Altus Power, With Assistance From Blackstone, Becomes A Top 5 UNITED STATE Solar Supplier

Dec 24, 2020 01:44 PM ET
  • On Wednesday, Altus Power America, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based clean electrification business that offers industrial, community, energy as well as domestic clients, revealed that it has obtained 100MW of distributed solar properties in the U.S. states of California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, new York and Vermont.

The purchase, which was funded with support from exclusive equity large Blackstone, makes Altus Power one of the five largest companies of distributed as well as area solar electricity in the U.S.

Founded in 2009, Altus today serves greater than 300 exclusive and also public entities, as well as around 5,000 household clients in 16 states across the country, with result from more than 260 MW of distributed solar energy, as well as a strong pipe of solar as well as storage growth projects. The clean electrical power that it gives to its customers amounts the usage of 30,000 homes, displacing 240,000 tons of CO2 exhausts every year.

" We are extremely excited regarding the incredible development that Altus has experienced given that partnering with Blackstone. Blackstone's full capital structure solution has verified to be a true competitive advantage as we approach this swiftly growing market," Altus Power Managing Partner Gregg Felton said in a main statement on Wednesday.

Financing for Altus's procurement was safeguarded with assistance from Blackstone Credit, among the world's largest credit-oriented different asset supervisors, with about $135 billion in overall properties under monitoring, spent across financings, high yield as well as financial investment quality bonds, organized credit, mezzanine lending and also rescue funding.

Earlier this autumn, Blackstone revealed that funds managed under its exclusive credit rating hedge fund, GSO Capital Partners, had created a brand-new business, ClearGen, to give resources to clean power storage space carriers, investing along with equipment manufacturers, designers as well as power company of dispersed facilities properties. The company was introduced with $250 million in startup funds to ClearGen

" We are thrilled to expand our collaboration with Altus and also their leading administration team, and the acquisitions highlight their management in the dispersed solar as well as battery markets. Our financial investment will certainly make it possible for Altus to continue to fulfill growing need for low cost, renewable energy in North America and produce engaging risk-adjusted returns for our capitalists," claimed Rob Camacho, Co-Head of Structured Products at Blackstone Credit, and Rob Horn, Co-Head of Energy at Blackstone Credit.

Loss offers

The Blackstone-backed bargain marks a flurry of fall procurements for fast-growing Altus Power. In November, Altus finished the acquisition of a 2.5 MW operating solar project in Vermont. The Vermont project creates some 3 million KWh of electrical energy every year, which remains in turn sold to VEPP, Inc, a not-for-profit Vermont Corporation that carries out 2 of Vermont's Renewable Energy Programs under contract with the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

In October, Altus made its 2nd major investment in sunny Hawaii, a greenfield solar project for which Altus Power partnered with programmer Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC) as well as design professional REC Solar Commercial Corporation to build a 7.5 MW ground-mounted planetary system in Ewa.

Altus Power's newest Hawaiian project, a utility-scale solar site that is currently house to 21,500 solar PV modules across numerous raised rows of photovoltaic panels-- will certainly generate over 12,400 megawatt hours of electrical power in its very first year of procedure. Its result will be acquired by the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), according to a Public Utilities Commission (PUC)- authorized Feed-In Tariff Tier III Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The project will certainly additionally decrease the state's carbon footprint as well as add to Hawaii's goal of producing 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable energies by 2045. The system's annual production is equivalent to greenhouse gas discharges from 1,726 passenger lorries driven for a year, or CO2 exhausts from melting almost 9 million extra pounds of coal.

Hawaii's Governor David Ige, handy for the dedication of the solar site, had cozy words for Altus Power's financial investment in Hawaii.

" The reason the project is important is since [Altus Power] bought the infrastructure in the area," Ige said. "The truth that they made an investment to get connected to the grid really enables various other redevelopment in this field ... We're starting to see an acceleration. Converting earlier is a win-win. It not only helps the environment, but it also helps to lower expenses."

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