NY Green Bank has entered into two transactions with SolarCity Corporation to accelerate the deployment of solar projects across New York State. The two transactions fund, respectively, a static pool of SolarCity’s existing solar assets (US$20 million revolving credit facility), and new solar projects ($US30 million term loan facility) – as one provides a five-year non-recourse term loan, and the other provides construction financing for SolarCity’s upcoming solar projects in New York. The post-construction term loan facility was arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a global corporate and investment bank engaged by SolarCity. SolarCity is the largest residential solar provider in NY.
NYGB’s participation provides SolarCity additional financial flexibility, and helps to strengthen the medium-term lending market as an alternative to refinancing through the traditional asset-backed security market or private placement market. This transaction demonstrates NYGB’s continued success in enhancing liquidity, decreasing the cost of capital for solar developers and installers, and helping reduce the cost of solar power to customers.