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CleanCapital Refinances 46.9 MW Solar Portfolio With Santander & CIT

NEW YORK —June 17, 2019—CleanCapital announced today that it has closed on a refinancing of its largest solar portfolio, Tahoe. The 46.9 megawatt portfolio, one of the largest independent C&I solar portfolios in the U.S., was acquired from ATN International, Inc. subsidiary Ahana Renewables. Lenders for the $85.7 million financing that matures in 2026 are Santander Bank, N.A. (“Santander”) and CIT Bank, N.A. (“CIT”).  

CleanCapital has grown rapidly over the last year, acquiring more than 84 MW of distributed operating solar since April 2018. The Tahoe portfolio was acquired by CleanCapital last November as part of its partnership with BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group. The underwriting of the debt by Santander Bank and CIT signals confidence in CleanCapital’s track record of quality execution in C&I solar.    

“As we continue to build up our assets under management and optimize the value of those portfolios, partnering with the top banks in the market gives us best-in-class execution,” said CleanCapital Chief Investment Officer Matt Eastwick. “We’re pleased to work with CIT and Santander Bank on this refinancing, which enhances investor returns on our largest and most diverse solar portfolio.”

“Sustainability financing is a core competency at Santander Bank and we are thrilled to support CleanCapital and BlackRock in their clean energy endeavors” said Nuno Andrade, Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance for North America at Santander Bank, N.A.’s Corporate & Investment Banking Group. “We are proud to have structured the financing of this complex C&I solar portfolio to support our valued and strong partners.”

“CIT is proud to support the continued growth of CleanCapital in renewable energy with the successful refinancing of this major solar portfolio,” said Mike Lorusso, managing director and group head for CIT’s Power and Energy business.

About CleanCapital

CleanCapital is an industry-leading clean energy investment platform. Its mission is to accelerate investment in renewable energy to address the urgent threat of climate change. CleanCapital’s leading edge technology platform facilitates the evaluation and acquisition of clean energy assets with speed and certainty. Since 2015, CleanCapital has leveraged investments from BlackRock, CarVal Investors, John Hancock, and other partners to acquire more than $300 million of distributed operating solar assets. Learn more at cleancapital.com | Twitter: @cleancapital_ | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/cleancapital/

BlackRock investment will fuel CleanCapital’s growth

Today we announced that BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group took a stake in CleanCapital. Their investment fuels the continued growth of our company and provides capital to accelerate our clean energy acquisitions.

Read the press release.

For CleanCapital, this marks a kind of end to the beginning of our company story. Marc Garrett, Jon Powers, and I launched CleanCapital with a clear vision: to attract institutional capital to clean energy investment. Not only have we achieved that founding goal, we’ve done it by earning the trust of the world’s largest asset manager.

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Expanding our partnership

We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the team at BlackRock. Led by David Giordano globally and Martin Torres here in the Americas, the partnership gives institutional investors—who are showing increasing interest in real assets—access to the growing renewables market. Their investment empowers us to grow our solar portfolio and also pursue opportunities in new geographies and new clean energy asset classes, like energy storage.

Last year, we partnered with BlackRock on our largest acquisition to date. It was no small feat; the 47 megawatt portfolio, comprised of 60 solar projects in three states, was one of the largest independent C&I solar portfolios in the U.S. A complicated deal like that turned out to be the perfect opportunity to show the team at BlackRock the value of the CleanCapital platform. Using our technology to perform detailed underwriting, our seasoned investment team provided BlackRock with a clear understanding of the opportunity at hand. And we closed the deal with speed and certainty.

Driven by a common mission

BlackRock Chairman & CEO Larry Fink has been outspoken in his belief that the best returns come when you invest with purpose. We believe that by providing access to the growing opportunities in renewable energy we can deliver value to investors and do good for the planet. Through this partnership, we will acquire more high-quality solar and storage projects to build superior portfolios for our investors.

I look forward to sharing more milestones with you as we put this capital to work.

CleanCapital is actively seeking to acquire solar and storage projects. Interested in selling your project? We should talk.

CleanCapital Announces New Investment from BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group

NEW YORK – April 2, 2019 – CleanCapital, an industry-leading clean energy investment platform, announced today a new investment in the firm from funds managed by BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group, which bolsters the ability of the two firms to invest together in clean energy projects.

The investment provides for the continued growth of CleanCapital as it expands into new markets and new renewable energy asset classes, with a specific focus on distributed solar and energy storage.

“The investment from BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group will accelerate CleanCapital’s investment in clean energy, allowing us to enter new asset classes, like energy storage, and expand into new markets. With this investment, we will continue to build out our portfolio and do what we do best: use our proprietary underwriting tools and software to quickly evaluate assets and efficiently close acquisitions,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO and co-founder of CleanCapital.

The latest transaction marks a deepening of the relationship between CleanCapital and BlackRock after the two firms closed on CleanCapital’s largest transaction to-date in November, the acquisition of a 46.9 megawatt portfolio of 60 operating solar energy projects.

“As the clean energy space evolves, the distributed generation sector is expanding and plays an increasingly important role in the U.S. energy transition,” said Martin Torres, Head of the Americas for the Renewable Power Group at BlackRock. “This partnership allows us to access CleanCapital’s platform capabilities as we seek to invest in the assets meeting the demand for clean energy while delivering value to our clients.”

Launched in 2015 by co-founders Thomas Byrne, Jon Powers, and Marc Garrett, CleanCapital today owns and manages $300 million of distributed operating solar energy assets in the United States, with a combined capacity of more than 100 MW. The firm owns and operates 108 solar energy systems in 11 states, ranging in size from 25 kW to 12.6 MW.

About CleanCapital

CleanCapital is an industry-leading clean energy investment platform. Its mission is to accelerate investment in renewable energy to address the urgent threat of climate change. CleanCapital’s leading edge technology platform facilitates the evaluation and acquisition of clean energy assets with speed and certainty. Since 2015, CleanCapital has leveraged investments from BlackRock, CarVal Investors, John Hancock, and other partners to acquire more than $300M of distributed operating solar assets. Learn more at cleancapital.com | Twitter: @cleancapital_ | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/cleancapital/

Financing clean energy to tackle climate change

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its latest World Energy Outlook this week and the outlook is promising for clean energy. They project clean energy to account for 40% of global energy demand by 2040! Unfortunately, projections simultaneously show a steady increase in CO2 emissions which is “far out of step with [what] scientific knowledge tells us is required to tackle climate change.”

CleanCapital is taking bold steps to make capital investments more efficient to accelerate clean energy technologies that limit global warming. Our team has now acquired nearly $250m of operating solar assets in the United States, with our recent acquisition of a 46.9 MW portfolio of solar assets from ATN International, Inc. subsidiary, Ahana Renewables.

As the electricity market experiences its “most dramatic transformation since its creation more than a century ago”, the report acknowledges the “huge investment requirement” needed to meet these demands. A sentiment echoed by last month’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world will have to invest an average of around $3 trillion a year over the next three decades in transforming its energy supply systems. Accelerating and exceeding these clean energy projections becomes possible as we address many of the inefficiencies inhibiting investments in clean energy markets.

Our team at CleanCapital is leveraging technology to address many of the inefficiencies plaguing the fragmented distributed energy financing market. Pairing our technology with dedicated capital from leading global investors like BlackRock and CarVal streamlines and expedites due diligence, allowing complex deals to close efficiently. This enables new capital to flow more freely throughout the distributed energy markets helping it to scale.

The distributed energy market is key to helping limit warming to 1.5c as outlined by the IPCC. We need more innovations like what we are doing at CleanCapital to help deliver these investment-ready assets and bring the much needed capital to the market.

CleanCapital and BlackRock Announce New Partnership to Drive Capital into Distributed Clean Energy Markets

NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2018) – CleanCapital is pleased to announce a new partnership with BlackRock’s global renewable power platform today with the closing of a 46.9 MW portfolio of solar assets from ATN International, Inc. subsidiary, Ahana Renewables. The portfolio consists of 60 operating solar projects located in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The acquisition is CleanCapital’s largest to date.

This transaction highlights both CleanCapital and BlackRock Real Asset’s ability to execute on large, complex deals in the distributed clean energy space. CleanCapital’s technology-driven approach, coupled with access to dedicated capital from funds managed by BlackRock, streamlines and expedites due diligence and analysis, allowing complex deals to close efficiently. In partnering with CleanCapital, BlackRock Real Assets has expanded its footprint in the renewable power sector and further demonstrated its commitment to the attractive investment opportunities in sustainable real assets presented by the global energy transition.

With today’s announcement, CleanCapital has now acquired nearly $250 million of operating solar assets in the United States since its founding less than 3 years ago. It has done so by pairing institutional capital with technology solutions that simplify underwriting in this fragmented space. In fact, this was the first acquisition that was managed entirely through CleanCapital’s diligence software platform.

“This transaction ushers in a new phase for CleanCapital as we launch our partnership with one of the world’s leading renewable power investors, BlackRock, leveraging our cutting edge software,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO of CleanCapital. “As the energy landscape becomes cleaner and more distributed, CleanCapital will continue to create solutions and partnerships that deliver capital throughout this transforming market.”

“BlackRock Real Assets is excited to launch this new partnership with CleanCapital, which will allow us to more efficiently deploy capital in the distributed generation sector of renewable power on behalf of our clients. Investors are increasingly interested in the investment opportunities presented by the rapidly changing clean energy space, and we’re pleased to invest in solar assets that are well-positioned to capitalize on those trends,” said David Giordano, Managing Director and Head of Renewable Power Americas and APAC at BlackRock. “We look forward to working with CleanCapital as we continue to grow our investments in distributed clean energy.”

To learn more, visit cleancapital.com

About CleanCapital
Founded in 2015, CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital has built a proprietary technology platform that identifies, screens, and manages clean energy projects enabling project owners an opportunity to exit their portfolios while providing accredited investors, including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds, unique access to the clean energy investment market. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by following the company on Twitter or Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn. Learn more at http://www.cleancapital.com.

About BlackRock
BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to our clients, we provide the investment and technology solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of September 30, 2018, the firm managed approximately $6.44 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. For additional information on BlackRock, please visit www.blackrock.com | Twitter: @blackrock | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock.

About Ahana Renewables
Ahana Renewables, a subsidiary of ATN International, Inc., is a specialized investment firm focused on alternative energy and long-lived real assets. The company brings its experience to various infrastructure asset classes, capitalizing on bankable technology and strong project fundamentals. Ahana Renewables’ core expertise lies in deal sourcing, public/private contract negotiations and financial structuring to take controlling, owner/operator positions in projects and portfolios. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices and affiliates in Massachusetts, Singapore, and Hyderabad, the company currently operates distributed solar portfolios in India. More information is available at www.ahanarenewables.com.

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