Total Corporate Funding in the Solar Sector Comes to $1.9 Billion in Q1 2020

Total corporate funding, including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing into the solar sector in Q1 2020 came to $1.9 billion, 31% lower compared to the $2.8 billion raised in Q1 2019.

The decrease in total corporate funding was primarily due to lower venture capital and public market financing activity in Q1 2020 as the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted solar markets around the world.

To learn more about Mercom’s Q1 2020 Solar Funding and M&A Report, visit: http://mercomcapital.com/product/q1-2020-solar-funding-ma-report/

Solar Corporate Funding Q1 2019-Q1 2020

“Funding levels dropped in Q1 as the Coronavirus pandemic brought the global economy to a halt. Most large economies are shut down and there is minimal activity in solar markets. Solar project M&A was the bright spot in this time of uncertainty, proving once again that solar is a safe long-term bet. The worst maybe yet to come, but hope is that activity picks up in the second half of the year,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

Solar Top VC Funded Companies in Q1 2020

Global VC funding for the solar sector in Q1 2020 reached $145 million in nine deals compared to $176 million raised in 13 deals in Q1 2019.

The majority of VC funding raised in Q1 2020 went to solar downstream companies with $122 million in seven deals.

The top VC deals in the first quarter of 2020 were: Sunseap Group, which raised a total of $109 million in two different deals; cKers Finance raised $5 million; $4 million was raised by Daystar Power; and $3 million was raised by ZunRoof.

Solar public market financing dropped significantly with $22 million in one deal in Q1 2020 compared to $247 million in three deals in Q1 2019.

Announced debt financing in Q1 2020 totaled to $1.8 billion in seven deals compared to $2.4 billion in 19 deals in Q1 2019. One securitization deal was recorded in the quarter.

Solar Project Acquisitions Q1 2019-Q1 2020 (By GW)

There were 12 solar M&A transactions in Q1 2020 compared 18 solar M&A transactions in Q1 2019. Of the 12 solar M&A transactions announced in Q1 2020, 11 involved Solar Downstream companies. There was one transaction involving a module manufacturer.

There were 55 large-scale solar project acquisitions (eight disclosed for $4.1 billion) in Q1 2020 compared to 54 large-scale solar project acquisitions (20 disclosed for $1.4 billion) in Q1 2019.

Over 12 GW of solar projects were acquired in Q1 2020 compared to 10.1 GW in Q4 2019. In a YoY comparison, 5.9 GW were acquired in Q1 2019.

Oil and gas majors were the most active project acquirers in the first quarter of 2020, acquiring 6,452 MW of solar projects. Investment firms acquired 4,149 MW of projects, followed by project developers which picked up 937 MW of projects.

Solar Project Acquirer Mix (%) Q1 2020

There were 230 companies and investors covered in this report, which is 75 pages in length and contains 66 charts, graphs, and tables.

To learn more about Mercom’s Q1 2020 Solar Funding and M&A Report, visit: http://mercomcapital.com/product/q1-2020-solar-funding-ma-report/


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