Financing commercial energy storage: Wall Street’s not biting, yet

By SPW Philippe Hartley, CleanFinancing
By Philippe Hartley, principal at Clean Financing
The challenge in financing energy storage is getting someone else to own it. Cost and availability of financing, in general, are directly tied to risk. The ample amount of capital looking to invest in energy looks for proven and simple. Storage is neither. Utilities’ defensive tariff filings are spurring market interest in the technology, but financing is still looking at it with lab coats on, and some people feel it will be that way for a long time.
Any analysis of battery economics starts with the problem needing a storage solution. Financing options

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