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Historically, US renewable energy projects have been equity and debt financed by the usual suspects: utilities, independent power producers (IPPs), banks and private investment vehicles such as infrastructure funds. However, strong forecasted growth in renewable capacity installations over the next decade will generate sizeable demand for capital. To reduce the cost of equity capital, project developers and current asset owners have been keen to tap into additional sources of financing – especially innovative vehicles that can appeal to a broader range of prospective investors.