Renewable Energy Project Financing: Legal Strategies for Structuring the Deal

Navigating Financial Incentives, Sources of Capital, Debt and Equity Structures

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This CLE course will provide resources for sponsors and financing parties of renewable energy projects regarding the available incentives, financing sources, and structures associated with financing renewable energy projects. The panel will offer their insights and perspectives on financing renewable energy projects.


Finding the right financial structure for renewable energy development is complex. Viable alternatives to traditional power purchase agreements as the basis for financing renewable energy projects are emerging, enabling alternative financing options for project developers and sponsors.

A variety of funding sources exist for municipalities, private developers, and corporations interested in financing renewable energy projects. However, securing the necessary capital remains challenging.

New financing products and deal structures are evolving, and existing products are changing to meet the significant growth in renewable energy development, putting even more pressure on the demand for capital. Counsel to sponsors, developers, and investors must understand the markets and tools available to leverage financing trends to their advantage.

Listen as our authoritative panel of energy attorneys examines the financing of renewable energy projects, reviews financial incentives available, sources of capital, and debt and equity structures, as well as offers best practices for financing renewable energy.



  1. Financeability of the renewable energy project: critical issues
    1. Regulatory scheme
    2. Permitting and land use
    3. Risk
    4. Revenue
    5. Potential litigation
  2. Financial incentives
    1. Revenue streams
    2. Subsidies: direct and indirect
    3. Department of Energy/USDA loan guarantees
  3. Sources of capital
    1. Sources of debt for development
    2. Sources of sponsor and tax equity
  4. Debt and equity structures
    1. Debt financing structures: project-level or back-leverage
    2. Equity financing: sponsor equity and tax equity players and limitations
    3. Impact of recent and possible future tax law changes
  5. Best practices for financing renewable energy


The panel will review these and other relevant issues:

  • What are the critical issues in evaluating the financing options available for a renewable energy project?
  • What are the key issues impacting the bankability of projects?
  • What financial incentives are available to investors in renewable energy projects?
  • What are the current prime sources of capital for renewable energy project developers?
  • Should parties be concerned about possible risks related to federal tax and regulatory uncertainty?


Freedman, Robert
Robert N. Freedman

Shearman & Sterling

Mr. Freedman focuses on finance and development, asset acquisitions and dispositions and complex work-outs and...  |  Read More

Lowder, Darin
Darin Lowder

Foley & Lardner

Mr. Lowder is a partner and member of the firm’s Finance Practice. Although his practice extends to all aspects...  |  Read More

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