CIT Leads $162 Mn Financing for East Blackland Solar Project in Texas

Lending services provider CIT Group Inc. through its Power and Energy unit served as the sole lead arranger on a USD 162 million financing for the East Blackland Solar Project in Texas. The financing was arranged on behalf of Recurrent Energy LLC.

August 19, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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Lending services provider CIT Group Inc. through its Power and Energy unit served as the sole lead arranger on a USD 162 million financing for the East Blackland Solar Project in Texas.

The financing was arranged on behalf of Recurrent Energy LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar that functions as Canadian Solar’s US project development arm. An active player in renewable energy development, Recurrent has already developed over 2.4 GW of solar projects and is planning another 5 GW to come.

East Blackland, also known as the Pflugerville solar farm, is a 144 MW alternating current solar project. Austin Energy, a publicly owned utility providing electrical power to the city of Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas, will buy electricity generated by the project under the terms of a 15-year power purchase agreement.

Commenting on the development, Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said “this solar project will provide the Austin region with another valuable source of clean, renewable power. In addition, the construction and operation of the project will contribute to the region's economic growth.”

“We are pleased to work with the CIT team on this financing and leverage their expertise and agility to move this project forward,” he added.

In leading this financing, CIT extends its track record as one of the top renewable energy lenders nationwide, according to market research firm Inframation, an Acuris company. Earlier this year, CIT's Power and Energy business was recognized with a Stevie American Business Award for its success in financing renewable energy and battery storage projects.

“Recurrent Energy is well recognized as a top developer of renewable energy projects,” said Mike Lorusso, managing director and group head for CIT's Power and Energy unit.

Lorusso further said that “we were pleased to work them on this financing and proud to play a continuing role in supporting the expansion of renewable power throughout the US.”

Meanwhile, in connection with the financing, CIT is providing a package of cash management and capital markets services.

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