Renewable Energy Projects: Alternative Financing

Legal Strategies for Evaluating Financing Options and Structuring the Deal

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance for counsel to companies and investors on understanding current financing trends, evaluating alternative financing structures, and utilizing them to finance renewable energy projects.


Renewable energy development is increasingly attractive because demand has made it the fastest growing energy sector. One hurdle to such development is structuring financing arrangements because investment in the emerging industry remains risky.

In addition, finding the right financial structure for renewable energy projects is complex. Alternative structures provide better overall economics and attract additional investors in some circumstances because traditional structures don't always work well in this sector.

As the need for capital increases, new products are emerging and existing products are evolving to meet the significant growth. Counsel to companies and investors must understand the markets and tools available in order to use the financing trends to their advantage.

Listen as our authoritative panel of energy attorneys examines alternative financing structures for renewable energy projects, reviews the benefits and disadvantages of the various financing methods, and discusses current financing trends. The panel will provide guidance on how to utilize alternative financing structures.



  1. Finance-ability of the renewable energy project — critical issues
    1. Regulatory scheme
    2. Permitting and land use
    3. Risk
    4. Revenue
    5. Potential litigation
  2. Alternative financial structures
    1. Debt marketing
    2. Tax equity financing
    3. Leveraged partnership flip structure
    4. Leasing
    5. Tax exempt financing
    6. Corporate financing 144 bond offerings
  3. Best practices for financing renewable energy using alternative structures


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key issues in evaluating the alternative financing options available for a renewable energy project?
  • What alternative financial structures are available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these structures?
  • What are the likely sources of capital for renewable energy project developers?


John T. W. Mercer
John T. W. Mercer

Mercer Thompson

He concentrates his practice in the areas of project and corporate finance and other complex transactions, with...  |  Read More

Nicholas H. Politan, Jr.
Nicholas H. Politan, Jr.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

He co-chairs the firm's Energy and Infrastructure Practice Group and focuses his practice on energy-related...  |  Read More

Ben F. Jacoby
Ben F. Jacoby
Managing Director
CP Energy Group

He has over 20 years of experience in the development, financing and asset management of independent power generation...  |  Read More

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