sPower closes on $434 million in financing for California solar projects

Utah-based solar independent power producer (IPP) sPower has announced completion of a tax equity investment and construction/term loan totaling $434 million from a consortium of nine banks, which it will use to finance three PV projects in Southern California.

The Beacon 1, 3 and 4 solar projects will total 183 MW-DC of capacity when completed, and all three hold 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). All of them are already under construction, and sPower expects the 56 MW Beacon 4 project to go online by the end of the month.

Overall, sPower expects to connect 500 WM to the grid within the next 90 days. The company currently owns and operates more than 150 utility-scale and distributed wind and solar projects in the United States and Canada, and expects to reach an installed capacity of 1.3 GW by 2017.

Many of sPower’s utility-scale solar projects are in the 1-10 MW range, making the Kern County projects some of the largest in its portfolio.