NREL Seeks Industry Input to Illuminate Trends in Renewable Energy Financing
August 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking input from energy developers and financiers as part of an ongoing effort to collect and share quantitative data on renewable energy financing terms and to assess barriers to renewable energy development.
The current Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI) questionnaire — for projects financed during the first half of 2011 — is available online through Aug. 18 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/REFTI_H1_2011_Questionnaire. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
“By sharing information through this quick, confidential questionnaire, renewable energy developers help illuminate finance trends and provide critical marketplace feedback on the importance or effectiveness of various policies and incentives,” said Mike Mendelsohn, NREL’s project manager for REFTI.
To encourage participation in the financial tracking project, NREL has made several improvements to its REFTI questionnaire and reports, including:
- Shortening and focusing the questionnaire
- Issuing biannual instead of quarterly questionnaires
- Improving data accessibility via a refined, indexed spreadsheet.
Launched in December 2009, this NREL initiative uses a periodic and voluntary questionnaire
of industry members to illuminate finance trends and provide critical marketplace
feedback on the importance or effectiveness of various policies and incentives. To
ensure confidentiality, NREL reports survey findings only in aggregated form.
NREL shares REFTI findings through free webinars and reports, which are available on the project website at http://financere.nrel.gov/finance/REFTI.
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