Project Financing Services

The “New Normal” in Today’s Financial Marketplace

Attracting equity capital and obtaining long-term financing, including project finance, is a growing challenge in today’s economy. Most projects do not get funded simply because the developers and/or its advisors may lack the full scope of:

  • What financing is available
  • Fail to identify the proper financing venue with all its intricacies
  • Fail to prepare a proper financing presentation
  • Fail to properly identify and document the proper risk mitigation strategy(s)

Westar Trade Resources assists clients in lowering obstacles to finance and can assist in producing positive financing outcomes, including financing for capital expenditures and debt restructuring, for both large and small businesses across multiple industries. An integral part of the process is working with our clients to understand, establish, and assist in developing a business strategy for the purpose of identifying and overcoming risks leading to a successful, sustainable term financing or equity investment for the business and/or the projects.

Our Track Record

Westar is an international boutique consulting firm that has been part of over $2 billion worth of projects; it has assisted companies in obtaining over $84 million in grants and $816 million in government guaranteed funding from the USDA, DOE, and Export-Import Bank.

How We Provide Value

Westar enjoys an intimate knowledge of the energy market – renewables, clean technologies, and oil and gas- with an extensive pool of national and international intellectual resources that includes government funding, banking, bond financing, engineering, real estate, legal and marketing.

Our Services

Feasibility Studies – A comprehensive independent third-party feasibility study is Indispensable in securing capital. By analyzing and compiling economic, marketing, technology, management, and financial risks of the business or project through a written independent third-party feasibility study document, our clients gain additional credibility that internally-generated company materials cannot provide. Investors and lenders tend to review the project more rapidly, and in many cases, more favorably due to a complete and independent presentation. For international projects, we also provide the additional risk analysis of political and social structure, terrorism, monetary policies, infrastructure, logistics, and raw materials analysis, as well as other locally identified risks.

Risk Mitigation Strategies – Well proven strategies, we consider that presenting a well-balanced risk profile to potential investors and/or lenders is imperative. Our network can also assist in developing bankable long-term feedstock and sales agreements, the introduction of compatible technologies that can increase yield and profitability, insurance products, technology risk mitigation measures, acquisition and partnership strategies, and distribution and marketing strategies.

Government Incentives – Experience and proven record in identification, application process and procurement of grants, loan guarantees, US and foreign tax credits and other government programs and other incentives to provide additional financial support, market accessibility, and increased financial leverage for equity investments including USDA, DOE, DOD, SBA, ExIm Bank, OPIC, and International Development Banks.

Financial Analysis and Presentations – An essential part of any kind of project financing. We assist in developing financial application presentations that will allow for rapid internal analysis and approval for equity and debt.

Project/Construction Financing – We work with our clients to identify the proper funding venue(s) and assisting the client through the applications process, including government programs, traditional financing, and proprietary bond finance structures.

International Expertise – Our team is comprised of experienced professionals with international experience and relationships. We also have a portfolio of proven, commercial technologies, and can produce financial presentations for various international funding programs. We also specialize in financing the foreign buyer, which can be challenging in today’s marketplace, and can operate as your company’s back-office financing department.

Who We Work With

Our domestic and international client portfolio currently includes companies that have engaged in:

  • Renewable Fuels
  • Renewable Electricity and Battery Storage
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Biochemicals
  • Other Environmentally Sustainable Technologies 
  • Oil and Gas Service Companies 
  • Food and Fiber Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate Acquisition, Modification, and Expansion

What Others Are Saying

“Cindy is a passionate and capable individual that deeply cares how effective her team at Westar Trade Resources is for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with and her positive attitude is never shaken, regardless of the challenges. She is collaborative and seeks to find solutions with every opportunity.” John Plaza, CEO, Imperium Renewables

“I am pleased to recommend Cindy Thyfault and Westar to any biofuels company, or fuel company stakeholder seeking grants and or loan guarantees for projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. Cindy and Westar serve as a very unique resource to our over 60 fuel company stakeholders.” Richard Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Association (CAAFI)

“Cindy and her team supported a grant writing effort for a collaborative team of companies. She offered great feedback and support to sustain momentum during the process. I continue to use Cindy to discuss ideas and offer advice for business related initiatives.” Joel Stone, CEO, Green Biologics

“My clients and I have worked with Cindy for several years in close association. Cindy is the absolute best government funding proposal drafter with whom I have worked. She has worked with us on approximately 12 comprehensive proposals for government funding and her fabulous work qualified each of these clients as a finalist for funding against scores of other proposals in a highly competitive setting. I recommend Cindy highly.” Mark Riedy, Partner, Mintz Levin

“I had the pleasure of working with Cindy on the funding and financing options for various alternative energy projects. Cindy is the foremost expert in funding options, grants and the governments alternative energy programs. She is a consumate professional who works tirelessly for her Clients. In addition, she is a pleasure to work with and always has her Client's best interest at heart. I would recommend that anyone who is considering financing options for an alternative energy project should talk to Cindy before making a final decision. She is truly the expert in her field of knowledge.” Greg Hext, CEO, Chapman, Hext & Co., P.C.

How We Can Work With You

We have a flexible retainer fee schedule, and can work with clients on a per-project contract arrangement or on an hourly fee basis as desired. Please contact us for more information and a free consultation at (214) 320-0900 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (214) 320-0900      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or, and also review our website at