ET Solar Energy Corp. announced that its subsidiary ET Solar Australia Pty Ltd has reached agreement on a A$20 million (US $15.5 million) debt financing facility with Clean Energy Finance Corporation for its business development in the Australian commercial solar market.
ET Solar will provide up to A$13.3 million (US $10.3 million) in equity, while the CEFC will provide up to A$20 million (US $15.5 million) in senior debt, which will enable the construction of commercial Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) driven solar projects. The debt will be used to fund the build-up of solar systems being developed and to be owned by ET Solar.
In these efforts, ET Solar will own and operate solar systems ranging between 30KW and 2MW in size with various commercial users including shopping centers, mining and manufacturing businesses to be the electricity buyers. These commercial power users will enter into PPAs with ET Solar at pre-agreed rates over a 10 to 20-year time horizon to benefit from lower utility costs as the PPA prices are meaningfully lower than the current electricity prices.
“The PPA model has proven highly successful on a global basis. And specifically in Australia, the commercial PPA market has a strong potential to grow and deepen,” CEFC CEO Oliver Yates said. “We see the ET Solar commercial PPA model as a way to remove the barrier of the up-front capital requirement which should enable many more Australian businesses to benefit from the lower cost and environment friendly solar energy.”
“We established our Australian subsidiary last year to develop our solution business in this exciting market,” Dennis She, President and CEO of ET Solar, noted. “CEFC financing will greatly facilitate the rollout of ET Solar’s PPA model and help the local commercial sector significantly reduce their electricity costs.”
ET Solar ensures leading standard of PV systems, and partners with top quality local distributors and accredited installers to deliver solutions for all types of businesses in Australia. It has a pilot commercial PPA project already in execution in Queensland, with a number of other similar projects being developed in the country.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.