FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 2, 2010—SolarCity®, a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and related services, today announced a new fund to finance an additional $90 million in commercial and residential solar projects in 2010 with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a division of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). SolarCity and USBCDC have now collaborated on three separate funds to finance a total of $190 million in solar projects in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010.
“We started this company with the simple belief that if we made solar power as affordable and accessible as other energy sources, we could make it a mainstream source of electricity,” said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity’s CEO. “Partners like U.S. Bank are making it possible for SolarCity to keep pace with demand, and helping us toward our ultimate goal of making an affordable clean power option available nationwide.”
SolarCity will use the new fund to finance its solar lease (SolarLease™) and power purchase agreement (PPA) offerings as it continues to expand to new states. SolarCity’s financing options make it possible for customers to save money immediately by installing solar, because homeowners are not required to put any money down and typically save more on their monthly electricity bills than they pay for solar each month. SolarCity’s offerings include custom design and installation, insurance, repairs, production monitoring and guaranteed performance; all for a monthly payment that can be as little as $30 per month in some areas. CBS Evening News called SolarLease “a bright idea that can save you a bundle” in October, USA Today called it “a way to bring solar to the masses” in November, and Scientific American hailed it as one of twenty “world-changing ideas” in December.
The new USBCDC fund will allow SolarCity to continue extending its offering to new parts of the U.S. The company expanded to Colorado in December and Texas last week and now serves five states including Arizona, California and Oregon. Businesses and homeowners interested in SolarCity’s zero-down financing options can contact the company directly at 1-888-SOL-CITY (1-888-765-2489). Homeowners interested in SolarLease can estimate their solar lease payment and potential electricity savings by using SolarCity’s solar calculator, available online at www.solarcity.com.
About U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
With assets of over $6.3 billion, USBCDC finances community development and affordable housing projects through the use of New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and Investment Tax Credits in Renewable Energy. USBCDC is the largest New Markets Tax Credit investor in the country, investing billions of dollars nationwide in hundreds of transactions. These equity investments have provided much needed revitalization and new resources to communities throughout the country. USBCDC is a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $281 billion in assets, and U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,015 banking offices in 25 states and 5,148 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 15 states and signs a new customer every two minutes. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.