Three big bank transactions expand clean energy plans in New York

New York solar financing

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced three new NY Green Bank deals that will allow private sector partners to provide and improve access to cleaner and more affordable energy for their residential, commercial and agricultural customers. NY Green Bank, a core initiative of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision plan, is providing a total of $49 million for the three transactions and leveraging up to $178 million in additional private capital from private sector partners and financial institutions.

“These investments further cement New York’s position as a global leader in clean energy development, as well as in the fight against climate change,” Governor Cuomo said. “These three projects will not only help improve access to renewable energy for residents and businesses, but will also help stir economic growth by enabling these industries to grow in New York State.”

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NY Green Bank is a $1 billion state-sponsored financial entity designed to accelerate clean energy growth in New York State through private sector partnerships that help create a self-sustaining marketplace and reduce the need for future government support. To date, NY Green Bank has received proposals for more than $850 million of NY Green Bank capital which would result in approximately $3.5 billion in total investments in New York’s clean energy markets.

The $49 million in NY Green Bank funding will be distributed as follows:

• $25 million will support a new warehouse facility for Level Solar – a New York-based solar provider that designs and installs systems for residential homes at no cost to the consumer. With funding from NY Green Bank and U.S. Bank, Level Solar will be able to provide solar installations for up to 6,000 New Yorkers.

• $4 million in revolving construction loans and a partnership with U.S. Bank will support New York-based United Wind’s installation of over 160 distributed wind energy projects for residential, commercial and agricultural customers throughout Central and Western New York.

• $20 million along with a $50 million warehouse facility provided by Citi for Renew Financial to expand its consumer lending program to New York State for the first time. This program, ReHome New York, is an innovative public-private partnership that will offer up to 12,000 New York homeowners as much as $20,000 in low-cost financing for clean energy and energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

These transactions are expected to reduce lifetime greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by up to 886,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to taking more than 14,000 cars off the road annually for at least 10 years.

“The wind, solar and energy efficiency transactions announced by NY Green Bank today will help us achieve our emissions reductions goals and eliminate roadblocks on the path to developing a market-based clean energy economy in New York,” said New York State Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman. “Under the Governor’s REV plan, we are transforming clean energy markets and accelerating private sector investment, helping this emerging industry grow and prosper and create jobs while protecting our environment.”


“Citi is proud to partner with NY Green Bank and Renew Financial to make low-cost energy efficiency financing more accessible to homeowners throughout the state of New York,” said Global Head of Alternative Energy Finance at Citi Marshal Salant. “This collaboration is a great example of how the public and private sector can work together to expand clean energy financing options for consumers in New York and beyond.”

Level Solar CEO Richard Keiser said, “We are excited about partnering with NY Green Bank and U.S. Bank to support the governor’s vision of a clean energy future in New York. This partnership will enable Level Solar to reach thousands of homeowners across New York State, saving them money and reducing their environmental impact.”


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