On.Energy Closes $40 Million of Construction and Permanent Financing to Build Palo Verde Battery Storage Portfolio in Texas

January 2, 2024

Source: Businesswire

MIAMI & HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On.Energy, a proven end-to-end integrator of battery energy storage and Independent Power Producer (IPP), today announced it has closed both construction facility totaling more than $40 million and permanent debt facilities for an 80 megawatt-hour (MWh) portfolio in Texas (the Palo Verde Projects) with financing provided by Live Oak Bank. The projects, set to come online in Q3 of 2024, will support the balancing of the ERCOT grid by providing both ancillary services as well as arbitrage.

This project also integrates an investment tax credit (ITC) transfer – among the first of its kind for merchant battery storage projects. The portfolio includes both greenfield development sites as well as projects acquired through M&A in mid-2023. The company continues to advance a pipeline of over 1GWh of utility-scale energy storage systems across ERCOT, CAISO, and beyond, with a follow-on portfolio of projects of 160MWh expected to begin operation by Q3 2025.

“On.Energy has closed a capital solution for our assets at a time when many are still trying to sort out the Inflation Reduction Act and its implications,” said On.Energy CFO David Fernandes. “The structure underpinning the Palo Verde Portfolio establishes On.Energy as a serious player in the ESS space with an emerging financial capability to match our renowned technical credentials.”

Live Oak Bank, a specialized lender providing energy transition capital to battery storage projects across the country, is providing construction debt followed by long-term debt financing under the USDA Business & Industry loan guarantee program. “Live Oak is excited to partner with On.Energy and to support energy projects that bring good jobs, carbon reduction, and electricity savings to Texas,” said Kevin Rooney, loan officer for Live Oak’s energy and infrastructure emerging markets team.

On.Energy President of North America Salvatore Minopoli added, “We are honored and excited to be working with Live Oak Bank. Their continued support will be invaluable as the company moves to larger capital asset investments across the U.S. in 2024 and 2025.” Wilson Sonsini served as On.Energy’s counsel for the transaction.

About On.Energy

On.Energy is a fully integrated energy storage solutions provider and IPP. From its headquarters in Miami and offices in Texas, Mexico, Peru and Chile, On.Energy’s experienced team leverages its proprietary On.Command™ energy management system to implement customized, turnkey solutions that support peak shaving, energy arbitrage, frequency regulation, UPS/backup power, wholesale market integration, and microgrid operations for utilities, system operators, and C&I customers across the Americas. Learn more about On.Energy at www.on.energy.

About Live Oak Bank

Live Oak Bank, a subsidiary of Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NYSE: LOB), is a digitally focused, FDIC-insured bank serving customers across the country. Live Oak puts a groundbreaking spin on service and technology to redefine banking. Our products help customers buy, build, and expand their business, and high-yield savings and CD products to grow their hard-earned money. To learn more, visit www.liveoakbank.com.


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Company Contact:
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email: vibe@on.energy
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