Solar, PACE and ESG Investing
September 2 - 4, 2020
Solar, PACE and ESG Investing
Despite challenging market conditions, Solar, PACE and ESG/Green Bonds have continued to receive significant investor interest judging by the success of recent transactions. IMN is pleased to provide a platform for the market to hear directly from, and network with, some of the most influential issuers, investors, bankers, government entities and other corporate service providers in this space.
Join us for three days of engaging conversations and networking opportunities inclusive of:
Solar ABS on September 2
Investors’ Perspectives on Solar & PACE on September 2
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) on September 3
ESG in Structured Finance – European Market Perspective on September 4
Positive Impact of ESG During & Post-Covid – U.S. Market on September 4
Interactive panel discussions with live Q&A and Polling
1-to-1 Networking before, during and after the event
For speaking and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Chris Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Solar: A Bright Light in the ABS Market?
Solar Securitization - Review of recent transactions (Sunnova, Mosaic, Loanpal), and expectation for issuance going forward. Trends and challenges, deal structures, innovative features, investor appetite etc.
Reviewing the solar investment tax credit (ITC) and the step-down of the solar ITC. What impact will this have on solar project development and the solar industry overall?
Residential Solar – with recent Solar ABS transactions, institutional investors are getting more comfortable with this class of ABS. How has the investor profile evolved and what appetite has there been for recent transactions? Is Solar ABS becoming more mainstream?
Community Solar makes solar accessible to a larger segment of the population – so what is holding back the exponential growth? How has solar storage capabilities improved? What sources of financing is available?
How does Solar compare to other Green Assets? What obstacles are issuers facing coming to market post-Covid?
Outlook for Distributed Solar: How are utilities responding?
Technological advancements helping boost the solar industry and Investor confidence.
Nathan Gabig, Partner (KPMG LLP)
Danny Abajian, Senior Vice President and Group Head of Project Finance (Sunrun)
Alex Kaplan, Senior Director, Head of Capital Markets (Mosaic)
Stephen Viscovich, Managing Director (Credit Suisse)
Gary Blitz, Global Co-CEO, M&A and Transaction Solutions (Aon Transaction Solutions)
4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Investors’ Perspectives on Solar & PACE
What do you include in the ABS market for solar and PACE? Are these distinct markets and what counts as “the market”?
What are investors' major focus areas in Solar & PACE investing today? How have views on these sectors changed in the last 6 months
How buoyant are these sectors given the Covid-19 pandemic? Will we see a rise in ‘Green’, environmentally provisioned investing?
Based on where investing, what do investors consider to be the advantages and challenges of these sectors, on absolute basis and compared to other structured products? Are there currently structural supports to address the challenges, and are there other ways to meet the needs of investors? Do certain deficiencies remain?
How do investors view these sectors in light of the US and global views on climate action? What key political and economic events have affected the asset landscape?
Are these sectors impacted in the same ways as the broader green bond market by ‘green’ vs. ‘green-washing’?
What is the outlook for the next 6-12 months?
Co-Hosted by the Fixed Income Investor Network (FIIN)
Joseph Lau, President, FIIN Chair (LordCap Green; FIIN)
Amanda Samai, Managing Director (Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate)
Manish Kapoor, CFA, Managing Principal, Vice Chairman (West Wheelock Capital, Fixed Income Inv.)
Sarah Lange, Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager (Pentegra Investors Inc)
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Watch this PACE – Capitalizing on New Opportunities
Securitization of PACE Assets: Overview of Private Placements and 144a offerings - Pro’s and Con’s of each. Structuring transactions in a post-Covid era. Increased investor interest.
C-PACE – Covid-19 proofing commercial property is essential with businesses returning to work. What upgrades and opportunities are there? A look at significant upgrades to commercial offices, healthcare and medical properties.
R-PACE – As more families work from home and utilize more electricity, is now the time for Resi Solar?
Review of PACE programs and PACE-enabling legislation.
Impact measurement and verification – what analytics and data is required to report on this successfully? What analytics and data may be collected in the future, to continue to increase the applicability of the program?
New Construction vs. Retrofitting: what are considerations specific to each?
Defining ESG in structured finance and ESG considerations as they relate to securitized assets
The creation of Covid-19 social bonds - Investing in Covid-19 social Bonds, a new subset of ESG investments. New issuances of the Covid-related bonds could propel social bonds into the ESG spotlight. A review of the benefits, opportunities and challenges.
How can we close the gap between current ESG reporting and investor expectations?
Sustainability Bonds and the re-allocation of capital flows towards sustainable projects. Where do we stand in meeting Sustainable Development Goals and how can the capital markets play a role in achieving these?
With an increased focus on ESG investing, what will be the next sectors to evolve towards ESG and what are the hurdles?
What is the range of returns for ESG investments, and how do investors view these (absolute returns correlative to all investments)? Are these investments outperforming the market and worth the risk?
ESG Measurement & Management: Data Analytics, Certification, and Scoring.
Amy Hauter, Portfolio Mgr. & Head of Sustainable F.I. (Brown Advisory)
Robert McDonough, Director of ESG and Regulatory Initiatives; Secretary (Angel Oak Capital; Fixed Income Investor Network)