What stops banks from lending to energy efficiency projects?

By Elisa Wood November 8, 2012 Four years after the US credit market crashed, energy efficiency projects continue to struggle to secure financing. What’s the problem? A slow economy, of course. But when it comes to energy efficiency – and on-site renewable energy – the problem runs deeper. It’s not lack of interest in green energy. To the … [Read more...]

EE leads investment growth in sustainable industry

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, about why there is hope for the sustainable industries, despite weak first quarter financing, and how EE is the top sector attracting investment.   EE leads investment growth in sustainable industry ] … [Read more...]

On-bill Repayment: Great Promise, But Challenges Remain

By Kat Friedrich Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets July 11, 2012 On-bill repayment has received a great deal of attention during the last few years as a potential approach to expanding the reach of energy efficiency financing in the residential and commercial sectors.  With on-bill repayment, utilities or third-party lenders cover the … [Read more...]

Critical need for energy savings and loan performance data remains unmet

By Kat Friedrich Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets May 2, 2012 A vast gap exists between the detailed information financial institutions need to support energy efficiency financing and the limited data they currently have. Several examples suggest these loan programs can succeed, but there are no large datasets supporting investment in … [Read more...]

On-bill financing: Why isn’t everybody doing it?

By Elisa Wood December 15, 2011 If someone told me they could improve the efficiency of my computer so that it operates quicker, at no extra cost to me, I can’t imagine I’d turn them away. Yet, the energy efficiency industry offers a similar option for homes and businesses and at least so far, consumers aren’t flocking to the programs. On-bill … [Read more...]

Innovative Clean Energy Financing Using Property Tax Increase

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Dan Schaefer, president of Ygrene, which has launched a clean energy finance and job creation model. Ygrene's PACE enables building owners to fund renewable energy and efficiency improvements at no upfront cost though an annual assessment on building owners' tax bills. The savings pays back the cost of … [Read more...]

Financing EE By Treating It As a Resource Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Metrus Energy CEO Bob Hinkle. Metrus Energy has been chosen as a financial partner under the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge. Hinkle discusses his company’s participation as a provider of innovative financing. Financing EE By Treating It As a Resource Part 2]   … [Read more...]

EE financing heats up part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, about the return of the financing market for sustainable industries. EE software companies and lighting companies are among the winners. "The second quarter was a banner quarter," he says. EE financing heats up part 1]   … [Read more...]