Key Capture Energy sells ITCs as clean energy tax market heats up

Tax credit financing is picking up.

January 4, 2024
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Renewable energy tax credits are rapidly becoming the energy transition’s hot commodity, and not just for the solar industry.

  • The top line: Battery project developer Key Capture Energy said today it is selling investment tax credits it accrued for three standalone battery storage projects, which total 120 megawatts of capacity. 
  • The market grounding: Over the coming decade, the United States clean energy tax credit market is likely to be worth tens of billions of dollars, thanks to transferability regulations in the Inflation Reduction Act. Amid a very tight funding market and a capital stack for the energy transition that’s increasingly reliant on non-equity financing, many developers are prioritizing liquidity. 
  • How it’s getting done: Key Capture Energy develops, owns, and operates large-scale, grid-connected storage projects, with a US portfolio that includes more than 9,000 MW. The company will transfer credits to impact investment firm Enhanced Capital at an undisclosed price.

Today’s transfer stems from two 50 MW storage projects in Texas, as well as a 20 MW project in Erie County, New York that is interconnected with National Grid and leverages storage technology from Sungrow. This is the first time Key Capture Energy has monetized IRA tax credits, the company said.

Chief financial officer John Bresnahan said the influx of cash will enable “immediate and future” investments in KCE’s project portfolio, and in its expansion efforts around the country.

And Ed Rossier, Enhanced Capital’s managing director and head of climate finance, said in a statement that “tax credit financing for large-scale energy storage projects supports a more reliable and resilient grid and facilitates broader adoption of renewable energy generation across our country.”

KCE’s announcement follows a similar move from solar panel maker First Solar, which last week sold up to $700 million worth of advanced manufacturing production credits to financial services company Fiserv Inc. That deal is thought to be the first significant tax credit financing deal in the solar industry.

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