Power purchase agreements for renewable projects allow Counterpointe to support a wide range of projects across sectors including industrial, commercial and public institutions.
PPA investors and project developers are better positioned to utilize available tax credits to reduce system costs. Public properties such as educational institutions and libraries, as well as those with no taxable income would not otherwise be able to take advantage of the Investment Tax Credit.
Power Purchase Agreements
- PPAs protect against the risk of fluctuating energy prices
- 100% project financing includes permits, inspection, design, and prepaid maintenance
- Typically range from 10 to 25 years and the renewable project developer remains responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for the duration of the agreement
- Financed projects can quickly facilitate compliance with mandated (NYC Climate Act, etc) or voluntary corporate (ESG) carbon reduction and resiliency goals
The structure of PPA financing is particularly appealing to organizations that can benefit from monetizing under-utilized assets such as undeveloped pieces of land, roofs and parking lots.
- Affordable Housing
Discuss a Project:
A solar PPA allows energy consumers to preserve capital for the organization and is cash flow positive on day one for the energy consumer. Yet there have to be some questions. We’ve addressed a few here, but feel free to ask your own by clicking below.
What happens at the end of a PPA term?
At the end of PPA contracts, an off-taker or sytsem host may be able to extend the PPA, have the developer remove the system or choose to buy the solar energy system from the developer.
Can my cost of electricity go up while I have a PPA in place?
With fixed escalator plans, the price the customer pays rises at a predetermined rate, typically between 2% – 5% (often lower than projected utility price increases). With fixed price plans there is a constant price throughout the term of the PPA saving the customer more as utility prices rise over time.
What is the difference between a PPA and a solar lease?
A solar lease is very similar to a PPA, but does not involve the sale of electric power, preventing the developer from being regulated as a utility. In both cases, the system is owned by a third party while the host customer receives the benefits of solar with little or no up-front costs.
Who owns the RECs in a solar PPA?
This is negotiable and should be considered carefully based on the goals of the organization. In order to properly claim that a building is “solar-powered” the host should retain the RECs. For more information on RECs please visit the EPA site.