SolarCity Corp continues to lose more money with each incremental sale. Meanwhile, electric utilities can leverage their low cost of capital, existing customer relationships and ability to recover capital expenditures in rate base to spur adoption of renewable energy.
In the US, renewable-energy developers continue to reap the rewards of favorable policies at the state and federal level. However, concerns about rising electricity costs and general opposition to government subsidies raise questions about whether this support will continue.
Long-term supply contracts ensure that utility yieldcos should maintain their dividends even if the boom in renewable-energy installations goes bust. However, lofty valuations suggest that the market has already priced in a great deal of upside. Tread carefully.
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