Universities, Towns & Non-Profits

Towns, colleges, and other non-profits want on-site solar or other renewable power projects to reduce their electricity costs, improve their energy security, and make productive use of disused land.  Yet, they may lack the time or tools to undertake a renewable power project or to partner with a private developer.

Financing for public and cooperative projects and for public-private hybrid partnership structures is available, but often are complex.  Budget constraints and the inability to use tax incentives geared for privately-owned projects complicate the process.

New structures and sources are spreading such as community aggregation programs, net metering, commercial PACE (C-PACE) lending programs, or green banks.  These can improve the economics, but only if available and well structured.

Birch Tree Capital can assist public and non-profit hosts by:

  • Recommending ownership and financing plans for the projects to achieve host goals and financing needs.
  • Identify and approach suitable equity, debt, and grant financing sources.
  • Assisting project hosts in selecting and working with private developers.
  • Negotiate financing commitments and definitive agreements.

Read about our work on an innovative solar financing program for non-profits and public sector entities.