Preferred Shares Investment

On April 7th, 2017, CEF launched its first opportunity for members to invest directly in the co-ops growth and success: Preferred Shares. Members who live in Minnesota are now invited to invest $1,000 or more in CEF as we work towards our goal of $550,000 in member equity (we can raise up to $750,000). The great news,  we’re over 75% to our goal! The CEF Board has extended the investment deadline into December.

Preferred Share Investments will help us cover:

  • $128,200 in Xcel fees to launch our next 6 gardens
  • $20,000 in land use permits from counties where we are developing solar gardens
  • $210,000 in initial EPC contractor payments before project financing
  • $50,000 in project legal fees before project financing
  • $25,000 to finish up our subscriber management system

These expenses will be recovered by the co-op through project financing (total financing for our first 7 projects is around $12.5 million) and reused for future project development. Additional funds raised will help launch or staff expansion and provide a direct equity stake for CEF in our solar garden projects.

Becoming a Preferred Share investor means that you will get a dividend – usually 8% – for every year your capital is invested in the co-op. The expected term of investment is 10 years, though the co-op has the right to redeem shares invested at an earlier date, and we have included some options for early redemption by investors as well. Dividends paid are generated by the co-ops’ profits as we operate our solar gardens after the operating expenses and debt we incur.  If you are interested, please contact us to be sent a copy of the Confidential Offering Memorandum, Financial Projections, and the Subscription Agreement. All members interested in investing should review these documents and related disclosures before investing. Feel free to contact General Manager Timothy DenHerder-Thomas with any questions you may have.

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