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A seminal financing advances CleanCapital’s long-term goal of securitizing distributed renewable energy portfolios to attract institutional investors.
A 75 megawatt acquisition along with a landmark financing solidify CleanCapital’s position as one of the leading owner-operators of C&I solar in the U.S. and a pioneer in clean energy finance.
NEW YORK—July 18, 2019—CleanCapital announced today its largest acquisition to date, a 75.2 megawatt solar portfolio made up of 15 operating solar projects in New Jersey. This is the fourth in a series of acquisitions made through CleanCapital’s $250 million investment vehicle with CarVal Investors. CleanCapital now owns and operates 180 MW of renewable energy assets and holds $465 million worth of assets under management.
Concurrent to this acquisition, CleanCapital and funds managed by CarVal Investors have closed on a $300 million debt warehouse facility with Credit Suisse.
The solar portfolio, dubbed “Olympic”, was acquired from KDC Solar LLC (“KDC”). KDC, a private, non-utility affiliated owner and operator of large-scale C&I solar power generation, is majority owned by Diamond Castle Holdings, LLC. Fox Rothschild represented KDC in this deal.
The 15 operating solar assets, which entered commercial operation between 2011 and 2016, average 5 MW and range in size from 157 kW to 10 MW. Off takers for these projects include Fortune 100 companies as well as local governments and institutions.
“This acquisition, our largest to date, solidifies CleanCapital’s position as one of the leading owner-operators of C&I solar in the U.S.,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO of CleanCapital.
The acquisition was led by Melinda Baglio, Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel at CleanCapital, who added, “This portfolio is a perfect illustration of how our technology gives us a competitive edge when it comes to conducting due diligence on sizable and complex portfolios.”
“As one of the largest C&I solar developer/owner/operators in New Jersey we are pleased to close this transaction with CleanCapital, which is focused on owning C&I solar projects and has the ability and scale to own and operate these C&I projects for many years to come,” said Alan Epstein, President and CEO of KDC Solar LLC.
The Olympic acquisition illustrates CleanCapital’s effective execution on the aggregation strategy launched in partnership with CarVal Investors in 2018. The company plans to leverage the proceeds to further accelerate acquisitions of small-scale renewable energy projects throughout the U.S., building well-constructed portfolios attractive to institutional investors in the ABS market.
“The debt warehouse facility grants us access to a new type of financing, bolstering our overall capital capacity to acquire distributed solar and energy storage projects,” said Matt Eastwick, Chief Investment Officer at CleanCapital. “This seminal financing takes us a step closer to our long-term vision of securitization, which is key to our mission to drive institutional investment in clean energy.”
“We’re proud to partner with CleanCapital,
whose innovative approach to structuring these investments has made it, in our
view, the clear industry leader in clean energy finance,” said Jerry Keefe,
Principal at CarVal Investors. “With CleanCapital’s active approach to asset
management, we believe renewable energy portfolios have strong potential as long-term
investments. Our acquisitions in partnership with CleanCapital total more than
100 MW since May of last year, reflecting our confidence in these assets.”
CleanCapital is an industry-leading clean energy investment platform. Launched in 2015 by co-founders Thomas Byrne, Jon Powers, and Marc Garrett, CleanCapital’s mission is to accelerate investment in renewable energy to address the urgent threat of climate change. CleanCapital has leveraged investments from BlackRock, CarVal Investors, John Hancock, and other partners to acquire more than $465 million of distributed operating solar assets. Learn more at cleancapital.com.
About CarVal Investors
CarVal Investors is a leading global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, CarVal has invested $114 billion in 5,340 transactions across 80 countries. CarVal has an established history of energy and power investments and is innovative in structuring partnerships in the renewables industry. For more information, visit www.carvalinvestors.com.
President of the BCSE and Head of Americas at Bloomberg NEF
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.
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/
President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation
Co-Founder of G2VP
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.
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/
Chief Technology Officer at Salesforce