Closing of Sunwealth™ 2017 Solar Impact Fund Signals Increased Investor Engagement and Opportunity
Innovative financing for commercial solar projects gives investors access to healthy returns and quantifiable impact
Sunwealth’s innovative financing model enables direct investment via bond and tax equity offerings in commercial solar projects that combine attractive risk-adjusted returns with measurable social and environmental impact.
Sunwealth maximizes opportunities in the commercial solar market, which has remained vastly untapped. The firm’s approach decreases project risk and gives accredited investors access to turnkey distributed solar investment opportunities, solving for the two primary reasons the commercial market has lagged behind residential and utility scale solar: the lack of a credit rating system and project transaction costs.
“The Solar Impact Fund and Sunwealth are accelerating investment in a diversity of commercial solar projects in a way that other financing vehicles have not been able to achieve,” Jonathan Abe, Chief Executive Officer at Sunwealth said. “We are enabling local organizations to go solar, reduce carbon emissions, cut energy bills, and create jobs while providing investors a way to directly invest in high impact, high performance solar assets.”
Through its proprietary underwriting process and partner network of solar developers and installers, Sunwealth identifies and provides capital to high-performance projects traditionally overlooked by conventional sources of capital. Projects within the Fund provide clean energy to LEED certified office buildings, not-for-profit organizations, places of worship, educational facilities, municipal buildings, and affordable housing. Projects in the 2017 Fund include:
- Sika Sarnafil’s U.S. headquarters in Canton, MA in partnership with the U.S. team of multinational developer Centroplan.
- Class A office buildings in Waltham, MA and Lexington, MA, built by United Solar Associates of Malden, MA with rooftop racking systems provided by PanelClaw of North Andover, MA.
- Urban League of Massachusetts in partnership with Boston-based developer Resonant Energy.
- City of Holyoke Housing Authority in partnership with Holyoke Gas & Electric and constructed by Solworks Energy located in Ayer, MA.
The Solar Impact Fund financed and manages 15 projects, some with multiple installations, throughout New York and New England. Combined, the projects will create approximately 80 job years for skilled, green-collar positions among locally-based solar firms, produce more than 1,700 metric tons of carbon offset per annum, and deliver power customers over $2,100,000 in energy savings.
To learn more about Sunwealth, the Solar Impact Fund, and investing in the future of energy, please visit www.sunwealth.com.
Sunwealth (www.sunwealth.com) is a pioneering clean energy firm that delivers a unique investment model designed to expand access to commercial solar. The firm’s Solar
Impact Fund is comprised of projects that deliver abundant clean energy to diverse communities and target market-rate return potential for investors. The Fund allows participants to forecast the impact of their investment from the beginning – and see that impact develop in real time through transparent monitoring and measurement tools.
Under no circumstances is the information contained herein to be considered an offer to sell or as a solicitation of an offer to buy any financial product. Investments are offered only via definitive transaction documents and any potential investor should read such documents carefully, including all the risk factors relating to the investment, before investing.