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Green IPP projects - reflections on risk structure

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One of the most important hindrances that still impede many renewable energy projects is the perception of such projects by potential lenders and investors as low-profit and risky undertakings. This paper aims at delineating a more precise picture of these groups of energy projects explaining more in detail the risk characteristics that are shared by both groups of energy projects and the essential differences between them. Therefore, different types of green power generators are distinguished and the market position of green independent power (green IPPs) producers is discussed. Then, the risks of renewable energy projects are discussed following a structural approach of a risk classification into technical, commercial and other (mainly political) risks.

Keywords: renewable energy projects, risk structure, risk management, independent power producers

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