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2109, 2020

How Solar Investors Can Help Pave The Way For A Green Economic Recovery

September 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As an entrepreneur in the telecommunications infrastructure industry during the 2008 financial crisis, I learned that infrastructure is a safe business to be in during an economic downturn. That’s because infrastructure projects are long-term investments that have innate value and can survive the vagaries of financial markets. I’ve since applied that lesson to my work in the clean energy industry by establishing a solar mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) [...]

1009, 2020

Thriving Solar Market Braces for Possible Tax Equity ‘Chokepoint’

September 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

A shortage of tax equity would hit smaller developers hardest, though the industry remains hopeful that lawmakers will help. But in that same conversation, investors from First Horizon Bank and M&T Bank said they were decelerating or done with investments for the year. And even as global investment bank RBC Capital Markets expects to nearly double its volume this year, “developers are finding many doors closed,” said Yonette Chung McLean, who works [...]

2307, 2020

Solar Finance with Jim Spano, Co-Founder of RadiantREIT

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Today we interview the co-founder of RadiantREIT, Jim Spano, who you will see is perhaps the most knowledgeable solar finance professional in the US today. Spano and colleagues have given solar developers a new set of tools which greatly enhances their ability to develop and finance more solar projects. Watch the video

2705, 2020

Episode 84 | Energy Equity | RadiantREIT

May 27th, 2020|Categories: News|

I like solar power because there’s a populist component to it. You don’t have to be a Fortune 50 company to develop a project. Small, smart, hardworking companies can bring a farm on line. It’s a quality about the sector that I also respected while working in the fracking industry. To Read the Full Article

1305, 2020

Jim Spano SmartGridToday Podcast

May 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

Jim Spano is co-founder of RadientREIT, a firm pioneering the use of the REIT real-estate construct to treat solar generation deployments as real estate, making solar a very attractive investment. He also told us about his work using home solar plus battery storage to build virtual power plants. This industry is wide open and he has very few competitors and told us how regulatory constructs are blocking progress. Go to [...]

2704, 2020

Jim Spano, Managing Partner, Spano Partner Holdings RENEW Podcast Episode 1

April 27th, 2020|Categories: News|

Mr. Spano is a managing partner of Spano Partner Holdings and leads other ventures as a nationally recognized expert in solar development and finance. He is the co-founder and head of originations at RadiantREIT, which will be the first solar mortgage real estate investment trust in the country, established to offer long-term, fixed-rate debt that enables more self-ownership for developers and healthier balance sheets. Jim is also the co-founder of [...]

2104, 2020

How Family Offices Can Invest In Solar

April 21st, 2020|Categories: News|

I recently outlined the factors that family offices should keep in mind when considering whether or not to invest in solar. It is safe to say that none of us anticipated the markets and our world would change so drastically since that story was published just a couple of months ago. But there is still great value in educating family offices about the different types of solar investment opportunities — [...]

904, 2020

What can solar learn from the 2008 financial crisis in the age of Covid-19?

April 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

Even as global PV forecasts fall, tax equity dries up and unemployment rises, Jim Spano, co-founder of RadiantREIT, believes that the right type of government stimulus could not only help the solar industry recover — but drive it to new heights. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, the U.S. Treasury created Program 1603, which gave payments, instead of investment tax credits, to income-generating clean [...]

303, 2020

Addressing Finance Challenges Facing Large Solar Projects

March 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Tell us about yourself and your company RadiantREIT. I am the co-founder and head of originations at RadiantREIT,and I lead other ventures in the solar and real estate industries as a managing partner of Spano Partners Holdings, a real estate investment firm. I am also the co-founder of My-Resi, an energy storage development company. I am the founder and president of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), vice [...]

1102, 2020

Why Solar Investments Make Sense For Family Offices

February 11th, 2020|Categories: News|

Solar energy is rapidly expanding and shows no signs of slowing down. Over the past decade, the industry has experienced an average annual growth rate of 50%. Working in real estate, finance and renewable energy, I’ve seen how investors — from the biggest fund management firms to individuals — are taking note, and family offices are particularly well positioned to invest in this growing market. Read the Full Story Here

801, 2020

Opportunity zones explained: A helpful solar incentive

January 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

Federal opportunity zones, which offer tax benefits to qualifying businesses, are little known and not always well understood. But they can offer important advantages to solar companies, adding to solar tax benefits such as the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Opportunity zones were created to promote economic development in low-income communities by allowing companies to defer capital gains taxes, said Roman Petra, attorney for Nelson Mullins who specializes in commercial [...]

701, 2020

Eliminating Capital Constraints For C&I Development With Jim Spano, RadiantREIT

January 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

Jim Spano is co-founder of RadiantREIT, Managing Partner of Spano Partner Holdings and a nationally recognized expert in solar development and finance. He has been instrumental in the development of over 300 megawatts of solar generation primarily in the Northeast United States. He is the founder and President of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), Vice-President of the Mid Atlantic Solar and Storage Industry Association (MSSIA), on the [...]

1112, 2019

Aurora Blog

December 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

Federal opportunity zones, which offer tax benefits to qualifying businesses, are little known and not always well understood. But they can offer important advantages to solar companies, adding to solar tax benefits such as the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Read the Full Story Here

2911, 2019

Your First Thousand Clients with Mitch Russo

November 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

Sometimes, it pays to look at what projects you have on the sidelines because they just might be what will lead you to success. Jim Spano is an Air Force veteran who specialized in Russian linguistics. After leaving the service, he went on to work for the Metropolitan Insurance Company and later on put up an insurance brokerage that eventually became a high-net-worth financial planning firm. Read the Full Article [...]

110, 2019

Highlights from the #Solar100 at SPI 2019

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Now for the second year at Solar Power International, attendees and #Solar100 Leaders were invited to nominate “Next Interviews” and “New Entrants” to the #Solar100. Below are select highlights. Stay tuned for additions to the #Solar100 and new interviews on pv magazine USA. New Entrant Nomination Highlights Read the Full Article Here

1909, 2019

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

September 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s gonna break my heart to see it blown to bits. That’s the refrain of the best song of 2019, “Blown to Bits” by Charly Bliss — a catchy rumination on the state of the world right now. It was playing in my headphones as I put this section together and suddenly everything connected. What is this section? Consider it a preview. Read the Full Article Here

909, 2019

Jim Spano, Managing Partner at Spano Partners, Founder & Director of Origination for Radiant REIT – Episode 35

September 9th, 2019|Categories: News|

Jim Spano is Managing Partner at Spano Partners, and Founder & Director of Origination for Radiant REIT. He is a dedicated philanthropist that has already put 300 MW of solar in the ground and has created a fund to provide $10B over the next three years. To access this podcast click here

2507, 2019

SUNCAST: Jim Spano on Solar Development & Finance

July 25th, 2019|Categories: News|

Jim Spano is co-founder of Radiant REIT, Managing Partner of Spano Partner Holdings and a nationally recognized expert in solar development and finance. He has been instrumental in the development of over 300 megawatts of solar generation primarily in the Northeast United States. He is the founder and President of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), Vice-President of the Mid Atlantic Solar and Storage Industry Association (MSSIA), [...]

2507, 2019

Triple Pundit: How Institutional Investors Can Harness the Solar Power Boom

July 25th, 2019|Categories: News|

Over the past decade, demand for solar energy has skyrocketed in the United States and abroad – a trend that is expected to continue well into the 2020s. Despite the consistent growth of this transformative market, investment into the solar sector has been volatile and met with mixed results. Solar stocks, for instance, have taken investors on a wild ride time and again. There are several reasons for this, such as uncertainty [...]

2307, 2019

The First True Renewable REIT in the market: An interview with Jeff Just of RadiantREIT

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|

As the solar industry prepares strategies for dealing with the investment tax credit (ITC) step down, there is a silver-lining in that tax equity will become a smaller part of the capital stack, making more room for debt to fill that gap and enabling developers to own more of their assets. By owning more of their assets, developer's business model will shift from that of a service provider to [...]

1507, 2019

Renewable Energy World: Long-term financing for solar is possible and critical for supporting continued industry growth

July 15th, 2019|Categories: News|

By Jim Spano Installed solar capacity in the United States exceeded 10 GW for the third year in a row in 2018, and the pace of growth is expected to continue. The first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the history of the U.S. solar market, according to a recent report from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Yet inefficient and costly project [...]

1306, 2019

Solar Power World: The time is right to rethink long-term financing options for solar projects

June 13th, 2019|Categories: News|

By Jim Spano, co-founder and head of originations at RadiantREIT; managing partner of Spano Partners Holdings The solar industry is booming, with installed capacity growing by about 50% annually between 2015 and 2018. Yet inefficient and costly project financing inhibits many solar developers from tapping into the market’s true potential. With changes to the investment tax credit (ITC) looming, there is an opportunity to address some of the long-term financing [...]

1804, 2019

SolarWakeup: This is your SolarWakeup for April 18th, 2019

April 18th, 2019|Categories: News|

A Development Podcast. Check out the new episode of SolarWakeup Podcast with solar developer, Jim Spano, in which we talk about all things solar in New Jersey as well as his new venture to bring REIT capital to solar.  Climate At Fox News. Senator Sanders held a town hall on Fox News and did two things we talk about a lot. When asked about national security he pivoted the answer to [...]

110, 2018

pv magazine: New solar REIT to make long-term solar loans

October 1st, 2018|Categories: News|

By offering long-term solar mortgages that can be repaid from project cash flows, the founders of Radiant REIT plan to meet an industry need. The REIT is starting with a $300 million fund. A new company, Radiant REIT, is inviting loan inquiries from solar developers to refinance short-term debt and buy out tax equity investors. Radiant REIT plans to issue long-term loans that match the duration of a solar [...]

2709, 2018

S & P Global: First purely-solar REIT promises new financing structure

September 27th, 2018|Categories: News|

A group of solar industry veterans is launching Radiant REIT, a real estate investment trust focused solely on solar assets. Billed as the sector's first purely solar-focused REIT, the venture was launched at Solar Power International 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., during pre-conference workshops Sept. 24. The trust was founded by Jeff Just, its new CEO who is also the founder and CEO of Jersey City, N.J.-based Distribusun/Radiant Power, and [...]

2509, 2018

The Technical Symposium (Solar Power International)

September 25th, 2018|Categories: News|

Event Details Date: 09/25/2018 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Venue: Anaheim Convention Center (Room 203 AB) As a nationally recognized specialist and the driving force behind the role of renewable energy in the US energy mix, Jim Spano was invited to moderate a conference session at the SPI in Anaheim on September 25. Do not miss the opportunity to join The Technical Symposium, the event for the technical and [...]

2509, 2018

Radiant Solar Mortgage REIT Exclusive Business Circle

September 25th, 2018|Categories: News|

Event Details Date: 09/25/2018 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Venue: Hilton Anaheim (Room Laguna A, 4th floor) This exclusive networking event aims to bring together decision makers from solar and finance sector and is brought to you by RadiantREIT. You will gain a deep understanding about: Long term mortgage debt financing at COD, committed at NTP Matching PPA/Lease terms, warranties, and revenues to a debt instrument Solar +/- Storage, [...]

2409, 2018

IBESA 3rd U.S. Energy Storage Day

September 24th, 2018|Categories: News|

Event DetailsDate: 09/24/2018 8:00 am – 4:30 pmVenue: Anaheim Convention Center (Room 204B).As part of the renowned 3rd IBESA U.S. Storage Day, RadiantREIT will deliver a keynote presentation on its groundbreaking financing vehicle.Presentation details:Long-term Financing on Solar + Storage AssetsModerated by:James Spano, CEC, CIC, Managing Partner, Spano Partners Holding, LLCSpeakers:Jeff Just, Chairman/Founder, Radiant, Inc.Jonathan Lieberman, Former Managing Director, Angelo, Gordon, & Co.Jigar Shah, CEO, Generate CapitalSee the complete program here. [...]

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