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NY Green Bank surpasses $2 billion in financial committments

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced NY Green Bank, a division of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the largest green bank in the country, has surpassed $2 billion in cumulative financial commitments in support of the State’s transition to clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

The state-sponsored financing entity has a growing portfolio of transactions supporting building decarbonization, clean energy, energy storage, sustainable transportation, and other sustainable infrastructure, which are expected to mobilize up to $5.5 billion in public and private investments.

These investments advance the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce emissions 85 percent by 2050 with commitments in a variety of sectors supporting the Climate Act goal to ensure at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of benefits from clean energy investments be directed to Disadvantaged Communities.

“New York is proud to be home of one of the nation’s leading green banks which has been instrumental in providing early support for clean energy sectors, including community solar, energy storage and building electrification,” Governor Hochul said. “The NY Green Bank surpassing $2 billion in financial commitments highlights the state’s commitment to a renewable and clean energy transition that will create a greener New York for all.”

NY Green Bank reached self-sufficiency earlier than expected in July 2017 with revenues exceeding operating expenses. Projects supported by NY Green Bank to date are estimated to result in lifetime reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 41 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking more than 416,600 cars off the road for 24 years.

Recent key transactions include:

  • The Arlington at Poughkeepsie – $21 million construction-to-term loan to support the first phase of development of the rehabilitation and electrification of a former school into a new all-electric development with apartments and commercial space in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  • Frederick Samuel Apartments in New York City – $12 million to finance predevelopment expenses associated with the rehabilitation of the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA’s) Frederick Samuel Apartments located in Harlem, New York. This transaction was NY Green Bank’s first predevelopment loan for a NYCHA Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) project and will contribute to the preservation of 664 units of affordable housing across 40 buildings.
  • Hecate Energy LLC – $60 million participation in a $250 million term loan that will finance the development of solar and battery storage projects across New York State. By supporting Hecate’s growth throughout the State, this transaction builds a strong precedent for further financings of large development pipelines.
  • Sunrun Inc. – $19 million additional commitment in support of a $160 million revolving credit facility to finance the purchase of eligible solar and storage equipment. This innovative loan product provides access to capital earlier in the residential solar and storage project lifecycle to support solar/renewables development and growth in New York State.
  • Tenet Energy, Inc. – $10 million revolving warehouse facility for EV loans originated in New York State, helping to make electric vehicles more affordable for New Yorkers, while establishing a precedent for capital market participants seeking to expand their sustainable transportation activity.

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