Solar Power Purchase Agreement Accounting

05 Mar 2022


Solar Power Purchase Agreement Accounting

Customers can sign a contract to purchase all the electricity produced by a project (as would be the case with a behind-the-meter installation), a fixed amount of electricity, or a percentage of a project`s output. The APP may require a fixed monthly payment or a fixed, increasing or variable (indexed) price per kWh. Variable prices can also be limited by collars that set minimum and maximum prices. Larger projects, in which multiple clients may be involved, can be set up in the form of joint ventures or syndications. PPA incentives, such as REBs and tax credits, may be passed on to clients or retained by the project proponent or owner. As part of their sustainability strategies, companies around the world enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy producers. This document aims to help address issues related to the accounting of PPAs on renewable energy in companies. If we can provide accounting assistance with a PPA, or if you have any questions about this topic or a question related to accounting and auditing, please contact the partner in charge of your mandate or the following: With a physical PPA or “PPPA”, the buyer (often referred to as a “buyer”) buys electricity from a generator or project owner. either for personal use or for sale to others. The power generation module (or the “Project”) can be built on customer property, behind the electricity meter or anywhere off-site, but in the same power grid. There are many good reasons to enter into an PPA to meet some or all of your electricity needs: financial, environmental, social, regulatory and improving your public profile, to name a few.

However, PPAs are long-term and generally complex commitments. Before signing on the dotted line, take the time to understand how the PPA works and how the different provisions of a PPA can affect accounting. Not only will this help avoid surprises, but it can also help negotiate the APP to achieve the desired results in financial reporting (or at least avoid those that are not desirable). Given the criteria set out in both standards, it appears that many PPAs would be considered leases, particularly facilities located behind the meter. However, this is not necessarily the case. For example, if a developer has been granted an easement that gives him or her unfettered access to a project installed on the roof of a building [p.B. a school (the buyer)], does the school control access to the project? Or, if the client retains all the credits and incentives for a project, has the buyer reaped all the economic benefits? And if the customer cannot control the output of the project or change the system maintenance provider, does he have the right to control the use of the project? These are difficult but important questions that need to be answered when it comes to processing the customer`s billing for the contract. Drastic changes in energy markets due to COVID-19 have highlighted market risks for business buyers considering virtual energy. The type of PPA, its structure and prices depend, among other things, on the objectives of the buyer, the specific market (and whether the market is regulated or not) and the financial needs and objectives of the project developer/owner. All the variables in these agreements raise a number of accounting issues that need to be examined. Below is a discussion of some of the accounting issues that can arise from a buyer`s perspective. Under a virtual PPA or “VPPA”, the project is usually located in a different network, often in a different state, and the customer never takes over the physical delivery of the energy.

On the contrary, the electricity produced under the project will be injected into the grid, where it will be indistinguishable from electricity from other sources (including non-renewable sources) and will be sold to others at the current market price. The customer is entitled to a share of the proceeds from the sale of the electricity and generally receives the rights to the renewable energy allowances (or RECs) associated with the VPPA, which grant the customer a credit rating for the use of renewable energy. PPAs can be quite complicated and present unique and interesting accounting challenges. This e-newsletter takes into account some factors relevant to reader awareness. As renewable energy technology continues to improve, its acquisition has become more profitable and is becoming increasingly popular. Renewable energy – mainly solar and wind – is usually obtained through a power purchase agreement or PPA. Companies around the world assess their impact on the environment. As part of their sustainability strategies, they strive to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As technology evolves and renewables become more cost-effective, decarbonizing electricity is an achievable goal. One way to purchase renewable electricity is to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) directly with renewable energy producers. Corporate renewable PPAs are contracts that contain the commercial terms of purchase of renewable energy, such as. B duration of the contract, place of delivery, date and time of delivery, volume, price and product.

VPAPs are more likely to meet the definition of a derivative, but even with PPPAs, depending on the structure of the agreement, you can have a lease with an integrated derivative. In addition to achieving sustainability goals, companies also enter into corporate PPAs for economic and brand reasons. PPAs are economically attractive because they often include pre-agreed prices for a given period of time, which limits exposure to fluctuations in electricity prices, while direct sourcing from renewable energy producers ensures the long-term affordability of energy costs. Since Germany issued the first Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for renewables in 1991, the growth of renewables has been. According to ASC 815-10, Derivatives and Hedging, a derivative is defined as a financial instrument or other contract with all of the following characteristics: PPAs can be physical or virtual (also called financial or synthetic). According to asC 840-10, Leases (the current rental standard), a lease is available if one of the following conditions is met: Bruce Blasnik, CPA, | 203 705 4120 If it is concluded that an embedded derivative exists, that derivative should generally be adjusted to its fair value at the end of each reporting period. Under the new lease standard ASC 842, which comes into effect for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019 (non-public entities), a lease is defined as a contract that transfers the right to control the use of an identified asset for a specified period of time, and the client has both (a) the right to derive virtually all economic benefits from the identified asset, and (b) the right to control the use of the identified asset […].