Connecticut Green Bank sells solar projects to Skyview Ventures

Completed projects will provide energy savings to municipal properties, a nonprofit organization and an affordable multifamily housing provider

Rocky Hill, CT (August 18, 2020) – The Connecticut Green Bank is pleased to announce the acquisition by Skyview Ventures, a Connecticut based renewable energy investor, of six solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The projects, developed by the Green Bank, total 1.2 megawatts of solar capacity, and will produce energy that will benefit municipal properties, a nonprofit organization and an affordable multifamily housing provider. All six projects are backed by Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and one is also secured by the Green Bank’s award-winning Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program (C-PACE).

“Connecticut Green Bank has a track record in developing solar PPA projects across the state that reduce the energy burden for customers, thereby freeing up budget for the services that they provide,” said Bert Hunter, Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President. “When compared with expected utility-sourced energy, these six solar projects are anticipated to provide the customers an estimated $1.3 million in energy cost savings over the next 20 years.”

While the Green Bank Solar PPA provides businesses, nonprofits and public properties the opportunity to go solar with no money down and deliver immediate savings on their electricity costs, over the last two years, the Green Bank has redefined its role in the commercial solar PPA market. The focus is now on the development and construction of solar projects, often with underserved credits or in markets that might get overlooked for on-site solar PPA projects. These projects are then sold to owners, like Skyview, allowing the Green Bank to remain closely involved in these projects as a long-term debt provider.

“In Skyview, we have found a like-minded local partner and look forward to bringing more on-site solar power to customers in the future,” said Hunter.

“Skyview has developed and owns and operates over 50 solar PV projects in the state of Connecticut. The Green Bank’s leadership over the years has allowed the renewable energy industry in Connecticut to mature without the fits and starts of most other markets. We are a Connecticut-based company that enables community institutions to allocate their capital and resources to their core missions while benefiting from locally produced clean electricity. Working with the Green Bank has allowed us to accelerate our impact across the state and make solar power accessible to a broader range of stakeholders.” said Matt Coleman, Partner at Skyview Ventures.

The projects in this transaction were:

  • A 321 kW rooftop system at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, installed by AEC Solar.
  • A 302 kW ground mount system at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, installed by Encon Inc. of Stratford.
  • A 119 kW rooftop system at Prescott Bush Apartments, an Elm City Communities property in New Haven, installed by PurePoint Energy LLC of Norwalk.
  • Three rooftop systems on Town of Darien buildings, totaling 215 kW, installed by Encon Inc. of Stratford.
  • A 131 kW rooftop system at Barlow Mountain Elementary School in Ridgefield, installed by Davis Hill Development.
  • A 130 kW rooftop system at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, installed by Davis Hill Development.

About Skyview Ventures

Skyview was founded in December 2008 to pursue investment opportunities in renewable energy. Our investments fall along four themes: environmental commodities; solar project finance, development and ownership; electric vehicle infrastructure; and early-stage startups. Skyview Ventures develops renewable energy under its subsidiary Davis Hill Development (DHD). DHD has developed a broad range of renewable energy projects throughout the Eastern US and the Caribbean.  In Connecticut, DHD has developed over 50 solar projects serving over a dozen municipalities and school districts, as well as churches, non-profits, and commercial real estate customers. For more information please visit www.skyviewventures.com or www.davishilldevelopment.com.

 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, its mission is to confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier, more prosperous future by increasing and accelerating the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy. This is accomplished by leveraging limited public resources to scale-up and mobilize private capital investment into Connecticut. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.