Below are soundbites from panel discussions on September 14, 2016 at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and were prepared without the benefit of a transcript or a recording.
Supply of Tax Equity Investment
“There are 32 tax equity investors in the renewables market, about 26 of those invest in solar.” — Managing Director from a Money Center Bank
“It is very challenging when syndicators are trying to bring in new investors. Each new investor takes nine to 15 months to work through its approval issues.” — Director, Renewable Energy Investments for a Commercial Bank
“We continue to see insurance companies get into the market. They like the asset. You might have newcomers that invest in 20 MW of projects in commercial transactions.” — Managing Director of a Boutique Financial Advisor
“There are more investors for solar than wind. Wind is limited to experienced project [financiers]. Overall there is enough tax equity capacity for solar.” — Managing Director of a Boutique Financial Advisor
“We prioritize tax equity investment opportunities based on:
- Basic project finance fundamentals – quality of the sponsor and its management team, the quality of the power purchase agreement (“PPA”), the quality of the equipment and its warranties, and pro forma stress tests.
- The minimum amount out the door. For solar, we want to be investing $75 to $100 million per transaction. If the transaction involves commercial and industrial or residential projects, we like it to take no more than six to nine months to deploy that amount.
- Repeat business. Does the sponsor have a pipeline of projects, so we can reuse the papers we have” negotiated. — Managing Director from a Money Center Bank
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