SunEdison, Inc. today announced that Google Inc. has agreed to provide $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus solar plant. Located in Kern County, Calif., the Regulus plant will begin operation later this year, and will supply power to Southern California Edison through a 20-year power purchase agreement. SunEdison developed, designed, executed the structured financing and is constructing the Regulus project.
The 737-acre 82MW DC solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant is in construction on an abandoned gas and oil field, and will be comprised of over 248,000 SunEdison mono-crystalline solar PV modules. Once operational, Regulus is expected to produce enough energy to completely power over 10,000 homes, with CO2 reductions equivalent to not burning 125 million pounds of coal annually.
"From developing the technology, to constructing the facility, to establishing mutually beneficial financial partnerships with leaders like Google, Prudential and Santander Bank, N.A., Regulus is a prime example of how SunEdison's end-to-end approach benefits everyone involved in a solar project," said Bob Powell, president, North America at SunEdison. "That we've already made such progress on a project that broke ground in December 2013 is a testament to the speed and efficiency of our process."
"We believe the world needs a wide range of clean energy technologies, each serving different needs," said Nick Coons, renewable energy principal at Google. "This project with SunEdison presented an opportunity to take an old gas and oil field and turn it into a clean energy producing solar site. It made sense to support it on multiple levels."
Prudential Capital Group and Santander Bank, N.A. provided term financing for the project. "Our participation in the Regulus transaction with SunEdison marks our seventh bank-institutional hybrid financing executed in partnership with Prudential Capital Group," said Jorge Camina, head of project and acquisition finance in the United States for Santander.
Ric Abel, managing director of Prudential Capital Group's Energy Finance Group - Power, furthered, "This financing opportunity not only allowed us to build on our long-standing relationship with SunEdison and Santander, but also to support California's goals for a clean energy future."