22 Jan '15, 4pm

Are Floating PPAs an Idea Worth Floating to Solar Investors?

Are Floating PPAs an Idea Worth Floating to Solar Investors?

We are seeing more and more developers structuring deals with floating, instead of fixed, power purchase agreements (PPAs) meaning that the value of the PPA is tied to electricity rates. Developers like to pitch floating PPAs to host customers because they guarantee a certain percentage discount from their utility prices each month. But while the host gains certainty — knowing they won’t ever pay more than retail rates for solar — the investor picks up additional risk. Because of this risk, very few solar investors will fund these projects. Yet, if they do, they will have to take a more conservative approach to underwriting project revenue. For example, developers often negotiate a price floor with the host as part of these PPAs. Investors will typically model revenue based on this floor, removing the electricity risk from financial projections. If an investor is not model...

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