Engie Signs Tax Equity Financing for its 2 GW US Renewables Portfolio

Engie North America has announced that it has signed a major tax equity financing for its 2 GW renewables portfolio in the US.

Engie Financing Renewables

Engie North America has announced that it has signed a major tax equity financing for its renewables portfolio. The portfolio consists of 2 GW of renewable assets, comprised of 1.5 GW of onshore wind and 0.5 GW of utility-scale solar PV projects (11 farms in total). These assets are located in key markets, including Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland Power Pool (PJM).

Through the transaction and subject to meeting certain funding conditions, the firm has secured financing through tax equity commitments of up to 1.6 billion USD on the projects through Bank of America and HSBC. Projects will be funded as they are commissioned beginning in April 2020.

As part of this transaction, the firm received proceeds for two wind farms commissioned in the past week: “East Fork”, a 196 MW wind project in Thomas County, Kansas and “Jumbo Hill”, a 161 MW wind project located in Andrews County, Texas.

“This is an important step in our zero-carbon energy transition in the United States, and we are excited to have the support of our strong partners, Bank of America and HSBC in this tax equity financing,” explains Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice-President of Engie and CEO of Engie North America. “The financing enables us to pursue our commitment to sustainable energy and increase our renewables footprint in the US with this 2.0 GW under development and construction for 2020.”

The magnitude of the related portfolio (2 GW) and its successful financing testifies that the United States is a priority market for Engie and lies at the core of its ambition to install globally 9 GW of additional renewables capacities between 2019 and 2021 (of which already 3 GW were installed globally in 2019), the firm issued in a statement.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.