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Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 25th May
Distributed Solar Development (DSD) has closed on $85 million in tax equity financing from Bank of America to support its expanding pipeline of distributed generation solar projects in the C&I market through 2021. A sizeable portion going toward New York State Energy Development and Research Authority Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) assets.
This is the third major financing deal DSD has closed this year. DSD previously announced a two-year, $300 million debt facility financed by Credit Suisse in January 2021 and a two-year, $150 million construction revolver with Rabobank in March, both of which will support DSD’s expanding pipeline of distributed generation solar projects in the C&I market.
“Our tax equity financing with Bank of America nicely complements the Credit Suisse and Rabobank financing deals closed earlier this year, and once again validates DSD’s evolution as an industry hub for the C&I market,” says DSD CEO Erik Schiemann. “We look forward to further developing our industry-leading renewable energy solutions.”
As part of Bank of America’s Environmental Business Initiative the company has deployed $200 billion since 2007 to low-carbon, sustainable business activities and recently committed $1 trillion in financing by 2030 to these efforts. Its renewable energy tax equity portfolio was approximately $10.1 billion at the end of 2020 and these investments have contributed to the development of approximately 17% (33GW) of the total installed renewable wind and solar energy capacity in the U.S.
BlackRock Real Assets completed its acquisition of the remaining 20 percent stake in DSD from GE Renewable Energy in November 2020. That followed BlackRock’s initial investment in July 2019 for an 80 percent stake in DSD.
“These recent financing deals are a testament to DSD’s continued growth and position as a leading C&I operator,” says Martin Torres, Head of the Americas for the Renewable Power Group at BlackRock. “DSD’s end-to-end capabilities for developing and operating commercial, industrial and municipal solar in the U.S. gives our investors exposure to a market that’s poised to help drive the energy transition forward.”