KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Residential Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Financing Green Revenue Bonds, Series 2023A

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to a term bond issued by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Residential Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Financing Green Revenue Bonds, Series 2023A (“NYSERDA 2023A”), a consumer solar loan and home improvement loan ABS transaction.

NYSERDA will issue a $4.86 million term bond and nine serial bonds which total $14.14 million. The serial bonds have maturity dates ranging from 2024 through 2032 and the term bonds mature in 2038. The NYSERDA 2023A Bonds are not guaranteed by NYSERDA and are non-recourse. The transaction is structured with all bonds supported by overall enhancement of 44.10% (overcollateralization plus amounts deposited into the reserve account). The credit enhancement levels are sufficient to cover KBRA’s corresponding stressed cash flow assumptions for the rating on the bonds.

This transaction represents New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (“NYSERDA” or the “Authority”) first term ABS securitization of 2023 and fifth KBRA-rated securitization. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 pursuant to Title 9, Article 8 of the Public Authorities Law of the State of New York. NYSERDA was formed to develop and encourage the use of energy conservation technologies by developing and implementing new energy technologies consistent with economic, social and environmental objectives. Although the Issuer is not structured as a special purpose vehicle, under current law, NYSERDA is not authorized to seek protection from its creditors pursuant to the United States Bankruptcy Code.

KBRA applied the General Global Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the portfolio pool data, underlying collateral pool, and capital structure. KBRA considered its operational reviews of NYSERDA, as well as periodic due diligence calls with the Authority. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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