Solar Construction Financing
SolRiver Provides Capital For Construction
What is Solar Construction Financing?
Solar construction financing is a type of funding that’s used to finance the installation of a solar project. Construction financing can take the form of debt or equity. In most cases, a construction loan or line of credit is used and is periodically drawn from during system construction by the developer or EPC contractor.
How SolRiver Finances Construction
SolRiver Capital invests in financing construction for solar projects at the NTP stage.
Many of our partners use traditional solar construction loans to finance EPC milestone payments. Often, the Solar Construction Lenders require the solar developer (or sponsor equity) to contribute the first 15% of costs before drawing on the construction loan.
SolRiver Capital provides the Construction Equity investment needed to cover the initial construction costs not covered by your loan. That way, you get the full amount of capital you need to drive the project to COD. However, if you don’t have a construction loan, SolRiver can fund construction itself based on a milestone payment schedule.
Criteria For Investing in Solar Construction or EPC Finance
SolRiver Capital invests Construction Equity in solar projects at the NTP stage. In the world of solar project finance, the definition of NTP varies widely.
In general, SolRiver considers a solar project ready for construction when all of the following conditions are met:
• All revenue contracts are in place, meaning a signed PPA, and if applicable, executed REC Purchase Agreements and confirmed rebate awards.
• An executed EPC contract(s) for the Project with rates, terms, performance guarantees and a construction schedule acceptable to SolRiver.
• A construction loan capable of covering remaining build costs is ready to be drawn upon after meeting the proof of equity.
• The project has secured all applicable permits necessary to construct and operate the solar system.
• Site control is established via Site Lease, Site Easement, or an Option agreement.
• If applicable, full interconnection approval from the utility.
After our team gets a chance to review the information, we’ll follow up with you and request any additional materials necessary for our evaluation. Pending approval, we provide Construction Equity on the terms outlined below. If you don’t qualify for Construction Equity, you may be a good fit for pre-NTP Development Capital
How We Structure Construction Equity
Typically, we structure Construction Equity as an equity investment in the project company (“ProjectCo”). The proceeds are solely used for expenses that qualify as “proof of equity” under the construction loan.
It’s SolRiver’s preference to provide the takeout financing on these projects too. In that case, we simply deduct the Construction Equity repayment from the final Purchase Price we pay to you.
How We Structure EPC Finance
SolRiver is also happy to provide EPC Finance. EPC finance is a term for funding solar installers and solar developers during the construction of a solar system, or multiple systems, by providing a line of credit or construction revolver to the EPC directly, rather than a loan to the solar project. The EPC can draw funds upon reaching certain construction milestones, thereby financing the installation of the system.
Submit a Project to Begin the Discussion
You can always email us about your project. Just include some basic information like system size, location, and offtaker. If you have an executive summary, feel free to attach that too.
You can also use our online project intake form. Answer a handful of questions about the project, click submit, and it sends the information straight to our team.
Alternatively, we can provide you with a short Excel worksheet with our project inputs. Simply, fill it out and email the file right back to us. We will promptly review it and get back to you.
Let’s Discuss Your Project
If you have a project, please let us know.
Feel free to use this form to: tell us a bit about the project, how we may be able to help, and any questions you have.
We’ll get back to you quickly.