Open Energy Closes Loan for 1.2 Megawatt Solar Facility

Project Financing by Open Energy Group Enables Construction of Solar Facility to Power the City of Aztec, New Mexico


New York, NY (July 12, 2016) —Open Energy, an innovative provider of debt financing solutions for commercial solar projects, has announced the closing of a loan with an affiliate of Guzman Energy, a specialty energy company that finances, trades and operates energy assets across North America. The loan provides project financing for a ground mount solar facility that will generate 1.2 megawatts of electricity for the city of Aztec, New Mexico. Aztec has a population of approximately 6,500.

"The city of Aztec is helping to drive New Mexico's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard of 10 percent renewables by 2020 for rural electric cooperatives," said Graham Smith, CEO of Open Energy. "We will continue to work with firms like Guzman to enable the non-residential solar market to flourish across the United States."

This project is part of Guzman's seven-year agreement with Aztec to be the city's primary wholesale power provider starting on July 1, 2016. The solar facility was constructed on an eight-acre parcel of undeveloped land and will generate approximately 8 percent of Aztec's electricity. Aztec City Manager Joshua Ray stated, "The City of Aztec is excited to begin this new partnership with Guzman Energy and Open Energy to provide the citizens of Aztec with cleaner, more efficient, environmentally friendly energy."

"Open Energy is providing capital for Aztec to reap the benefits of renewable energy while also lowering electricity rates for its residents," said Ruslan Magdeev, Head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets at Guzman Energy. "We are helping the city's residents save on their electricity bills and will facilitate Aztec's purchase and ownership of the solar facility when the contract ends in 2023."

About Open Energy

Open Energy provides innovative financing solutions to support the growth of US commercial and industrial solar energy infrastructure. Open Energy's financing approach and borrower platform utilizes an innovative, technology-driven underwriting process. For borrowers, Open Energy offers increased access to capital and a streamlined time- and cost-efficient loan application process. For institutional and accredited investors, the strict risk methodology offered through Open Energy's proprietary online platform delivers quality project secured debt with strong risk-adjusted returns. For more information about Open Energy and its debt financing solutions, please visit www.openenergygroup.com.

About Guzman Energy

The Guzman Energy Group, which includes Guzman Energy, Guzman Renewable Energy Partners (GREP) and its affiliates, is a specialty energy company that finances, trades and operates energy assets across North America. The firm is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida with offices in Denver, Colorado. To learn more about Guzman Energy visit www.guzmanenergy.com.


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