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About this course

This is the first episode of an interview series 'Getting a Solar Project Done' by solar finance expert Christopher Lord.

This episode is an interview with Mike Bammel a Managing Director for Structured Finance/Leasing Practice at Marshall Stevens. Founded in 1932, Marshall & Stevens is a leader in corporate finance, transactional advising, valuation and litigation support.

This insightful interview will help you understand more about how appraisals work and why they can be beneficial for solar and other renewable energy projects.

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Learning Objectives

  • What are the benefits of an appraisal in a renewable energy project
  • Why do investors want an appraisal
  • What is a cost segregation and how does it influence an appraisal
  • How do the ITC and MACRS impact the value of various depreciable assets in a project
  • What steps are involved in a project appraisal
  • Exploring the three methodologies of an appraisal: cost, income, and market; how are they performed and how do they impact the valuation

Course outline

2 modules • 3 assignments

Module 1 • 1 assignments
Role of Appraisal and Cost Seggregation Analysis in a Renewable Energy Project

  • 21 minute audio interview with Chris Lord and Mike Bammel (.mp3)


  • Chris Lord

    Managing Director, CapIron, Inc.
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    Christopher J. Lord is the Managing Director of CapIron, Inc., a firm focused, among other things, on helping clients plan, structure and close financings involving renewable energy projects, including Distributed Generation and Utility-Scale Projects. Mr. Lord graduated from Cornell Law School, and practiced corporate law in firms, and in-house, for over 25 years. He... Learn more

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Based on 25 reviews
students have taken this course

What I like most in this discussion are the subjects covered in the Independent Report. This primarily includes verification of projected income, financial modelling, understanding and verify all the information and data and arrived at a reasonable project assessment. I have come across renewable/solar project which didn't really undergo detailed financial analysis or without even analyzing the financial risk the developer or investor will be facing in the future. They thought that all renewable energy projects are profitable to invest without even doing the proper audit of the project.

Emmanuel Alferez

It was a good course to know what the value of a professional appraisal does and what their report is used for.

Andrew Gittins

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