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TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/07/2018
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system is ready for its intended use. The amount of interest capitalized during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 was $1.6 million and $22.7 million, respectively. There was no interest capitalized during the year ended December 31, 2017.

Financing Lease Obligations

Certain of the Company's assets were financed with sale-leaseback arrangements. Proceeds received from a sale-leaseback are treated using the deposit method when the sale of the renewable energy facility is not recognizable. A sale is not recognized when the leaseback arrangements include a prohibited form of continuing involvement, such as an option or obligation to repurchase the assets under the Company's master lease agreements. Under these arrangements, the Company does not recognize any profit until the sale is recognizable, which the Company expects will be at the end of the arrangement when the contract is canceled and the initial deposits received are forfeited by the financing party.
    
The Company is required to make rental payments over the course of the leaseback arrangements. These payments are allocated between principal and interest payments using an effective yield method.

Deferred Financing Costs

Financing costs incurred in connection with obtaining construction and term financing are deferred and amortized over the maturities of the respective financing arrangements using the effective interest method and are presented as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the related debt (see Note 11. Long-term Debt), with the exception of the costs related to the Company's revolving credit facilities, which are presented as a non-current asset on the balance sheet within other assets. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company had $9.4 million and $7.8 million, respectively, of unamortized deferred financing costs related to its revolving credit facilities. The prior year amount was reclassified from deferred financing costs, net to other assets to conform to the current year presentation. Amortization of deferred financing costs is capitalized during construction and recorded as interest expense in the consolidated statements of operations following achievement of commercial operation.

Asset Retirement Obligations

Asset retirement obligations are accounted for in accordance with ASC 410-20, Asset Retirement Obligations. Retirement obligations associated with renewable energy facilities included within the scope of ASC 410-20 are those for which a legal obligation exists under enacted laws, statutes, and written or oral contracts, and for which the timing and/or method of settlement may be conditional on a future event. Asset retirement obligations are recognized at fair value in the period in which they are incurred and the carrying amount of the related renewable energy facility is correspondingly increased. Over time, the liability is accreted to its expected future value. The corresponding renewable energy facility that is capitalized at inception is depreciated over its useful life. Historically, the Company accreted its asset retirement obligations over the term of the related PPA agreement. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company revised the accretion period and determined that these obligations should be accreted to expected future value over the remaining useful life of the corresponding renewable energy facility, consistent with the depreciation expense that is recorded on the asset retirement cost recognized within renewable energy facilities and with its estimate of the future timing of settlement. This change in accretion period and related estimate associated with the timing of the original undiscounted cash flows resulted in a $22.2 million reduction in the Company's asset retirement obligation and corresponding renewable energy facility carrying amount as of December 31, 2016. The Company also recorded an adjustment during the fourth quarter of 2016 to reduce previously reported accretion and depreciation expense by $4.4 million as a result of this change. $2.9 million of the accretion and depreciation expense reduction related to amounts previously reported for the year ended December 31, 2015. The quarterly accretion and depreciation expense reduction that related to each of the first three quarters of 2016 was $0.5 million. Management performed an assessment of the balance sheet and income statement impact on its previously issued filings and determined it to be immaterial.

The Company generally reviews its asset retirement obligations annually, based on its review of updated cost studies and its evaluation of cost escalation factors. The Company evaluates newly assumed costs or substantive changes in previously assumed costs to determine if the cost estimate impacts are sufficiently material to warrant application of the updated estimates to the asset retirement obligations. Changes resulting from revisions to the timing or amount of the original estimate of cash flows are recognized as an increase or a decrease in the asset retirement cost to the extent applicable. Effective December 31, 2016, the Company revised its original estimates of the costs and related amount of cash flows for certain of its asset retirement obligations which resulted in a $7.9 million reduction in the asset retirement obligation and related renewable energy facility carrying amount as of December 31, 2016. As this was a prospective change in estimate, there was no impact to accretion or


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