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CIT Serves as Coordinating Lead Arranger for $323 Million Geothermal Financing
Monday, December 14, 2020 09:00 AM

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) today announced that its Power and Energy business served as coordinating lead arranger on a $323 million refinancing of the Coso Geothermal power facility in Southern California.

Originally developed in 1987, the 142-megawatt Coso Geothermal facility has been a steady source of renewable power for the Southern California region for more than three decades. The Coso site is considered one of the top three producers of geothermal electrical power in the United States.

CIT arranged the financing on behalf of project sponsor Avenue Capital and its wholly owned asset manager Middle River Power, and other co-owners Bardin Hill, Corre, and Voya investment funds, . The project is supported by three separate power purchase agreements that enable the delivery of Coso's reliable baseload geothermal-generated electricity to customers.

"Southern California is a strong market for the kind of clean, renewable power generated by the Coso facility," said James Suehr, CFO of Middle River Power. "With this financing in place, Coso remains on track to continue delivering renewable electric power to the region for many years to come."

"Geothermal is a valuable source of renewable power, especially because of its unique ability to generate electricity around the clock," said Mike Lorusso, managing director and group head for CIT's Power and Energy business. " We are proud to continue our relationship with Avenue Capital and Middle River Power by arranging this financing for the Coso project, and we look forward to continuing to support their financing needs in the future."

CIT consistently ranks among the nation's top lenders for renewable energy projects, as reported by market research firm Inframation, an Acruis company. Earlier this year, CIT also was recognized as Renewable Energy Lead Arranger of the Year by Power Finance & Risk, a top energy industry trade publication.

Power and Energy, part of CIT's Commercial Finance division, leverages its deep industry knowledge and expertise to offer comprehensive financing solutions for renewable and conventional power generation. The unit manages a large, diverse portfolio that includes investments in all asset classes across the energy sector.

About CIT 
CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, community association banking, middle market banking, equipment and vendor financing, factoring, railcar financing, treasury and payments services, and capital markets and asset management. CIT's consumer banking segment includes a national direct bank and regional branch network. Discover more at

John M. Moran