financing

Accelerating clean energy deployment

The appetite for renewable energy is growing. Commercial, industrial and municipal organizations across the country are looking for ways to harness it, to reduce their energy costs and support their ESG efforts. But deploying clean energy requires access to capital — for ourselves, our customers, and our partners.

That is where DSD has changed the game. We’ve created the first one-stop shop for renewable energy solutions (e.g., solar, storage, EV charging and more), PLUS financing and ownership. Our partnership with BlackRock Real Assets made that vision a reality … and we evolved our capacity by raising more than $1B in project funding with other top-flight partners — like Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ares Management Corp and Rabobank .

These unparalleled financial partnerships mean we can develop projects of all kinds* with funding secured. They also allow us to co-develop with, or acquire projects/portfolios from, our preferred developer partners.

* Whether you’re looking to build a solar array at a retail location, an industrial park, a brownfield site, a school, a police station — or across a number of sites as part of a community project — we have the financial resources to get it done.

DSD Financing Partners

Unmatched expertise & capabilities

At DSD, our expertise and in-house capabilities throughout the entire process — from development through asset management and O&M — give us two unique qualities:

Financial Diligence:

Our in-house team of experts evaluates each project site — whether it’s one we originate or a late-stage acquisition — to determine its value over a 25+ ownership period. As such, our projects are inherently de-risked.

Flexibility & Control:

We’re able to package our individual projects into larger portfolios with a balanced risk profile. This lowers the cost of capital, so we can provide our customers with a the most-competitive rate at any given time.


Financial Diligence:

Our in-house team of experts evaluates each project site — whether it’s one we originate or a late-stage acquisition — to determine its value over a 25+ ownership period. As such, our projects are inherently de-risked.

Flexibility & Control:

We’re able to package our individual projects into larger portfolios with a balanced risk profile. This lowers the cost of capital, so we can provide our customers with a the most-competitive rate at any given time.

You may have heard DSD described as being “Powered by Possibility.” This is a case in point. The know-how, resources and creativity of our team enables not just the ideation of breathtaking solar arrays, but the technical and financial prowess to bring them to life — for our customers and partners.

Flattening the Cost Barrier

The demand for clean energy is expected to spur global GDP gains of almost $100T between now and 2050. But for some companies and organizations, the perceived cost and difficulty of deploying renewable energy continue to present a substantial barrier to entry.

That’s why our goal, and strategy, is to flatten the cost barrier with a variety of financing options — from providing access to low-cost capital, to Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), to site leases and more — so our customers can make the move to renewable energy seamlessly.

When reluctant organizations see that they can get their solar array designed and installed with no upfront costs, and see a 25-year guaranteed reduction in their energy costs, that once-substantial barrier is flattened to nothing.

How DSD Financing Works

Facilitating the Process

“Some other developers are able to design and build an asset, but then have to go raise money to become the owner,” says Erik Schiemann, CEO of DSD. “Or, they flip the project to another company for long-term ownership, leaving customers uncertain. That’s unfair, and with [our financing capabilities] we’ll be able to give them a definitive answer.”

Providing that assurance is what it’s all about.

At the end of the day, our goal is to deliver the finest customer experience possible. Whether you’re working with DSD as an energy user, a partner developer, a supplier or a financier, we ensure that locking down financing — which is arguably the hardest aspect of a project — is a seamless process.

Power Purchase Agreement

  • No upfront cost or balance sheet impact
  • Low, predetermined, all-inclusive kWh rate
  • Pay-as-you-go framework
  • Included O&M

Site Lease

  • Receive monthly “rental” payments for hosting a solar energy project
  • Incremental source of income
  • On-site sustainability impact
  • Included O&M

Project Co-Development

  • Partnerships with local solar firms across the US
  • Transparent project pricing and valuation process
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service
  • Dedicated team of experienced experts

Project Acquisition

  • We’ll be the long-term owner/operator of your project or portfolio
  • Due diligence by in-house industry experts ensures you’ll receive a fair valuation & smooth deal flow 
  • We’re backed by eminent financial partners & here to support you with unmatched customer focus