CleanCapital adds a 15 project solar portfolio in New Jersey for its largest acquisition to date

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CleanCapital just announced its largest acquisition to date, a 75.2 MW 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, a private, non-utility affiliated owner and operator of large-scale C&I solar power generation. 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.

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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.”

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CleanCapital reports Tahoe is its largest C&I solar portfolio refinancing to date

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CleanCapital 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. and CIT Bank, N.A.

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.”

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“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.

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CleanCapital buys 13-MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions in Indiana, Ohio

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CleanCapital acquired a 13.2 MW solar portfolio from General Energy Solutions USA, comprised of sites in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. CleanCapital now owns and operates 108 solar sites in 11 states ranging in size from 25 kW to 12,600 kW. The company’s partnerships with CarVal Investors, BlackRock, and other institutional investors are driving institutional investment into the rapidly growing distributed clean energy sector.

CleanCapital’s growth has accelerated in the past 12 months, having invested more than $300 million to acquire more than 100 MW of distributed operating solar assets throughout the United States. This investment is the latest in a series of acquisitions through CleanCapital’s $250 million investment vehicle with CarVal Investors. Included in this acquisition is a portion of the IND Solar Farm at the Indianapolis International Airport, which was, when completed in 2013, the largest solar farm on airport real estate in the world.

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“Our mission at CleanCapital is to accelerate the flow of capital to renewable energy projects in response to the urgent threat of climate change,” said Thomas Byrne, CEO of CleanCapital. “This most recent acquisition again affirms the robust investor appetite for these assets; CleanCapital remains committed to growing institutional investment in all sectors of the clean energy market via our cutting-edge platform.”

“The CleanCapital team had the expertise and capital resources to move our portfolio from initial evaluation to closing in less than 60 days,” said Jack Chen, Managing Director of General Energy Solutions USA. “We are proud to work with an organization that so clearly demonstrates the capacity to invest in and effectively manage clean energy assets.”

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CleanCapital forms partnership with BlackRock to drive new clean energy capital

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CleanCapital announced a new partnership with BlackRock’s global renewable power platform 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.

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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.”

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CleanCapital with yet another 10+ MW solar portfolio acquisition

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CleanCapital announced a second solar acquisition from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in multiples states in the Northeast. The 10.2 MW portfolio comes less than a month after the acquisition of a 14.3 MW portfolio from X-Elio.

This new portfolio is comprised of two solar projects located in Massachusetts and consists of high-quality customers including a corporate entity and municipality as the offtakers. How did CleanCapital execute on these two complex transactions in a short timeframe? The company cites its proprietary platform, coupled with access to dedicated capital, that streamlines and expedites due diligence and analysis, allowing complex deals like these to close efficiently.

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This announcement brings CleanCapital’s total to nearly $150 million of acquired operating solar assets. It’s an exciting year for the team as they change the paradigm for clean energy finance. Despite the historic growth across the industry, the flow of capital within the space remains largely stagnant. Leveraging their proprietary platform and capital partnerships, CleanCapital is bringing liquidity to a historically capital inefficient clean energy marketplace.

“This is only the beginning. Closing two complex deals on such a short timeline is an exciting next step for us and the clean energy marketplace. We were founded on the principle that we can streamline the complexities of clean energy transactions by leveraging technology, allowing for more capital to enter the sector and accelerating clean energy deployment,” said Marc Garrett, CTO, CleanCapital.

“Transactions such as this can get bogged down by the complex diligence process but the CleanCapital team was efficient and very professional at managing the acquisition of these operating solar assets,” said John Faltings, President of G&S Solar.

This deal was brokered on behalf of G&S Solar by Chris Hopgood of Ignite Renewable Capital, LLC.

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