JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Soltage LLC, a leading independent power producer, announced that it raised a $142M senior construction-to-term credit facility with Fifth Third Bank, National Association. The investment will fund a 110 megawatt (MW) solar portfolio of distributed utility-scale solar assets located across six states: Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Fifth Third served as Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger for this financing with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) as Joint Lead Arranger on the investment. Soltage, working in partnership with Basalt managed funds, are deploying this investment through their previously established Helios capital vehicle.
"We are pleased to be working with Fifth Third and SVB on this portfolio of assets which will deliver low cost solar power to our customers, who now include power consumers in Oregon and Illinois," said Shrips Ilango, Soltage Chief Financial Officer, "This transaction represents an expansion of our partnership with Fifth Third and further demonstrates the quality and bankability of a diverse portfolio of distributed solar assets to institutional investors."
"Fifth Third is pleased to support a top-tier, reputable company in its efforts to build more distributed utility-scale projects across the country," said Eric Cohen, group head of Renewable Energy Finance at Fifth Third Bank. "The relationship with Soltage enables us to put our capital to work to benefit many of the markets we serve, as well as the planet as a whole."
This project demonstrates a larger trend as top-tier infrastructure investment institutions continue to place capital into solar assets. The trend indicates that solar has matured into a long-term, stable, low risk investment class for mainstream investors. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global investment in renewable energy totaled $282.2 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $300 billion in 2020. The global solar market specifically is on pace to grow about 14 percent in 2020, with new installed capacity to reach 121-154 gigawatts.
Soltage is a leader in the development, financing, and operation of distributed utility-scale solar assets for commercial, industrial and municipal customers across the United States. Soltage has developed more than 100 solar energy projects with more than 300 MW total distributed generating capacity under construction and management. Soltage is backed by a group of investors including Prudential Capital Group and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.soltage.com
Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP is the exclusive investment adviser to the Basalt managed funds. Basalt I and Basalt II are infrastructure equity investment funds focusing on investments in utilities, power, transport, and communications infrastructure in the United States, Canada and Europe. Helios Power represents Basalt's eighth investment in the Basalt II fund. Other investments by the Basalt funds include the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO), Texas Microgrid, Detroit Renewable Energy and DB Energy Assets in the United States, and North Star, Mareccio Energia, Caronte and Tourist, Manx Telecom, and Connect Fibre in Europe. For more information, please visit www.basaltinfra.com.