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Rural Energy Needs and Policies | The Energy Collective

Rural Energy Needs and Policies | The Energy Collective | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
What an RFIT does is adapt the principles that made feed-in tariffs (FITs) wildly successful in Germany and other parts of the world -- including certainty for investors and early stage support for nascent clean energy markets -- to a radically different operating environment. That's because policy making beyond the grid requires a whole new approach steeped in the realities of the communities it's attempting to serve. That's how you tame the wild west of beyond the grid policy making.
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Solar Power – Should You Buy or Lease?

Solar Power – Should You Buy or Lease? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Leasing solar panels is a lot like leasing an automobile. Private companies install the system and maintain the equipment for the length of the lease, usually 15 to 20 years. You pay the company a fixed monthly fee, all the while saving on your utility bills because the sun, rather than coal or oil, is providing the power. In almost all cases, the sum of your lease payments and new utility bill is less than your old utility bill.

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Energy Efficiency Loans: Pensylvania Succeeds in Bundling Transactions

Energy Efficiency Loans: Pensylvania Succeeds in Bundling Transactions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
People have been saying for years that energy efficiency loans should be able to be bundled and sold, a la mortgages and credit card loans, allowing private capital to invest in pools of energy efficiency loans.
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80 Campuses Use Revolving Loan Funds for Energy Efficiency Projects

80 Campuses Use Revolving Loan Funds for Energy Efficiency Projects | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A new database populated with revolving loans for higher education campuses shows energy efficiency improvements totaling more than $118 million at 80 institutions.

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The Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds database also reveals that:

The number of campus revolving loan funds has grown three-fold since 2009The top 10 largest funds have more than $76 million invested for on-campus efficiency improvementsA diverse array of colleges and universities are creating revolving loan funds, operating in 31 US states and two Canadian provinces, and on campuses with student populations ranging from 700 students to more than 60,000
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Small Is Big: Bangladesh Installs One Million Solar Home Systems

Small Is Big: Bangladesh Installs One Million Solar Home Systems | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
by Justin Guay A few months back, Nancy Wimmer told us about Bangladesh’s solar success. In one of the poorest countries on earth, a renewable energy company, Grameen Shakti, is busy installing nearly 1,000 solar home systems each day.

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UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits

UK Survey – More Would Invest In Solar If They Knew The Financial Benefits | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The real picture — solar PV power is a good venture to invest in, surveys predict. However, there isn’t much publicity of what may be the actual financial benefits, so many are left simply guessing what they could save… if they are even asked or ask themselves. And, apparently, the large majority of citizens don’t realize how much money they could save if they installed a solar power system on their roof.
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Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded

Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

"A report by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) says loss of soils, forests, and fisheries, as well as rising resource costs, are likely to become increasingly important to a nation's economic health – and may therefore affect its ability to repay or refinance sovereign debt."

 

This excellent report makes the link between the world's financial debt crisis and the global ecological debt crisis. The debate on austerity gets a completely different dimension if you look at this double challenge.


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Revolving Loan Fund at Lane Community College

Revolving Loan Fund at Lane Community College | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Lane Community College established a revolving loan fund in 2006, the only one of its kind at a community college, to pay for energy conservation and renewable energy projects through utility carryover. The fund, called the Energy Carryover Fund, realizes savings when current year electricity and natural gas expenditures are less than current year budget. Additionally, rebates and other incentives for energy-focused projects can be deposited into the Fund, helping to finance more projects in the future. The Fund is managed and implemented by Lane’s full time Energy Analyst, Anna Scott, and currently stands at $122,000.

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Why Energy Efficiency and Buildings Don’t Mix

Why Energy Efficiency and Buildings Don’t Mix | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
How does the real estate industry make energy efficiency decisions? And what part of the process is holding back adoption? Five main 'friction points' can slow or stop the momentum for energy efficiency adoption by the real estate industry.
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Renewables fund aims to attract pension capital

Renewables fund aims to attract pension capital | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

(Reuters) – A new 500 million euro renewables fund aims to attract capital from pension and sovereign wealth funds through a low-risk, long-term investment strategy which would give higher returns than government bonds, one of its founders said.

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Banking on solar

Banking on solar | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the new tariffs are expected to provide a rate of return of between 4.5% and 8% for a typical well sited 4kW domestic installation.  – is this right?

Research by DECC has shown that solar PV uptake is highest in more affluent locations, as well as amongst the 50+ population.  However, market trends suggest that this is starting to change and the average age of customers considering solar PV is getting younger.  People in their 30s and 40s are recognising the benefits and seeing solar as an investment that is guaranteed for 20 years into the future – offering a much better return on investment that most banks.
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Third-Party Financing For Renewable Energy

The third-party financing method is used to make the most out of a diverse resource mix. One participant may have real estate ideal for a renewable energy project; the other may have capital and/or expertise to facilitate the investment purchase. There are many types of third-party financing within all the renewable technologies. The benefits to both the host and the investor vary.
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Triodos Renewables offer shares with an eco factor

Triodos Renewables offer shares with an eco factor | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Provided you can invest at least £570, you can become a shareholder in Triodos Renewables, an independent company operating eight sites around the UK – seven onshore wind farms and a hydroelectric scheme – that can generate enough renewable power for almost 24,000 homes. Meanwhile, those with less to invest may be interested in a separate project to install solar panels on homes in the South Downs region of England, where the minimum investment is just £5 (see below).
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Surcharge on self-consumption deferred

Surcharge on self-consumption deferred | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
After a somewhat rushed and hasty legislative process, revisions to the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) went into force on August 1st. One of the more controversial amendments is the introduction of a surcharge on self-consumption of locally generated solar power. Now, the transmission grid operators (TSO) have announced that they'll defer the collection of this surcharge until further notice..
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How Crowdfunding Solar is Keeping the Lights on in Detroit

How Crowdfunding Solar is Keeping the Lights on in Detroit | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

As the costs of solar technologies decrease, the opportunities for innovative solutions to community problems are increasing. Economic hardships have hit America’s communities hard and, in many communities, electricity prices continue to rise as spending on local public services continues to fall. From 2010 to 2011, the state and local sectors contracted by 3.4 percent, the largest contraction since World War II and that contraction continues to be felt in neighborhoods across the country. Spending cuts have come in all shapes and sizes; some cities have reduced the local police force, while others have slashed the budgets for local fire departments.

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How Energy Points helps CFOs budget for sustainability

How Energy Points helps CFOs budget for sustainability | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The startup’s universal energy metric helps companies determine which initiatives will save it the most money.

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Energy Points's reports application works like a currency converter, providing one universal metric for natural resource consumption. The application is designed to let executives make energy management decisions based on what will best improve the bottom line. The application also generates reports that more accurately show how the company is affecting the environment in a way everyone — even shareholders — can understand, and at what cost.

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Strong Marketing Is Essential for Energy Efficiency Finance

Marketing is an essential ingredient for the success of energy efficiency finance. But too often, finance and efficiency experts focus on technical and financial issues and underestimate the importance of marketing. Using best practices in marketing is necessary to drive demand to the high levels state goals require.

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“Green” community bonds gather momentum in Ontario

“Green” community bonds gather momentum in Ontario | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
There is plenty of good news happening around community bonds in my home province. SolarShare, for example, announced on Dec. 6 that it had been approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to sell bonds (which offer a 5 per cent annual return) beyond a cap of $1,000. It is now selling up to $25,000, and can go even higher if requests are approved on an individual basis by their board of directors. This has opened up the possibility off pursuing projects more aggressively. The co-op is now going through a process to make its bonds RRSP-eligible. “Once an independent evaluation of SolarShare mortgages that secure your bonds is complete and we have received a legal opinion based on that evaluation, a self-directed RRSP account can be opened through Concentra Credit Union via the Canadian Workers Co-op Federation (CWCF),” the co-op reported in a recent newsletter. “You are also welcome to take that legal opinion to your own wealth management representative and request an account through other channels” – i.e. you can take it to your own bank and make a case for carrying the bonds in your existing self-directed RRSP.
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Connecticut Auction Cuts Clean Energy Costs : Greentech Media

Connecticut Auction Cuts Clean Energy Costs : Greentech Media | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
In this first round of auctions, UI and CL&P solicited bids for large and medium ZREC projects and LREC projects of any capacity. The bids were expressed as prices for renewable energy credits that the projects would be assigned on the basis of one REC per megawatt-hour of electrical generation.

The bids were limited to $350 per REC for ZREC projects and $200 per REC for LREC projects. However, the utilities won't have to pay anywhere near those numbers for the 31 megawatts that the winning bidders will produce from their 97 projects.

The resulting RECs will cost UI and CL&P a total of $8.1 million annually, which works out to an average weighted price of $90 per REC – or far less than REC prices in many other states.
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How markets can help technologies to achieve grid parity.

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A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades

A New Way to Foot Efficiency Upgrades | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Based on an “on-bill repayment” feature, the program would allow the property owner to avoid large upfront costs and instead pay for upgrades through regular installments on his utility bill. The idea is that the energy cost savings would cover or exceed the loan or the leasing repayment added to the bill each month. The repayment remains on the property’s utility bill until it’s paid off, even if the property changes ownership, and the utility would have the authority to cut off service for nonpayment.


The concept is not new. About a dozen states offer similar programs. California’s new twist is the source of financing and the obligation to repay the loan regardless of a change in ownership.


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Rise in renewable energy loans - H&V News

Rise in renewable energy loans - H&V News | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
reNews EuropeRise in renewable energy loansH&V NewsThe amount of loans given by the Co-operative Bank to help fund renewable energy projects has increased three-fold so far this year, according to new figures reported by MSN Money UK.

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Africa: 'Urgent Action' Needed on Clean Development Mechanism

CDM allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), are equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide and can be traded globally, so that industrialised countries can meet their emission-reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

But the CDM is now under threat from a collapse in the carbon market.
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Nonprofit hopes to help small biz plug into energy efficiency

While programs to aid and encourage large firms to reduce their energy consumption have been popular and helped to keep electricity consumption in check over the last few years in the state, small businesses have had difficulty accessing the programs due to financial and time constraints, Wrice said.

"You can't keep doing the Pratt & Whitneys of the world," she said. "At some point, you have to target these smaller businesses. Otherwise you're going to have ... boarded up main streets."
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Zero Interest Funds Available for Energy Efficiency

Under this program, eligible projects may be financed at 0% interest. The “loan” is paid back through the customer’s PG&E bill: with the reduced energy savings at least offsetting the loan repayment cost. Once the loan is paid off, the savings are all yours.
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Driven by Growth in Energy Efficient Buildings, the Global Energy ...

Driven by Growth in Energy Efficient Buildings, the Global Energy ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
ESCO sector will represent the largest segment of the energy efficient buildings industry in the coming years, with revenues more than doubling from $30.1 billion in 2011 to $66 billion worldwide by 2017.
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