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DOE Loan Guarantees through FIPP

DOE provides loan guarantee funding for renewable energy projects.

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In late 2009, the DOE developed a program that will allow approved commercial lenders to lead the renewable energy loan application, diligence and documentation, which should expedite the process for obtaining DOE-backed financing.

Under EPACT, the project must include at least 20 percent equity; under the solicitation, the DOE loan guarantee cannot exceed 80 percent of the total debt financing. Thus, up to 64 percent of a project’s total cost can be guaranteed by the federal government. This mechanism should simplify and expedite the loan guarantee process for projects that can meet minimum credit rating requirements and that can begin construction by September 30, 2011. In addition, transaction costs, including loan guarantee fees and DOE counsel and consultants costs, will be reduced under FIPP.

Loan guarantees for renewable energy projects that use commercial technologies. Eligible Commercial Renewable Generation Categories include: Wind, Open and closed loop biomass, Geothermal, Landfill gas, Waste-to-energy, Hydropower, and Solar.

Financial Institutions Partnership Program (FIPP)

FIPP provides significant flexibility to lenders and should assist borrowers in obtaining long-term financing for commercial wind, solar and other renewable energy generation projects.

Key eligibility requirements in order to qualify for FIPP:

  • Commercial technology is used
  • Projects must achieve a credit rating equivalent to BB from S&P or Fitch or Ba2 from Moody's, as evaluated without the benefit of the guarantee;
  • Projects must commence construction on or before September 30, 2011;
  • Projects must be located in, and create or retain jobs in, the U.S. or its territories or possessions;
  • Borrowers must pay all laborers and mechanics employed for the project prevailing wages, as determined under the Davis-Bacon Act; and
  • The borrower or other principals must make a "significant" equity investment in the project.
  • DOE loan guaranteed projects are subject to the National Environmental Policy Act, which generally requires an Environmental Assessment to determine the likelihood of a significant environmental impact.

DOE's Loan Guarantee Programs

Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005: Section 1703 Program

Title XVII established DOE's innovative technologies loan guarantee program (the Section 1703 Program), which was designed to support projects that are unable to obtain conventional private sector financing due to technology risks.

Only projects in the U.S. that reduce greenhouse gases and employ new or significantly improved technology are eligible for the Section 1703 Program.

ARRA Recovery Act: Section 1705 Program

The Recovery Act broadened the section 1703 program by adding Section 1705 (the Section 1705 Program) to the Energy Policy Act, creating a temporary loan guarantee program for renewable energy, transmission and advanced biofuels projects in the U.S. that commence construction by September 30, 2011. The Section 1705 Program supports projects that are unable to obtain private loans due to the credit crisis, including projects that do not employ innovative technology.

One of the most significant features of the Section 1705 Program is that “Credit Subsidy Costs” are funded by the government. This Cost is the amount that DOE is required to hold on reserve to cover estimated potential losses in accordance with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.

Finding Loan Providers

Lenders may be domestic or foreign commercial banks, insurance companies or other entities in the business of lending money that, among other things, have experience in originating or servicing loans for similar projects and are not disbarred or suspended from participation in federal government contracts. Lender-Applicants (or "Lead Lenders") must also demonstrate experience as the lead lender or underwriter in similar projects.

"Assuming a significant number of investment-grade projects, the $750 million of funds appropriated in respect of the FIPP Solicitation to pay Credit Subsidy Costs is estimated to support approximately $15 to $18 billion in guaranteed debt—a much higher figure than earlier published estimates," according to Nixon Peabody, a law firm that provides diverse services to companies and organizations of all sizes, including emerging companies in cleantech.

Lender-Applicants will be required to certify that the transaction would receive internal credit approval using standard internal credit policies if it were not partially guaranteed. Lenders will be expected to:

  1. Evaluate the financing plan
  2. Assess financial viability
  3. Determine technical efficacy
  4. Review project legal structure
  5. Evaluate project risks
  6. Perform financial model review
  7. Assess strengths and weaknesses of project sponsors
  8. Analyze proposed collateral
DOE also stated that it will issue an additional FIPP solicitation for loan guarantees in support of commercial renewable manufacturing projects, which are also eligible for credit subsidy costs under ARRA.

Applications will be submitted by qualified lenders on behalf of project borrowers—a dramatic change in procedure from earlier solicitations.

DOE Office of Loan Guarantee Programs

To track how DOE Recovery Funds are being allocated by program and by state, check out the DOE website.

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