HOUSTON, TX — MAY 16, 2019 — Spruce Finance, a leading owner and operator of distributed generation solar and residential energy assets in the U.S., announced it has received a $50 million equity investment from its owner HPS Investment Partners, a leading global investment firm with more than $48 billion of assets under management. The follow-on investment demonstrates HPS’ commitment to Spruce and the solar asset class, providing support for continued growth through acquisition of solar assets.

The investment comes as Spruce, the second-largest privately held residential solar company in the U.S., is actively pursuing opportunities to add operational solar assets to its 150 MW portfolio. Spruce is looking beyond residential portfolios and is also evaluating community and commercial solar assets.

Tim Distler recently joined Spruce as vice president of corporate development to lead the company’s project finance and M&A activity. Distler has extensive experience in solar financing, having led a solar development and finance platform for LG Electronics. Prior to LG, he was head of project finance at RET Capital and also held roles at Recurrent Energy, PG&E and E.ON Climate & Renewables.

“The continued support of HPS, paired with Tim’s M&A expertise, ensures that we have both the capital and the capabilities needed to acquire attractive portfolios,” said Christian Fong, president and CEO of Spruce Finance, “The growth of our team’s expertise and our financial resources set us up for a strong growth trajectory.”

The equity funding follows Spruce’s recent closing of a $208 million senior secured debt financing of its residential solar assets. Its independent subsidiary, Energy Service Experts, provides asset management services to more than $1 billion of residential solar assets, including both Spruce’s own assets and third-party portfolios. In November of last year, Spruce announced that it was acquired by HPS Investment Partners.

HOUSTON, TX — MAY 1, 2019 — Spruce Finance, a leading owner and operator of distributed generation solar and residential energy assets in the U.S., announced today the closing of a $208 million senior secured financing of its residential solar assets. The debt financing gives Spruce access to competitively priced capital, further optimizing its capital structure and positioning it to grow in new solar markets.

Silicon Valley Bank and ING both acted as coordinating lead arrangers and joint book runners. Key Bank acted as a joint lead arranger and there were several other participating lenders. The firms were chosen due to their position as market leaders in financing residential solar assets. Spruce’s ability to access competitive debt capital markets at scale reflects its position as a trusted market leader in the solar industry. Spruce is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities to add to its 150MW portfolio.

“As the solar financing landscape continues to evolve, we see an opportunity to grow our portfolio while providing integrated services,” said Christian Fong, president and CEO of Spruce Finance, “Our strong financing and M&A capabilities, paired with our subsidiary Energy Service Experts’ servicing offerings puts us in a unique position in the industry.”

In November of last year, Spruce announced that it was acquired by HPS Investment Partners, a leading global investment firm with more than $48 billion of assets under management. Spruce’s independent subsidiary, Energy Service Experts, services more than $1 billion of residential accounts, providing financial asset management, consumer billing and collections, fleet management and homeowner support.