Excelsior Energy Capital (“Excelsior”), a leading independent North American renewable energy investor, and Unico Solar Investors (“Unico Solar”), a solar energy systems developer and investor, announced today the closing of a long-term programmatic joint-venture partnership to build, own and operate a 250 MW pipeline of commercial and industrial (“C&I”) solar projects located across North America. Unico Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unico Investment Group, will leverage its vast commercial real estate network and expertise to develop and manage the portfolio. Excelsior, through its North American Renewable Energy Fund, will acquire the projects into its portfolio upon start of construction, with Unico Solar overseeing construction and asset management while maintaining a minority equity position.
The C&I portfolio will be comprised of ground-mount, rooftop and carport solar projects totaling approximately 250 MW, located across multiple U.S. states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington, among others.The projects will sell clean electricity to a diversified mix of consumers, including commercial businesses, property owners, municipalities, education institutions, utilities, and other credit-worthy C&I customers under long-term power purchase agreements. Construction of the first set of projects is expected to begin in Q3 2020. Excelsior is raising the tax equity, construction and permanent debt financing for the projects.
Anne Marie Denman, a Partner at Excelsior, commented that, Excelsior could not be more excited about the partnership with Unico Solar. The Unico Solar platform brought deep experience in commercial real estate and C&I solar developments that aligned well with Excelsior’s mandate to own and operate renewable investments with contracted returns. Excelsior’s sourcing and investment strategy focused in large part on long-term partnerships with thoughtful top-tier developers and operators like Unico Solar, where there was a clear framework and set underwriting guidelines to execute on multiple, programmatic investments. It was such a partnership that allowed Excelsior to deliver consistent, high-quality investments and associated returns to their limited partners.
Brett Phillips, Unico Vice President and co-founder of Unico Solar Investors stated that, Unico Solar was driven to rapidly expand access to renewable energy for commercial and industrial power consumers. The groundbreaking partnership was built to accelerate the ambition by combining Unico’s decades of commercial real estate experience with Excelsior’s proven investment execution in the renewable power sector so that more consumers could realize the benefits of clean energy. Whether it’s a local government, a REIT, or a business looking to procure cheaper, greener power, the partnership was designed with that customer in mind.