Daily News: June 13, 2017

CIT Closes $140MM Debt Funding For Sunnova Energy

Sunnova Energy, a residential solar service provider in the U.S., has raised aggregate capital of nearly $1 billion in the past three months after closing a $140 million round of debt funding with CIT Group and other investors this past week.

CIT served as the sole lead arranger and administrative agent for the senior secured term loan facility.

“Sunnova is an established player in renewables and has been steadily increasing its market share over the years,” said Mike Lorusso, managing director of CIT’s Energy Finance group. “Their agile business model and demonstrable success delivering low-cost clean power created an ideal opportunity to add an energy leader to our investment portfolio.”

Prior to securing this latest $140 million debt funding from CIT, Sunnova had secured an $80 million tax equity deal on March 14, a $255 million private securitization offering and a $360 million warehouse credit facility deal on April 24 and an $80 million private notes offering on April 25.

“Our free market approach to solar and strong customer growth are evidenced by Sunnova’s ability to continue raising funds and growing our customer base. Today’s announcement should send a clear message: The future of solar is now and that momentum for change is propelling us forward,” said Sunnova CEO William J. Berger. “Customers are beginning to realize they have a choice. That choice is not only cleaner but more affordable.”