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CIT is Lead Arranger in Sunlight Financial’s $120MM Facility

September 25, 2015, 08:07 AM
Filed Under: Lender Finance

CIT Group announced that CIT Energy Finance served as lead arranger in a senior secured credit facility of up to $120 million for Sunlight Financial LLC, a provider of financing for the residential solar market. Sunlight Financial is backed by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure Partners and Hudson Clean Energy Partners. The facility will be used to partially fund loans to consumers purchasing residential solar panel systems. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, N.A., the principal bank subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to partner with CIT on this financing, as it will allow us to offer longer term solar loans to homeowners across the United States,” said Matt Potere, CEO of Sunlight Financial. “Sunlight Financial is well positioned to capitalize on the thriving residential solar market, which is projected to continue its growth and maturation over the coming years.”

Mike Lorusso, Group Head of CIT Energy Finance, said, “This is an exciting transaction that further demonstrates our commitment to supporting the renewable energy sector. Our deep industry expertise enabled us to design a creative financing solution for Sunlight Financial. We look forward to building on this relationship and continuing our leadership in the solar sector.”

Sunlight Financial provides long-term loans to finance the installation of residential rooftop solar systems. Sunlight offers its financing products to market-leading installers and large equipment distribution companies (channel partners). These channel partners originate installations with homeowners, who typically choose to install a rooftop solar system to save on their utility bill. The company’s strategy is to grow with several installers by providing cost-effective capital and robust service offerings, enabling it to scale quickly while minimizing customer acquisition costs and overhead. The company was founded by Hudson Clean Energy Partners and is backed by Tiger Infrastructure Partners.

Tiger Infrastructure Partners is an independent private equity firm focused on investments in middle-market infrastructure assets and businesses in North America and Europe. Tiger Infrastructure targets investments in the power, renewable energy, natural resources infrastructure, waste management, water, transportation, communications, and related sectors. Tiger Management LLC and members of the Ziff family are significant investors in Tiger Infrastructure.

Hudson Clean Energy Partners is a private equity firm making privately negotiated investments in the dynamic and expected high-growth clean energy industry. Global in scope, Hudson is dedicated to investing exclusively in renewable power, alternative fuels and energy smart technologies in sectors that include wind and solar energy, biofuels, biomass, geothermal energy, energy efficiency and storage. Hudson typically invests in high-growth, asset-based, capital-intensive segments of the clean energy value chain with minimal technology development risk, primarily in control and shared-control positions.

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