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Clean Power Finance, Panasonic and Coronal Group launch joint financing deal

Collaboration designed to bring $100MM in solar financing to underserved non-profit entities and businesses in Hawaii.

Clean Power Finance has brought together Panasonic Eco Solutions and Coronal Group LLC with the State of Hawaii to finance up to $100 million of solar photovoltaic systems. This public-private partnership is part of Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization Program (GEMS), a sustainable financing initiative of the Hawaii State Energy Office created to make clean energy more affordable for and accessible to businesses and nonprofit organizations.

“The state engaged Clean Power Finance to structure the product and identify experienced partners to provide significant electric bill savings to underserved non-profits and businesses in Hawaii,” said Sean Coletta, managing director at Clean Power Finance. “We look forward to bringing clean, affordable energy to a broader demographic in Hawaii with a unique product that has the potential to serve as a model for other states and municipalities.”
According to Clean Power Finance, GEMS is the first program in the United States to use rate reduction bonds, which are commonly used by utilities, to finance solar energy. The ability to tap a huge pool of municipal bond capital reduces financing costs for clean energy installations by minimizing overhead expenses and maximizing economies of scale.
“The Coronal-Panasonic platform provides long-term stability and peace of mind to GEMS customers,” said Jamie Evans, head of U.S. Eco Solutions at Panasonic. “Our combined team is fully committed to the design, construction, long-term ownership and operation of solar PV systems. Enabling access to solar energy for underserved customers through the GEMS Program is just the beginning. Over time, GEMS customers can access additional solutions through our ‘Energy-as-a-Service’ platform, forming a long-term relationship with one of the most trusted brands in the world.”
Coronal and Panasonic will initially provide tax equity and engineering, procurement and construction services to installers in Hawaii who will originate the solar energy projects. CPF will work with the state of Hawaii to manage capital deployment and provide underwriting and origination services to the state and the Coronal-Panasonic team.
Coronal is deeply committed to supporting the GEMS program, which we see as a major step toward removing barriers that have prevented many Hawaii nonprofits and small businesses from accessing solar energy,” said Jonathan Jaffrey, chairman and CEO of Coronal Group LLC. “We believe that through its success this program will provide others with a road map to engage these underserved markets.”
The state of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism initially engaged Clean Power Finance to identify program partners for the commercial portion of GEMS because of CPF’s solar deal structuring expertise and ability to connect originators, installers and financing sources for solar energy.

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