May 5, 2010

The Department of Energy Rolls Out the FIPP Model

David P. Sofge
The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) is attempting to accelerate the deployment of government funding for renewable energy projects with a remarkably innovative program. The Financial Institution Partnership Program (“FIPP”) announced in October 2009 under Solicitation Number DE-FOA-0000166 (the "FIPP Solicitation") seeks to meet the challenge of achieving maximum speed and volume for DOE’s loan guarantee program by implementing a new plan to draw on the human and financial capital of the private sector in underwriting applications for guarantees, using familiar loan syndication structures as a model.

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