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TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 07/21/2017
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and expect to self-perform many of these services or to outsource those services to a qualified third party provider for the remaining wind and solar assets. We have also sought to retain key personnel and ensured timely payments to vendors and subcontractors. The volume of electricity generated and sold by our facilities will also be negatively impacted if any facilities experience higher than normal downtime as a result of equipment failures, electrical grid disruption or curtailment, weather disruptions, or other events beyond our control. The Company tracks generation availability as a measure of the operational efficiency of our business. For some of our plants, particularly our wind plants located in Texas, we sell a portion of the power output of the plant on a merchant basis into the wholesale power markets. Any uncontracted energy sales are dependent on the current or day ahead prices in the power markets. Certain of the wholesale markets have experienced volatility and negative pricing.

Seasonality and Resource Variability

The amount of electricity produced and revenues generated by our solar generation facilities is dependent in part on the amount of sunlight, or irradiation, where the assets are located. Shorter daylight hours in winter months results in less irradiation and the generation produced by these facilities will vary depending on the season. Irradiation can also be variable at a particular location from period to period due to weather or other meteorological patterns, which can affect operating results. As the great majority of our solar power plants are located in the Northern hemisphere, we expect our current solar portfolio’s power generation to be at its lowest during the fourth quarter of each year. Therefore, we expect our fourth quarter solar revenue generation to be lower than other quarters.

Similarly, the electricity produced and revenues generated by our wind power plant depend heavily on wind conditions, which are variable and difficult to predict. Operating results for renewable energy facilities vary significantly from period to period depending on the wind conditions during the periods in question. As our wind power plants are located in geographies with different profiles, there is some flattening of the seasonal variability associated with each individual wind power plant’s generation, and we expect that as the fleet expands the effect of such wind resource variability may be favorably impacted, although we cannot guarantee that we will purchase wind power plants that will achieve such results in part or at all. Historically, our wind production is greater in the first and fourth quarters which can partially offset the lower solar revenue expected to be generated in the fourth quarter.

Although we are currently deferring a decision on making dividend payments in the prudent conduct of our business over time, we intend to revert to a situation where we reserve a portion of our cash available for distribution and maintain sufficient liquidity, including cash on hand and a revolving credit facility in order to, among other things, facilitate the payment of dividends to our stockholders. As a result, over time we do not expect seasonality to have a material effect on the amount of our quarterly dividends.

Cash distribution restrictions

In certain cases, we obtain project-level or other limited or non-recourse financing for our renewable energy facilities which may limit our ability to distribute funds to the Company. These limitations typically require that the project-level cash is used to meet debt obligations and fund operating reserves of the project company. These financing arrangements also generally limit our ability to distribute funds to the Company if defaults have occurred or would occur with the giving of notice or the lapse of time, or both. As discussed above, as a result of the SunEdison Bankruptcy and delays in delivery of audited financial statements for certain project-level subsidiaries, the Company has experienced defaults under most of its non-recourse project-debt financing agreements. During the course of 2016 and to date in 2017, the Company obtained waivers or temporary forbearances with respect to most of these defaults and has transitioned, or is working to transition, the project-level services provided by SunEdison Debtors to third parties or in-house to an affiliate of the Company; however, certain of these defaults persist. Moreover, the Company has experienced, or expects to experience, additional defaults under most of the same non-recourse financing agreements in 2017 as the result of the failure to complete the Company or project-level audits on the time periods prescribed by those agreements. The Company is working to complete these audits and is seeking to cure or obtain waivers of such defaults. To date, none of the non-recourse project financings has been accelerated and no project-level lender has notified the Company of such lenders’ election to enforce remedies with respect to project security interests, although no assurances can be given that the Company will obtain waivers and/or permanent forbearance of existing or future defaults or that none of those financings will be accelerated. While a project-level loan is in default, or during a forbearance period if required by the applicable lenders, we do not expect to be able to make distributions from our projects to the Company, reducing the cash available to fund our corporate-level operating expenses and debt service on our Revolver, Senior Notes due 2023 and Senior Notes Due 2025. Failure to receive these distributions for a meaningful period of time will have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, including our ability to pay our corporate-level debt service obligations, as well as to pay dividends to the holders of our Class A common stock, and our ability to comply with corporate-level debt covenants.