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U.S. Bancorp, ORIX USA Close First Renewable Energy Tax-Credit Syndication

March 17, 2015, 07:01 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

U.S. Bancorp and ORIX USA Corp. announced the closing of U.S. Bancorp’s first renewable energy syndication, which is expected to enable SolarCity to install approximately 2,500 solar power systems at homes and businesses in nine states.

U.S. Bancorp led the transaction, introducing of an industry-leading product that will allow both first-time and experienced investors to tap into the renewable-energy tax credit market.

This agreement will help finance the installation of solar arrays in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, with more to come. The syndication is expected to finance more than $100 million in solar projects.

The 2,500 systems installed by SolarCity are projected to produce enough clean-source electricity in their first year of operation to equal removing 4,250 cars from the roads each year. The fund makes it possible for many home and business owners to install solar panels with no upfront cost, and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power.

“This is a new phase of business development for U.S. Bancorp,” said Zack Boyers, chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. “Entering into our first renewable energy syndication agreement allows us to expand SolarCity’s ability to install more energy-saving solar arrays on homes and businesses across the nation that will, as a result, produce more jobs and assist in the country’s economic recovery.”

The syndication is a gain on multiple fronts for U.S. Bancorp: It boosts the capital in the solar market, increases use of clean energy, and diversifies the bank’s ability to serve the needs of a growing market as well as its products and services, Boyers said.

The syndication deal marks ORIX’s entry into the renewable-energy tax credit financing market.

“We welcome the opportunity to help consumers and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by becoming solar energy users,” said Andrew Garvey, managing director and head of ORIX Municipal Finance. “ORIX is a unique platform, and this transaction shows how we can make our capital available in innovative ways to achieve the financing needs of our clients.”

The installations will produce more than 350 construction and installation jobs. They will also generate $76 million in economic impact from salaries, equipment purchases, construction materials and secondary spending by workers on local services and on solar industry vendor supplies and services.

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