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SolarCity and John Hancock Announce $227 Million Cash Equity Financing

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SolarCity Corp. (SCTY) today announced that it has completed its first cash equity transaction with partner John Hancock Financial. John Hancock is investing $227 million in a diversified portfolio of residential, commercial and industrial solar power projects that collectively represent 201 megawatts of generation capacity.

SolarCity monetizes the majority of 20-years of underlying cash flows—including solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) associated with the projects—and retains ownership of the assets and continues to service the customers. SolarCity retains a minority share of annual cash flows throughout the contract term as well as 99% of post-contract cash flows. The transaction raised $3.00 of financing per watt of solar generation capacity for SolarCity including tax equity investments, upfront rebates and prepayments; a blend of $3.24/watt for residential projects and $2.35/watt for commercial projects.

"We're proud to partner with John Hancock, one of the most trusted brands in insurance and financial services, on this 20-year investment in our residential and commercial solar contracts," said Radford Small, SolarCity's Executive Vice President of Global Capital Markets. "Cash equity enables SolarCity to monetize a high percentage of cash flows to maximize upfront financing proceeds. This transaction is an exciting addition and diversification of our long-term financing options for solar assets."

"We are pleased to partner with SolarCity in this transaction which represents an excellent opportunity to acquire long-term, contracted cash flows in renewable...


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