Surety Bonds for Solar and Wind


2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Advance Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Engineering Procurement Construction Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Payment Bond with Design and Performance - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Performance Bond- All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Performance Bond with Design and Performance- All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Payment Bond with Solar Module Sublimit - All States

2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Interconnection Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - On Bill Finance - Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Utility Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - On Bill Finance - Solar Projects - Utility Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Power Purchase Agreement Surety Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Decommissioning Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond With Performance Guarantee - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Supply Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Warranty Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Wind Facility Decommissioning Bond - All States

Standard Electronic Surety Bonds

Surety Bonds for Solar and Wind


Advance Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Advance Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides utility, project owner or EPC contractor with financial protection in the event modules are not delivered per supply contract terms, resulting in the advance payment being subject to refund.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of panel manufacturer.
  • Terms and conditions of supply contract.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.



Engineering, Procurement, Construction Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Engineering Procurement Construction Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides guarantee of payment to EPC contractor pending financing being in place to assume progress payment obligations.

Facilitates for long lead items to be secured.


 The EPC bond will provide default protection, with the following understanding:

  • The bond backs a contract, so the underlying contract terms and conditions identifies what is covered by the bond, and the default provisions.

  • In the event there is a default by project owner (principal), and the cure has not been resolved, then the surety will cure the default by:

  1.      Taking over responsibility for the long lead items ordered but not delivered.
  2.      Pay the outstanding invoices for work performed.


To be most effective:

  • The underlying contract should be clear and precise as to what is covered under the bond, both in terms of long lead items and scope of work subject to invoices.

  • Invoices for work should clearly identify the work being performed as part of the itemized scope in the contract that is covered by the bond

  • Purchase orders for long lead items should clearly identify and tie to items identified in the contract.

  • Disputed items on an invoice need to be resolved prior to making a claim under the bond, or have supporting documentation that counters any defenses.
  • Notification to the surety should be concurrent with notices to project owner, with default cure requirement and timelines.
  • Simple underwriting requirements


Underwriting considerations:

  • Status of project

  • Status of financing being negotiated

  • Long lead items must be commercially available and marketable, and on approved list of manufacturers.

  • Notification to surety of nonpayment of monthly invoices must be timely, and within 30 days of nonpayment.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for first year, Pro-rata after first renewal



EPC Contractor Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee payment to all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, also to include payment of any other obligations that arise under the contract that are the obligation of the Principal.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • EPC Contract terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.




EPC Contractor Payment Bond with Design and Performance
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Payment Bond with Design and Performance - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee payment to all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, also to include payment of any other obligations that arise under the contract that are the obligation of the Principal.

Clarifies coverage includes design and performance aspects of the contract

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • EPC Contract general terms and conditions

  • EPC Contract specific terms and conditions regarding design and performance aspects.


  • Insurance on design risk


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.




EPC Contractor Performance Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Performance Bond- All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of contract through completion, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default..


Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • EPC Contract general terms and conditions

  • EPC Contract specific terms and conditions regarding design and performance aspects.


  • EPC Contractor not responsible or liable for design risk


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms. 



EPC Contractor Performance Bond with Design and Performance
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Contractor Performance Bond with Design and Performance- All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of contract through completion, including the design and performance components, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • EPC Contract general terms and conditions

  • EPC Contract specific terms and conditions regarding design and performance aspects.


  • EPC Contractor not responsible or liable for design risk


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms. 



EPC Payment Bond with Solar Module Sublimit - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - EPC Payment Bond with Solar Module Sublimit - All States


Coverage:
When EPC is already providing a 100% payment bond to a guarantee a prime contract that includes the purchase of modules, the module provider can be specifically named as an obligee for the modules being supplied to the project.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms. 



Interconnection Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Interconnection Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:

  • During study phase - provides utility with withdrawal fee of 50% of network update estimate if project is withdrawn.

  • During construction  - provides utility with full coverage of cost of construction estimates.


Underwriting considerations:

  • Study phase – Amount of estimated network upgrades

  • Construction phase – Commitment of funds to pay construction costs, and bonded contractor.
  • Risk mitigated by bonded contractor and funds in place during construction.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for first year, Pro-rata after first renewal



​On Bill Finance - Utility Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - On Bill Finance - Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Utility Payment Bond - All States
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - On Bill Finance - Solar Projects - Utility Payment Bond - All States


Coverage:
Provides the utility with protection against a ratepayer defaulting on their utility bill that includes On Bill loan repayment for installation of a solar system or other energy efficiency updates.

Underwriting considerations

  • Financial strength of utility ratepayer, and payment history with utility.


Program Outline: On Bill Surety Program


Term and premium earn:

  • Term dependent on On Bill Loan payback timeline
  • Fully earned for first year, Pro-rata after first renewal.




​Power Purchase Agreement - Surety Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Power Purchase Agreement Surety Payment Bond - All States

Coverage       
Provides for the cost differential incurred by the obligee between the cost of power that was contracted to be delivered, and the cost on the spot market that had to be paid.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Ability to monitor and measure system performance
  • Data analytics for valuation of solar facility
  • Anticipates delivery shortfalls will be limited and quickly resolved.

  • PPA terms and conditions

  • Quality of panels, invertors and equipment

  • Risk mitigated by insurance, data analytics, quality O&M services and risk transfer where possible.


Term and premium earn:

  • Up to twenty year annually renewable, premium fully earned first year.



Solar Facility Decommissioning Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Decommissioning Bond - All States

Coverage    
Provides for the removal of all panels and  equipment at the end of the lease term.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of project owner.
  • Terms and conditions of decommission plan
  • Ability to monitor project performance. 

Term and premium earn:

  • Up to thirty year annually renewable, premium fully earned first year.



Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond With Performance Guarantee
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond With Performance Guarantee - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of O&M contract, including the performance guarantee components, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default.

Clarifies coverage includes design and performance aspects of the contract


Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of O&M contractor.
  • O&M Contract general terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year



Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee payment to all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, also to include payment of any other obligations that arise under the contract that are the obligation of the Principal.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of O&M contractor.
  • O&M Contract general terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year

 

Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Facility Operations And Maintenance Performance Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of contract, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of O&M contractor.
  • O&M Contract general terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year

 

Solar Module Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides panel manufacturer with financial protection in the event payment is not received for panels delivered.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of utility, project owner, or EPC.
  • Terms and conditions of supply contract.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year



Solar Module Supply Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Supply Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides utility, project owner or EPC contractor with financial protection in the event panels are not delivered per supply contract terms.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of panel manufacturer.

  • Terms and conditions of supply contract.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year



Solar Module Warranty Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Solar Module Warranty Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides utility, project owner or EPC contractor with financial protection in the event panels are defective per supply contract terms.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of panel manufacturer.
  •  Terms and conditions of supply contract.


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned first year, pro-rata after first year




Wind Facility Decommissioning Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Wind Facility Decommissioning Bond - All States


Coverage
Provides for the removal of all equipment at the end of the lease term.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial strength and track record of project owner.
  • Terms and conditions of decommission plan
  • Ability to monitor project performance. 


Term and premium earn:

  • Up to thirty year annually renewable, premium fully earned first year.

Surety Bonds for Construction


General Contractor Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - General Contractor Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee payment to all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, also to include payment of any other obligations that arise under the contract that are the obligation of the Principal.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • Contract terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms



​​General Contractor Performance Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - General Contractor Performance Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of contract through completion, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default..

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of contractor.

  • Contract general terms and conditions

  • Contract specific terms and conditions regarding design and performance aspects.

  • Contractor not responsible or liable for design risk


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.



Subcontractor Payment Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Subcontractor Payment Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee payment to all subcontractors, vendors and suppliers, also to include payment of any other obligations that arise under the contract that are the obligation of the Principal.

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of EPC contractor.

  • Subcontract terms and conditions


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.



Subcontractor Performance Bond
2019 03-19 XBRL-CET - Subcontractor Performance Bond - All States

Coverage:
Provides facility owner with financial protection to guarantee performance of contract through completion, and for the surety to facilitate curing a default..

Underwriting considerations:

  • Financial Strength and track record of subcontractor.

  • Subcontract general terms and conditions

  • Subcontract specific terms and conditions regarding design and performance aspects.

  • Subcontractor not responsible or liable for design risk


Term and premium earn:

  • Fully earned for one or two year period depending on surety program, with surcharge for longer terms.