The Linkage between Income Distribution and Clean Energy Investments: Addressing Financing Cost
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Daniel M. Kammen
University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
March 23, 2012
FEEM Working Paper No. 10.2012
With a focus on alternative methods for accelerating clean energy policy adoption, this study introduces an innovative financing scheme for renewable and energy efficiency deployment. Financing barriers represent a notable obstacle for energy improvements and this is particularly the case for low-income households. Limited access to credit, due to socio-economic status and the lack of guarantees, are key issues related to financing barriers. Implementing a policy such as PACE – Property Assessed Clean Energy – allows for the provision of up-front funds for residential property owners to install electric and thermal solar systems and make energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings. This paper will inform the design of better policies tailored to the creation of the appropriate conditions for such investments to occur, especially when the lack of access to capital tends to stall them.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Financing Barriers, Energy Efficiency, Solar PV, Energy Investments
JEL Classification: Q42, Q55working papers series
Date posted: March 23, 2012
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