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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, 2021
USD ($)
investmentFund
fund
Dec. 31, 2020
USD ($)
Mar. 31, 2020
USD ($)
Dec. 31, 2019
USD ($)
Current assets:        
Cash $ 649,493 $ 519,965 $ 286,418 $ 269,577
Restricted cash 163,792 188,095    
Accounts receivable, net 125,499 95,141    
Inventories 289,772 283,045    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 40,098 51,483    
Total current assets 1,268,654 1,137,729    
Property and equipment, net 58,168 62,182    
Other assets 801,270 681,665    
Total assets [1] 14,885,961 14,382,943    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 212,230 207,441    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 27,726 28,627    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 312,566 325,614    
Deferred revenue, current portion 106,749 108,452    
Deferred grants, current portion 8,238 8,251    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 103,498 195,036    
Total current liabilities 798,835 901,356    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 700,382 690,824    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 210,863 213,269    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 4,601,570 4,370,449    
Other liabilities 193,168 268,684    
Total liabilities [1] $ 7,493,365 7,093,572    
Number of legal structures utilized in investment funds | investmentFund 3      
Solar energy systems, net        
Current assets:        
Property and equipment, net $ 8,460,443 8,202,788    
Variable Interest Entities        
Current assets:        
Cash 246,928 219,502    
Restricted cash 45,877 34,559    
Accounts receivable, net 51,552 35,152    
Inventories 40,843 23,306    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 582 2,629    
Total current assets 385,782 315,148    
Other assets 150,514 127,591    
Total assets 7,574,849 7,190,866    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 20,124 15,609    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 27,676 28,577    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 24,324 24,660    
Deferred revenue, current portion 46,043 44,906    
Deferred grants, current portion 1,005 1,007    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 33,966 31,594    
Total current liabilities 153,138 146,353    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 506,510 493,161    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 25,589 25,891    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 1,308,041 1,160,817    
Other liabilities 24,016 31,745    
Total liabilities $ 2,017,294 1,857,967    
Number of legal structures utilized in investment funds | fund 7      
Variable Interest Entities | Solar energy systems, net        
Current assets:        
Property and equipment, net $ 7,038,553 $ 6,748,127    
[1] The Company’s consolidated assets as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 include $7,574,849 and $7,190,866, 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, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $7,038,553 and $6,748,127, respectively; cash as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $246,928 and $219,502, respectively; restricted cash as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $45,877 and $34,559, respectively; accounts receivable, net as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $51,552 and $35,152, respectively; inventories as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $40,843 and 23,306, respectively; prepaid expenses and other current assets as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $582 and $2,629, respectively; and other assets as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $150,514 and $127,591, respectively. The Company’s consolidated liabilities as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 include $2,017,294 and $1,857,967, respectively, in liabilities of VIEs whose creditors have no recourse to the Company. These liabilities include accounts payable as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $20,124 and $15,609, respectively; distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $27,676 and $28,577, respectively; accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $24,324 and $24,660, respectively; deferred revenue as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $552,553 and $538,067, respectively; deferred grants as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $26,594 and $26,898, respectively; non-recourse debt as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $1,342,007 and $1,192,411, respectively; and other liabilities as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $24,016 and $31,745, respectively.