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TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/15/2019
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The Company evaluated the impact of Topic 606 as it relates to the individual sale of RECs. In certain jurisdictions, there may be a lag between physical generation of the underlying energy and the transfer of RECs to the customer due to administrative processes imposed by state regulations. Under the Company’s previous accounting policy, revenue was recognized as the underlying electricity was generated if the sale had been contracted with the customer. Based on the framework in Topic 606, for a portion of the existing individual REC sale arrangements where the transfer of control to the customer is determined to occur upon the transfer of the RECs, the Company now recognizes revenue commensurate with the transfer of RECs to the customer as compared to the generation of the underlying energy under the previous accounting policy. Revenue recognition practices for the remainder of existing individual REC sale arrangements remain the same; that is, revenue is recognized based on the underlying generation of energy because the contracted RECs are produced from a designated facility and control of the RECs transfers to the customer upon generation of the underlying energy. The adoption of Topic 606, as it relates to the individual sale of RECs, resulted in an increase in accumulated deficit on January 1, 2018, of $20.5 million, net of tax, and net of $0.3 million and $4.5 million that was allocated to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests, respectively. The adjustments for accumulated deficit and non-controlling interests are reflected within cumulative-effect adjustment in the consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity for the year ended December 31, 2018, and the redeemable non-controlling interests adjustment is reflected within cumulative-effect adjustment in the redeemable non-controlling interests roll-forward presented in Note 17. Non-controlling Interests.

The Company evaluated the impact of Topic 606 as it relates to the upfront sale of investment tax credits (“ITCs”) through its lease pass-through fund arrangements. The amounts allocated to the ITCs were initially recorded as deferred revenue in the consolidated balance sheets, and subsequently, one-fifth of the amounts allocated to the ITCs was recognized annually as incentives revenue in the consolidated statements of operations based on the anniversary of each solar energy system’s placed-in-service date. The Company concluded that revenue related to the sale of ITCs through its lease pass-through arrangements should be recognized at the point in time when the related solar energy systems are placed in service. Previously, the Company recognized this revenue evenly over the five-year ITC recapture period. The Company concluded that the likelihood of a recapture event related to these assessments is remote. The adoption of Topic 606, as it relates to the upfront sale of ITCs, resulted in a decrease in accumulated deficit on January 1, 2018 of $40.9 million, net of tax, which is reflected within cumulative-effect adjustment in the consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity for the year ended December 31, 2018. The impact on the Company’s results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2018 resulted in a decrease in non-cash deferred revenue recognition of $16.3 million.

PPA Rental Income

The majority of the Company’s energy revenue is derived from long-term PPAs accounted for as operating leases under ASC 840, Leases. Rental income under these leases is recorded as revenue when the electricity is delivered. The Company adopted ASC 842, Leases on January 1, 2019. The Company elected certain of the practical expedients permitted in the issued standard, including the expedient that permits the Company to retain its existing lease assessment and classification.

Commodity Derivatives

The Company has certain revenue contracts within its wind fleet that are accounted for as derivatives under the scope of ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging. Amounts recognized within operating revenues, net in the consolidated statements of operations consist of cash settlements and unrealized gains and losses representing changes in fair value for the commodity derivatives that are not designated as hedging instruments. See Note 12. Derivatives for further discussion.

Solar and Wind PPA Revenue

PPAs that are not accounted for under the scope of leases or derivatives are accounted for under Topic 606. The Company typically delivers bundled goods consisting of energy and incentive products for a singular rate based on a unit of generation at a specified facility over the term of the agreement. In these type of arrangements, volume reflects total energy generation measured in kWhs which can vary period to period depending on system and resource availability. The contract rate per unit of generation (kWhs) is generally fixed at contract inception; however, certain pricing arrangements can provide for time-of-delivery, seasonal or market index adjustment mechanisms over time. The customer is invoiced monthly equal to the volume of energy delivered multiplied by the applicable contract rate.

The Company considers bundled energy and incentive products within PPAs to be distinct performance obligations. A contract’s transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation and recognized as revenue when, or as, the


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