Solar Energy is now a legitimate alternative to fossil fuels providing the opportunity for users to reduce their energy cost.
The financing of small to medium solar energy projects has been challenged, until now.
Bryan Birsic combined his finance background and technology to co-create the solar energy financing platform Wunder Capital.
Solar Energy Today
Solar Energy has come so far since the 1970’s. More than just a nice idea to save the planet, today’s solar energy can produce enough power to more than replace a commercial buildings energy needs.
An additional benefit is that the product is warranted for 25 years to produce at least 80% of what it did when initially installed. While this may be enough for the greenest property owner to convert, for most buyers, it’s about the money.
For most projects, the opportunity to save 15% on their energy bill is what drives property owners to make the move to solar.
Unfortunately, traditional financing is not as receptive to small and medium size projects.
Financing for Solar Energy Projects
Banks fundamentally want to know they will get paid back. Decisions to lend are based on the understanding of the borrower and what the money will be used for. That’s underwriting.
For large projects with credit rated borrowers, there are plenty of lenders willing to lend on the project. The loan is large enough to support the layers of fees for traditional underwriting.
For small projects, there are two hurdles for financing.
- Borrowers rarely have a credit rating for banks to use.
- Small project do not generate enough revenue for the bank.
Investment Opportunity for Solar Energy Projects
The demand for solar energy is strong in areas where energy cost are high. Wunder Capital has partnered with 150 installers in 30 states to provide financing for projects.
The Wunder Capital finance platform leverages technology to underwrite the project and borrower. This provides quick approval which keeps borrowers and installers happy.
Projects under $2million is Wunder’s target borrower. The average project values is $500,000 and will be installed on a school, municipal or commercial building.
For accredited investors, Wunder Capital provides the opportunity is to invest as little as $1,000. You receive a payment dependent note with a projected yield. Projects average between 6-8% interest for 5 to 10 years depending on the project.
The product can generate enough energy to more than pay for itself. This plus building owners and investors want to promote green energy have made this a viable investment opportunity for investors looking for something different.
Opportunity to save on electricity and own their primary electrical generation guaranteed for 25 years.
Wunder focuses on Solar Energy exclusively.
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