GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, December 18, 2015 – Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar project developers, has closed on a combined construction and term debt facility, with a syndicate of five banks, for the 200 MW AC Garland solar power project in California. The project, developed by Recurrent Energy, is currently under construction.
With NORD/LB as the Coordinating Lead Arranger, five banks, including CIT, KeyBanc, Rabobank, and Santander will provide project-level construction debt, LC facilities and a back-leveraged term facility, totaling approximately $480 million.
“With the closing of the Garland solar project, we remain on target to connect over 1.2 GWp of solar power to the grid in the U.S. during 2016,” said Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “The high caliber of the bank syndicate involved in this transaction speaks to the underlying quality of our projects and our collective team.”
“NORD/LB is pleased to support Recurrent Energy on this important transaction. Garland represents yet another key step in our evolving relationship with Recurrent, one of the industry’s leading solar developers. We look forward to partnering with Recurrent and Canadian Solar on future projects,” said Nicolai Dillow, Managing Director and North American Head of Originations.
The Garland project, covering an area of approximately 2,000 acres in Kern County, will primarily utilize Canadian Solar high performance CS6X-P photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables, and is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. The project is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs and when completed will generate enough clean solar energy to power approximately 45,000 homes. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term power purchase agreements.
NORD/LB is a €200 billion financial group with a presence in North America, Europe, and Asia. The bank specializes in asset-backed lending to energy projects. In North America, NORD/LB has lent more than $ 6bn to support the acquisition, construction, and operation of major utility scale power plants and other energy investments. Additional details are available at: www.nordlb.com
About Recurrent Energy
Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., is redefining what it means to be a mainstream clean energy company, with utility-scale solar plants that provide competitive clean electricity. The company has more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in North America. Additional details are available at: www.recurrentenergy.com
About Canadian Solar Inc.
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and a provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects. In the past 14 years, Canadian Solar has successfully deployed over 12 GW of premium quality modules in over 70 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publically listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the company, follow Canadian Solar on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the website.
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