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- September 1, 2013: Vol. 6, Number 8

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The next frontier: New funding models and vehicles in wind power finance are broadening capital participation and lowering funding costs

by by Randy Male

 

Wind power finance is entering a period of tremendous change — and opportunity. A confluence of factors is now setting the stage for new funding vehicles to lower the cost of wind energy and unlock the next phase of wind power development. The financial players willing to step forward and seize this opportunity will profit both from growing their businesses and from establishing themselves as market leaders in the forefront of financial structuring.

New strategies for lowering funding costs and tapping new investor pools offer tremendous promise for fueling the next phase of wind power growth. And the timing is right. There is a critical need for new and lower-cost sources of funding for wind development — particularly in the small and mid-sized range. Smaller projects (generally 50 megawatts and below) are more costly to finance, if funding can be found at all. Yet it is precisely these smaller projects that represent the next great opportunit

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