Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI) Solar Trend Analysis

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report is a summary of the finance trends for small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects (PV <1 MW), large-scale PV projects (PV greater than or equal to 1 MW), and concentrated solar power projects as reported in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI). The report presents REFTI data during the five quarterly periods from the fourthquarter of 2009 to the first half of 2011. The REFTI project relies exclusively on the voluntary participation of industry stakeholders for its data; therefore, it does not offer a comprehensive view of the technologies it tracks. Despite this limitation, REFTI is the only publicly available resource for renewable energy project financial terms. REFTI analysis offers usable inputs into theproject economic evaluations of developers and investors, as well as the policy assessments of public utility commissions and others in the renewable energy industry.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-53531


  • concentrated solar power
  • CSP
  • debt
  • energy costs
  • equity
  • financial market
  • PV
  • PV installations
  • renewable energy finance tracking initiative
  • soft costs
  • solar photovoltaics


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