16 Nov

Raising capital in very large chunks: The rise of solar securitization

- posted November 16, 2018

Securitization of U.S. solar cash flows is hitting its stride in 2018. In just the last several weeks, SunPower and Sunrun have issued (or about to issue) roughly $818 million in debt through the asset backed securitization (ABS) market, sums unheard of just a few short years ago.

11 Oct

Solar Finance Council Launches Investor Portal to Provide Information Transparency for Investors in Solar Energy Projects

- posted October 11, 2018

Boulder, Colo – The Solar Finance Council (SFC), an industry working group designed to improve access to low-cost capital and reduce transaction costs, has launched a new SFC Investor Portal to facilitate knowledge sharing in the solar investment space. The new resource will be a “one stop shop” to help investors and other stakeholders navigate the wide range of publicly available finance information for solar energy investments in the United States.

“There are still many friction points to investing in solar energy projects and companies, including fragmented silos of information,” said Mike Mendelsohn, the Solar Finance Council’s executive director. “The SFC Investor Portal is designed to reduce the perception of risk and uncertainty around these solid financial assets.”

The Investor Portal combines rating agency reviews of debt and securitization offerings, relevant industry reports, articles, and websites, as well as standardization and best practice documents in one organized repository. It will be frequently updated with new information and functionality.

“We are open to feedback and suggestions on how to continually improve this publicly available industry resource. Our hope is that it will be a first step in meeting the SFC’s mission of lower cost capital and reduced transaction costs for solar energy projects,” Mendelsohn added.

To add or refine information found in the portal, please contact info@solarfinancecouncil.org.

Media contact:
Jared Blanton

About Solar Finance Council:
The Solar Finance Council, a member-led industry working group, conducts unique, high-quality industry data and research initiatives to remove barriers and enhance access to investment capital for wide-scale solar deployment.

30 May

Solar Finance Council partners with kWh Analytics to release performance metrics and industry best producers

- posted May 30, 2018

The Solar Finance Council and kWh Analytics issued first-of-its-kind industry insight into solar asset performance across the U.S. The report, the Asset Leagues Table, summarizes production data from roughly 13 GW of solar systems and names the best-producing systems in the country.

"The report provides valuable data for system developers, investors, and other stakeholders to benchmark their projects and investments," states Mike Mendelsohn, Executive Director of the Solar Finance Council. "We here at SFC are proud to partner on providing the critical transparency necessary to grow our industry. The Solar Finance Council is designed to be a bridge between the solar and investment communities, and good quality data is the key to unlocking low-cost capital to scale solar deployment as quickly as possible. By doing so, we may be able to meet the extraordinary challenge ahead of cleaning our electricity supplies and electrifying our entire energy economy."

The Asset Leagues Table represents the first materials from the Solar Finance Council. Over the next weeks and months, more high-quality analysis and data will be published in order to meet the SFC mission of facilitating capital formation opportunities for truly wide-scale solar deployment.

​Greentech Media picked up the story, available here.

23 May

Announcing Solar Finance Council - dedicated to opening capital for wide-scale solar deployment...

- posted May 23, 2018

“To meet the climate challenge before us, solar will need to scale rapidly while government support through the investment tax credit will decline to very low levels, starting in 2020. Accordingly, the industry needs to find new and larger sources of capital, and to do so, improve investor confidence that solar assets produce energy and long-term cash flows as originally projected.”