Capstone Turbine Corporation: Strategic Financing Agreement
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CHATSWORTH, California - Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has entered into a strategic financing relationship agreement with Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (”Sky Solar”) (www.skysolargroup.com) (SKYS) and Sky Capital America, Inc., a Sky Solar subsidiary (together, “Sky Group”) to provide funding to Capstone Turbine’s Capstone Energy Finance (“CEF”) joint venture.
Pursuant to the strategic financing agreement, Capstone and CEF granted a right of first refusal (“ROFR”) to Sky Group to provide funding of up to $50 million, which may be extended by an additional $100 million (the “Project Fund”) at Sky Group’s sole discretion for various CEF projects on a global basis after Capstone and CEF have exhausted their internal funding sources of up to $25 million. The ROFR also includes an option for Sky Group to jointly fund power purchase agreement (“PPA”) backed opportunities with Capstone, CEF, end use customers, and/or any authorized Capstone distributors under certain mutually agreeable conditions. The agreement will expire at the earlier of the end of three years following the effective date or upon the exhaustion of Sky Group’s Project Fund.
“Capstone’s new finance subsidiary has developed a twenty million dollar pipeline of well-qualified projects since its launch last December, and we expect to quickly surpass our ability to fund projects with our internal resources,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone's President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have looked at several potential partners and, after months of due diligence and discussions with several companies, we have selected Sky Solar because we believe they have the right skill set, ability, experience and global reach to help us successfully grow our Capstone Energy Finance business over the next three years,” added Mr. Jamison.
“As we have highlighted in the past, we remain focused on expanding our power market portfolio by selectively pursuing non-solar renewable asset classes that can generate returns higher than typical solar projects, and we expect this new strategic partnership with Capstone will provide an attractive avenue for additional growth,” said Sanjay Shrestha, Sky Solar Chief Investment Officer and President of Sky Capital America.
About Sky Solar
Sky Solar is a global independent power producer (“IPP”) that develops, owns and operates solar parks around the world with broad geographic reach and an established presence across several key solar markets. Sky Solar has developed and completed more than 250 MW of solar parks in various countries and has over 150 MW of IPP assets in operation globally.
About Capstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped approximately 8,800 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, China and Singapore.