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Financial innovation and excellence

The key factor that has always differentiated Lightsource BP from other solar energy companies has always been our roots in finance and the security of our funding. The way in which we finance our projects and our unique relationships with funders sets us apart from the rest of the industry, and place us at a distinct advantage, now and into the future of the diversification of the energy mix.

Innovative financing structures

We are funded through strategic debt and equity partnerships, which enable us to develop and construct assets efficiently and quickly. Our teams are highly experienced in raising debt in both the bank and institutional markets and demonstrate aptitude in a complex and fastmoving asset finance landscape.

 

In-house finance teams

In keeping with our hands-on approach, we maintain a full team of structured finance professionals in-house. Our finance teams manage all aspects of project funding and oversee our global relationships with banks and financial institutions. The extent of our in-house expertise has allowed us to push the barriers of solar energy and will continue to drive us forwards in the future.

 

Fully-funded projects

We are the developer, financier and long-term asset owner-operator of our projects. Our structured finance teams manage end-to-end project funding requirements and continue to innovate with industry leading asset finance products. Fully funded Lightsource BP solar solutions provide our partners access to clean, cost-effective electricity with no up-front capital required and no operational disruption or risk.

We have a strong history of ground-breaking partnerships with financial giants:

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Our Debt Financing Partners

Over the years we have forged strong relationships with a variety of financial institutions, securing and deploying c. £2b in debt financing to fund our projects around the world.

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Our Project Equity Partners

Another set of integral funding relationships are those built with our equity partners. These partners recognize the long-term benefit and returns associated with an ownership stake in Lightsource BP-developed projects. These partners have co-invested in our projects taking both majority and minority positions, the largest of which being the Blackrock £1bn Real Assets Partnership.

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Our Eversource Limited Partners

In April 2018, we teamed up with the Everstone Group, one of India’s leading private equity funds, to create a major fund management platform called EverSource Capital. Our first fund, the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) operates under a mandate of investing in green energy infrastructure in India. To-date, GGEF has £240m in committed capital from two cornerstone LPs in the form of the UK and Indian governments.