Marley Urdanick

Marley  Urdanick
Associate Director at Indigo Advisory Group
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2015
Leader, Yale FES Energy Club Association of Energy Services Professionals

Marley is currently Associate Director of Indigo Advisory Group. Indigo works with utilities and energy companies to deliver market leading strategy, technologyand innovation services. Prior to that, Marley spent over three years as a Consultant at PA Consulting Group. She holds an MEM from Yale FES, where she focused on the intersection of energy, finance and energy efficiency. She was a research assistant at CBEY and worked for Yale’s Clean Energy Finance Forum, the only news source focused exclusively on energy efficiency finance and renewable energy finance.

She spent one summer as a finance intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. At NREL, she supported the renewable energy finance team and published an article that examined emerging renewable energy finance structures, called “yieldcos”.

Prior to Yale, Marley worked as assistant coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension to support NYSERDA's residential energy efficiency program, Green Jobs Green New York. During this time she helped launch the On Bill Recovery program and helped build relationships between program participants, contractors and the program administrator. Marley served on the Broome County Environmental Management Council from 2008 until she left her position as Vice Chair to attend Yale in 2013. Marley was born and raised in upstate New York and holds a BS from Binghamton University.

Authored Articles

Alternative Market Solutions Could Ignite Renewable Energy Finance

How can alternative financing solutions help expand clean energy through capital markets? Industry experts convened at this year’s Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) East conference in Miami on Sept. 20-23 to discuss these possibilities. Yieldcos, crowdfunding or peer-to-peer (p2p) markets, and property-assessed clean energy ( ) financing could supplement the role of securitization...

Solar Securitization Tackles Tax Equity Challenges

To carry out a sizeable securitization of distributed generation assets, an investment-grade credit rating is necessary. But structural challenges unique to the solar asset class make this difficult to achieve. These structural challenges were the focus of a panel discussion at this year’s Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) East conference in Miami...

Assessing Risk for a Vast Commercial Solar Market

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the truSolar working group have developed a risk-screening tool targeted toward middle-market commercial solar projects. According to Jamie Mandel, manager at RMI, commercial rooftop and ground-mount systems, which can range from 10 kW to 1 MW, are not financed as often as they should be.

Energy Efficiency Is a Ripe Market for Small to Mid-Size Lenders

Small energy-efficiency lenders face major obstacles including a lack of customer demand and data, a shortage of standardization metrics, regulatory hurdles, and an absence of underwriting standards, according to a report from the Small Energy Efficiency Convening (SLEEC). The SLEEC took place in October 2013 when the American Council...
Empty office floor, full of possibilities?

Retrofitting buildings after Covid-19 emptied many commercial properties can boost efficiency and sustainability- but doing so will take coordination, patience and strategy. 

Uncovering the Energy Efficiency Insurance Risks of Small Office Buildings

Energi, a leading provider of specialized insurance and risk management solutions, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered in October 2013 to analyze and begin to quantify the uninsurable risks of energy efficiency retrofits in small office buildings. Uninsurable risk is one of the largest barriers to financing energy...