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"Using Government Incentives to Increase Renewable Energy Generation in the U.S."

James H. Selbert
Warren & Selbert, Inc.

Monday, February 25, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Hosted by Steve Gaines

Government incentives are available to make renewable energy projects more economically feasible and more attractive to investors. These incentives have made renewable energy projects the most popular investments currently financed using tax equity structures. The largest renewable sectors are wind and solar power, followed by biomass and geothermal energy. Some examples of renewable projects include large wind farms, utility-scale solar farms including concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics (PV), commercial rooftop projects and distributed generation, and residential rooftop installations. Each of these projects uses one or more of the available government incentives including treasury cash grants, investment tax credits, production tax credits, Department of Energy (DOE) loans, and bonus depreciation. This talk will describe, in practical terms, how to use these incentives to increase renewable energy generation in the United States.

Jim Selbert co-founded Warren & Selbert, a leading financial software firm in the leasing industry, in 1971. The company provides developers, investment banks, commercial banks, and Fortune 500 companies with software and expertise to structure solutions for equipment and project financing. The software uses linear programming optimization techniques to structure transactions in the equipment, renewable energy, real estate, and project finance industries. Before starting Warren & Selbert, Jim was as a cost analyst for the Ford Motor Company and later a financial analyst at Litton Industries. Jim holds an MS degree in Finance from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a BA in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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