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Lease Pass-Through Financing Obligations

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Lease Pass-Through Financing Obligations
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
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Lease Pass-Through Financing Obligations

Note 8. Lease Pass-Through Financing Obligations

The Company has five ongoing transactions referred to as “lease pass-through arrangements.” Under lease pass-through arrangements, the Company leases solar energy systems to Fund investors under a master lease agreement, and these investors in turn are assigned the leases with customers. The Company receives all of the value attributable to the accelerated tax depreciation and some or all of the value attributable to the other incentives. The Company assigns to the Fund investors the value attributable to the ITC, and, for the duration of the master lease term, the long-term recurring customer payments. Given the assignment of the operating cash flows, these arrangements are accounted for as financing obligations. In addition, in one of the lease pass-through structures, the Company sold, as well as leased, solar energy systems to a Fund investor under a master purchase agreement. As the substantial risks and rewards in the underlying solar energy systems were retained by the Company, this arrangement was also accounted for as a financing obligation.

Under these lease pass-through arrangements, wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company finance the cost of solar energy systems with investors for an initial term of 20 – 25 years. The solar energy systems are subject to Customer Agreements with an initial term not exceeding 20 years. These solar energy systems are reported under the line item Solar energy systems, net in the consolidated balance sheets. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, the cost of the solar energy systems placed in service under the lease pass-through arrangements was $484.7 million and $447.4 million, respectively. The accumulated depreciation related to these assets as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 was $37.7 million and $33.5 million, respectively.

As discussed in Note 6, Indebtedness, in connection with the pooling of assets related to the securitization transaction entered into in July 2015, an aggregate amount of $88.9 million of the lease pass-through financing obligation was repaid.

In September 2015, the Company entered into a new lease pass-through arrangement and in connection with this arrangement, the Company agreed to defer a portion (up to 25%) of the amounts required to be paid upfront under the arrangement through a loan between an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of the Company and a subsidiary of the investor. The term loan agreement as amended is for an aggregate amount up to $25.0 million. The loan is collateralized by the related cash flows assigned to the investor. There is a legal right to offset the loan if an event of default has occurred.  Therefore, the lease pass-through related to this arrangement is recorded net of the loan. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, the loan amount was $24.4 million and $21.8 million, respectively.