On April 9, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC), a database of solar facility performance data designed to lower investing costs and to attract new types of investors. These new investment styles include master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs) which provide a larger pool of capital over a longer period of time at lower interest rates. The clearinghouse will let credit rating agencies and investors review the underlying risks of investing. O-SPaRC is part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative which aims to cut solar costs by $1 per watt, or 75 percent, by 2020.