NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, April 14: DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS; THE MYTH OF CONSOLIDATION IN SOLAR; TEXAS BREAKS MORE WIND RECORDS

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    Monday, April 14, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, April 14: DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS; THE MYTH OF CONSOLIDATION IN SOLAR; TEXAS BREAKS MORE WIND RECORDS

    DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS Solar, Wind Reaping Cheaper Capital, SunEdison Founder Says

    Ehren Goosens, April 8, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    “Developers of solar and wind power projects can now access capital at a lower cost, paving the way for continued growth, Jigar Shah, founder and former chief executive officer of SunEdison said…Capital costs are now often less than 6 percent to 7 percent thanks to financing sources and greater investor comfort with financing renewable energy projects, Shah said…New financing methods such as yield companies -- separate businesses that own power plants being pursued by Abengoa SA (ABG) and NRG Energy Inc. (NRG:US) -- and increased participation in the industry by pension funds make sense because the cost of making those projects is fixed…‘The question is: can developers develop enough projects to satiate the money?... Can this industry really deliver the deals now that the money isn’t an issue? Can you feed the beast? We are long money and short deals.’” click here for more

    THE MYTH OF CONSOLIDATION IN SOLAR Solar PV Consolidation: Fact or Fiction?

    Finlay Colville, March 21, 2014 (SolarBuzz)

    “…Looking at cell production only (including c-Si cell and thin-film) - and specifically in-house cell production – a fairly good picture can be obtained about whether or not there is consolidation…The analysis uses annual in-house cell production for 2010 to 2013 (actual) and then adds NPD Solarbuzz forecasts (done bottom-up by each producer) for 2014…If there was consolidation going on, then the percentage of the market each year supplied by the top-10 and top-20 would show a strong uptick. This would then be carried forward across the other ranges, out to the top-100…[T]his is clearly not happening. In fact, the share from the top-10 is actually going down, not up, from 43% in 2010 to 38% in 2014…” click here for more

    TEXAS BREAKS MORE WIND RECORDS Market Snapshot: Already leading US in wind power, ERCOT breaks more records in 2014

    Emily Reynolds, April 7, 2014 (SNL)

    “Wind power remains one of the fastest growing sources of new electric generation in the country, breaking records all across the U.S. over the past couple of years thanks to transmission upgrades and new wind development..[W] ind energy capacity in the U.S. grew more than 140% over the past five years…[E]lectricity generated from wind turbines climbed about 200%...[W]ind power has more than tripled since 2008 and is now the fifth largest [U.S.] electricity source…In 2013, Texas became the leader in the wind industry…[W]ind generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., or ERCOT, grew more than 140% since early 2009, closely following the rapid growth in all of the U.S…Upgrades to transmission lines in Texas in early 2014 have allowed several records to be set for wind generation…with the latest record of 10,296 MW set March 26…” click here for more

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