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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, 2021
USD ($)
fund
investmentFund
Dec. 31, 2020
USD ($)
Jun. 30, 2020
USD ($)
Dec. 31, 2019
USD ($)
Current assets:        
Cash $ 679,588 $ 519,965 $ 269,569 $ 269,577
Restricted cash 177,867 188,095    
Accounts receivable, net 162,969 95,141    
Inventories 341,423 283,045    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 34,805 51,483    
Total current assets 1,396,652 1,137,729    
Solar energy systems, net 8,767,069 8,202,788    
Other assets 910,369 681,665    
Total assets [1] 15,428,836 14,382,943    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 277,775 207,441    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 33,421 28,627    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 312,746 325,614    
Deferred revenue, current portion 113,959 108,452    
Deferred grants, current portion 8,216 8,251    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 128,305 195,036    
Total current liabilities 1,119,109 901,356    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 722,234 690,824    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 208,285 213,269    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 4,874,487 4,370,449    
Other liabilities 230,263 268,684    
Total liabilities [1] $ 7,936,730 7,093,572    
Number of legal structures utilized in investment funds | investmentFund 3      
Variable Interest Entities        
Current assets:        
Cash $ 340,214 219,502    
Restricted cash 53,121 34,559    
Accounts receivable, net 61,971 35,152    
Inventories 31,207 23,306    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,333 2,629    
Total current assets 487,846 315,148    
Solar energy systems, net 7,321,816 6,748,127    
Other assets 156,053 127,591    
Total assets 7,965,715 7,190,866    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable 33,151 15,609    
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests 33,371 28,577    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 29,013 24,660    
Deferred revenue, current portion 47,902 44,906    
Deferred grants, current portion 1,002 1,007    
Non-recourse debt, current portion 41,057 31,594    
Total current liabilities 185,496 146,353    
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 530,658 493,161    
Deferred grants, net of current portion 25,266 25,891    
Non-recourse debt, net of current portion 1,368,889 1,160,817    
Other liabilities 29,049 31,745    
Total liabilities $ 2,139,358 $ 1,857,967    
Number of legal structures utilized in investment funds | fund 7      
[1] The Company’s consolidated assets as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 include $7,965,715 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 June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $7,321,816 and $6,748,127, respectively; cash as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $340,214 and $219,502, respectively; restricted cash as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $53,121 and $34,559, respectively; accounts receivable, net as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $61,971 and $35,152, respectively; inventories as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $31,207 and 23,306, respectively; prepaid expenses and other current assets as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $1,333 and $2,629, respectively; and other assets as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $156,053 and $127,591, respectively. The Company’s consolidated liabilities as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 include $2,139,358 and $1,857,967, respectively, in liabilities of VIEs whose creditors have no recourse to the Company. These liabilities include accounts payable as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $33,151 and $15,609, respectively; distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $33,371 and $28,577, respectively; accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $29,013 and $24,660, respectively; deferred revenue as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $578,560 and $538,067, respectively; deferred grants as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $26,268 and $26,898, respectively; non-recourse debt as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $1,409,946 and $1,192,411, respectively; and other liabilities as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 of $29,049 and $31,745, respectively.