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VIE Arrangements - Carrying Amounts and Classification of the VIEs' Assets and Liabilities Included in the Consolidated Balance Sheets (Details)

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VIE Arrangements - Carrying Amounts and Classification of the VIEs' Assets and Liabilities Included in the Consolidated Balance Sheets (Details)
$ in Thousands
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
USD ($)
InvestmentFund
fund
Dec. 31, 2019
USD ($)
Mar. 31, 2019
USD ($)
Dec. 31, 2018
USD ($)
Current assets:        
Cash $ 286,418 $ 269,577 $ 245,604 $ 226,625
Restricted cash 79,682 93,504    
Accounts receivable, net 65,509 77,728    
Inventories 257,614 260,571    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,813 25,984    
Total current assets 707,816 733,830    
Solar energy systems, net 4,644,044 4,492,615    
Other assets 420,350 408,403    
Total assets [1] 5,938,507 5,806,341    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 159,791 223,356    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 17,766 16,062    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 118,869 148,497    
Deferred revenue, current portion 78,419 77,643    
Deferred grants, current portion 8,089 8,093    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 71,508 35,348    
Total current liabilities 474,757 530,094    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 660,309 651,856    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 217,692 218,568    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 2,128,840 1,980,107    
Other liabilities 229,052 141,401    
Total liabilities [1] $ 4,324,150 4,168,344    
Number of pass-through Fund arrangements | InvestmentFund 3      
Variable Interest Entities        
Current assets:        
Cash $ 178,982 133,362    
Restricted cash 7,370 2,746    
Accounts receivable, net 25,927 21,956    
Inventories 110,594 15,721    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,497 554    
Total current assets 324,370 174,339    
Solar energy systems, net 3,415,118 3,259,712    
Other assets 94,074 87,151    
Total assets 3,833,562 3,521,202    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 13,758 11,531    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 17,716 16,012    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 9,977 10,740    
Deferred revenue, current portion 39,646 38,265    
Deferred grants, current portion 1,011 1,011    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 40,587 4,901    
Total current liabilities 122,695 82,460    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 458,419 443,873    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 26,765 27,023    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 251,211 201,575    
Other liabilities 38,717 19,633    
Total liabilities $ 897,807 $ 774,564    
Number of pass-through Fund arrangements | fund 6      
[1] The Company’s consolidated assets as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 include $3,833,562 and $3,521,202, respectively, in assets of variable interest entities (“VIEs”) that can only be used to settle obligations of the VIEs. These assets include solar energy systems, net, as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $3,415,118 and $3,259,712, respectively; cash as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $178,982 and $133,362, respectively; restricted cash as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $7,370 and $2,746, respectively; accounts receivable, net as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $25,927 and $21,956, respectively; inventories as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $110,594 and 15,721, respectively; prepaid expenses and other current assets as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $1,497 and $554, respectively; and other assets as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $94,074 and $87,151, respectively. The Company’s consolidated liabilities as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 include $897,807 and $774,564, respectively, in liabilities of VIEs whose creditors have no recourse to the Company. These liabilities include accounts payable as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $13,758 and $11,531, respectively; distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $17,716 and $16,012, respectively; accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $9,977 and $10,740, respectively; deferred revenue as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $498,065 and $482,138, respectively; deferred grants as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $27,776 and $28,034, respectively; non-recourse debt as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $291,798 and $206,476, respectively; and other liabilities as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $38,717 and $19,633, respectively.