|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2016
|Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]|
During the third quarter of 2015, the Company formed an investment fund for the purpose of funding the purchase of a solar energy system. The Company consolidates the investment fund, and all inter-company balances and transactions between the Company and the investment fund are eliminated in its consolidated financial statements. The Company determined that the investment fund meets the definition of a VIE. The Company uses a qualitative approach in assessing the consolidation requirement for VIEs that focuses on determining whether the Company has the power to direct the activities of the VIE that most significantly affect the VIE’s economic performance and whether the Company has the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive benefits that could potentially be significant to the VIE.
The Company has considered the provisions within the contractual arrangements that grant it power to manage and make decisions that affect the operation of this VIE, including determining the solar energy systems and associated long term customer contracts to be sold or contributed to the VIE, and installation, operation and maintenance of the solar energy systems. The Company considers that the rights granted to the other investors under the contractual arrangements are more protective in nature rather than participating rights. As such, the Company has determined it is the primary beneficiary of the VIE for all periods presented. The Company evaluates its relationships with VIEs on an ongoing basis to ensure that it continues to be the primary beneficiary.
Under the related agreements, cash distributions of income and other receipts by the fund, net of agreed-upon expenses and estimated expenses, tax benefits and detriments of income and loss, and tax benefits of tax credits, are assigned to the fund investor and Company’s subsidiary as specified in contractual arrangements. Certain of these arrangements have call and put options to acquire the investor’s equity interest as specified in the contractual agreement. See Note 9 for additional information on the call and put options.
At March 31, 2016 the Company included $1,556 in restricted cash and $33,096 of project assets, net related to the investment fund in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. At December 31, 2015, the Company included $5,419 in restricted cash and $32,657 of project assets, net related to the investment fund in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet.
The entire disclosure for a variable interest entity (VIE), including but not limited to, judgments and assumptions in determining whether to consolidate and in identifying the primary beneficiary, gain (loss) recognized on the initial consolidation of the VIE, terms of arrangements, amounts and classification of the VIE's assets and liabilities, and the entity's maximum exposure to loss.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef