It seems if you’re planning on making a splash in the U.S. solar market, one of the best places to be these days is North Carolina – and one Chinese firm plans to use the state as a springboard to what it hopes will eventually be an extensive U.S. solar portfolio.
The latest beneficiary of this North Carolina boom is Wilson County, thanks to a $59.8 million influx of cash to China-based GCL New Energy, which will use the money to complete an 84.5 MW-DC, eight-project group. Three of the projects are expected to be producing power for the city of Wilson by Friday, according to the company.
GCL New Energy, the development arm of polysilicon and wafer giant GCL-Poly, sees the North Carolina projects as the beginning of an extensive solar portfolio it plans to have in the United States.
“The projects will provide clean and cost-efficient green energy to Wilson County residents and businesses,” said Jimmy Chuang, chief structured finance officer of GCL. “We are very excited to expand our energy portfolio in the United States and North Carolina. ”
CIT Group served as sole lead arranger and administrative agent for a $59.8 million construction and ta- equity bridge loan and back-levered term loan facility to GCL. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, the principal bank subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with CIT,” said Peng Fang, president & CEO, GCL New Energy, Inc. “With our continued commitment to bring green power to life and this provision of new capital, we stand ready to invest in the solar business and create more job opportunities in the United States.”
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Frank Andorka has been writing professionally for nearly 29 years and spent nearly 20 years in trade publications. He was the founding editor of Solar Power World and has covered all aspects of the solar industry from policy to panels and everything in between.
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