotia and Quebec also have PACE legislation.

    Click now to read the whole story from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects
    Financing Energy Storage Projects:
    Assessing Risks — Part Two

    July 13, 2017 - In part one of this article, we discussed the types of energy storage and the incentives that are supporting its development. Now let’s look at the financing issues and the project risks associated with energy storage today.

  • Apple's Clean Energy Financing
    Apple Issues a Second Green
    Bond to Finance Clean Energy

    June 19, 2017 -Apple Inc., which issued the biggest green bond ever sold by a U.S. corporation last year to finance projects fighting global warming, is doing it again.

    On Tuesday, the iPhone maker issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation. It builds on $1.5 billion worth of bonds the Cupertino, California-based company sold a year ago to further its goal of running 100 percent of its operations on renewable energy.

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  • Africa: Green Investments Needed
    Let’s Help Africa Achieve Clean Tech

    Apr 16, 2017 -About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process.

    Among the key messages from delegates at the talks was the importance of energy in the climate change discussion, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat (UN Climate Change).

    The talks emphasized the need for financial instruments to de-risk investment in energy infrastructure and enhance involvement in smaller and medium-sized enterprises.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Help Fight Big Banks Dirty Energy
    Help Fight Big Banks Dirty Energy
    With a Sierra Club Credit Card

    The Sierra Club recently made a public commitment to divest its own organizational money from pipeline banks and, for the last four years, we've partnered with a bank that doesn't invest in dirty energy, has never earned a dime on fossil fuels, and would never consider funding a pipeline.

    The Sierra Club's Visa® Platinum credit card is offered through Beneficial State Bank, a do-no-harm community bank that is committed to transparent banking practices and providing fair wages.

    Click now for more information.

  • Clean Energy States Alliance
    Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

    CESA is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA members—mostly state agencies— include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country.

  • Sunpower Solar Loan Programs
    Sunpower Solar Loan Programs

    Sunpower is offering several loan options.

    Click now to see if any of them suit you.

  • Alliance for Renewable Energy
    What Others Are Doing

    Since 1991, over 40 other nations, states, and provinces, have pioneered legislation that have proven to promote the fastest, cheapest, and widest growth of renewable energy. In many of these countries these policies are called "Feed-In Tariffs" (FITs), also known as "Renewable Energy Payments." Producers of renewable energy are paid a premium rate or "tariff" for each kilowatt of energy they "feed into" the grid. The name has changed but the fundamental principles of these policies stay the same.

  • DSIRE™ -State Incentives for R.E and Efficiency
    If Green is What You Desire

    It's the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy

  • Financing Wind Projects
    Finance Blows In the Wind

    Publicly financed funds, such as those managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the California Energy Commission, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and other clean energy funds, are primarily looking for the most cost-effective ways of leveraging private funding to maximize benefits to taxpayers.

  • Florida State Solar Power Incentives
    Florida - Act As If You
    Really Are the Sunshine State?

    With all those miles of sandy beaches and groves of orange trees, who could argue with naming Florida the Sunshine State? From Tallahassee to Miami, and at all points in between, Florida has an amazing outdoor environment warmed by the sun. Is there a more perfect location for using solar energy resources? Click now to find out what the Florida legislature is doing to promote clean energy and protect the environment.