KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Sunnova Helios III Issuer, LLC, Solar Loan Backed Notes, Series 2019-A

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three
classes of notes issued by Sunnova Helios III Issuer, LLC, Solar Loan
Backed Notes, Series 2019-A (“Sunnova 2019-A”). This is a $167.63
million term ABS securitization collateralized by a pool of
approximately $186.3 million residential solar loans.

The residential solar loans in the transaction include Sunnova Energy’s
EZ Own and Easy Own loan agreements. All of Sunnova’s residential solar
loans have a 25-year original term. As of the statistical cutoff date,
the average current balance, weighted average remaining term, weighted
average seasoning and weighted average current interest rate of loans in
the initial loan pool is $30,061, 23.8 years (286 months), 14 months and
5.94%, respectively. The average borrower in the statistical pool is a
homeowner with a weighted average original FICO score of 729.

Sunnova Energy Corporation (“Sunnova”, or the “Company”) is a
Houston, TX based independent solar power company that provides low-cost
solar electricity to homeowners. The Company started its operations in
January 2013 and began providing solar energy services under its first
operating PV system in April 2013. As of December 31, 2018, the Company
serves more than 63,000 customers in more than 20 U.S. states and

KBRA applied its Global General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed
Securities and its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as
part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool and
the proposed capital structure. KBRA also conducted an operational
assessment of Sunnova in March 2019, as well as a review of the
transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will
review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction
prior to closing.

To access ratings, reports and disclosures, click here.

Class     Preliminary Rating     Principal Balance
A     A (sf)     $139,692,000
B     BBB (sf)     $14,900,000
C     BB (sf)     $13,038,000

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Melvin Zhou, CFA, Director
(646) 731-2412

Pritam Patel, Senior Analyst
(646) 731-3374

Eric Neglia, Managing Director
(646) 731-2412

Usman Khan, Associate Director
(646) 731-2488

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