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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
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
USD ($)
fund
InvestmentFund
Dec. 31, 2019
USD ($)
Jun. 30, 2019
USD ($)
Dec. 31, 2018
USD ($)
Current assets:        
Cash $ 269,569 $ 269,577 $ 299,537 $ 226,625
Restricted cash 84,515 93,504    
Accounts receivable, net 60,000 77,728    
Inventories 210,507 260,571    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,649 25,984    
Total current assets 638,240 733,830    
Other assets 432,404 408,403    
Total assets [1] 6,005,042 5,806,341    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 99,895 223,356    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 17,751 16,062    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 187,891 148,497    
Deferred revenue, current portion 78,750 77,643    
Deferred grants, current portion 8,274 8,093    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 105,381 35,348    
Total current liabilities 517,299 530,094    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 663,797 651,856    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 213,956 218,568    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 2,081,725 1,980,107    
Other liabilities 227,984 141,401    
Total liabilities [1] $ 4,312,855 4,168,344    
Number of pass-through Fund arrangements | InvestmentFund 3      
Variable Interest Entities        
Current assets:        
Cash $ 155,239 133,362    
Restricted cash 12,411 2,746    
Accounts receivable, net 25,530 21,956    
Inventories 94,175 15,721    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,480 554    
Total current assets 288,835 174,339    
Solar energy systems, net 3,557,831 3,259,712    
Other assets 102,257 87,151    
Total assets 3,948,923 3,521,202    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 14,306 11,531    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 17,701 16,012    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 14,095 10,740    
Deferred revenue, current portion 40,514 38,265    
Deferred grants, current portion 1,011 1,011    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 39,361 4,901    
Total current liabilities 126,988 82,460    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 465,972 443,873    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 26,505 27,023    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 238,055 201,575    
Other liabilities 36,929 19,633    
Total liabilities $ 894,449 $ 774,564    
Number of pass-through Fund arrangements | fund 6      
[1] The Company’s consolidated assets as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 include $3,948,923 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 June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $3,557,831 and $3,259,712, respectively; cash as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $155,239 and $133,362, respectively; restricted cash as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $12,411 and $2,746, respectively; accounts receivable, net as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $25,530 and $21,956, respectively; inventories as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $94,175 and 15,721, respectively; prepaid expenses and other current assets as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $1,480 and $554, respectively; and other assets as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $102,257 and $87,151, respectively. The Company’s consolidated liabilities as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 include $894,449 and $774,564, respectively, in liabilities of VIEs whose creditors have no recourse to the Company. These liabilities include accounts payable as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $14,306 and $11,531, respectively; distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $17,701 and $16,012, respectively; accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $14,095 and $10,740, respectively; deferred revenue as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $506,486 and $482,138, respectively; deferred grants as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $27,516 and $28,034, respectively; non-recourse debt as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $277,416 and $206,476, respectively; and other liabilities as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $36,929 and $19,633, respectively.