In October 2016, SunEdison sold to the Company 11.0% of the equity interests in the Millenium solar power plant in India for cash consideration of approximately $1.0 million. In addition, SunEdison transferred to the Company the balance of 51.0% of the equity interests in the Focal solar power plant in India following the expiration of the equity lock-up period in the applicable PPAs, at which time the Company was required to make a cash payment of $0.5 million to the original project developer, a third party. Consideration for the transfer of the balance of 51.0% of the equity interests in the Focal power plant was received by SunEdison in the form of shares of the Company's Class B common stock that were issued to SunEdison at the time of the Company's IPO, and there was no further payment made by the Company to SunEdison at the time of the transfer.
In October 2016, the Company also entered into arrangements with SunEdison for the transfer of the balance of the equity interests in the Millenium, Azure, ESP Urja and SE 25 solar power plants in India, in each case following the expiration of the equity lock-up period in the applicable PPAs (ranging from November 2016 to March 2017) and without further action by SunEdison. Consideration for the transfer of the balance of the equity interests in these power plants was received by SunEdison in the form of shares of the Company’s Class B common stock that were issued to SunEdison at the time of the Company's IPO, and there was no further payment made by the Company to SunEdison at the time of the transfers. In accordance with these arrangements, in November and December 2016, the balance of 26.0% of the equity interests in Azure and ESP Urja, respectively, was transferred to the Company, in January 2017 the balance of 26% of the equity interests in Millenium was transferred to the Company, and in March 2017 100% of the equity interests in SE 25 were transferred to the Company.
Acquisition of Renova - Bahia/Salvador
In July 2015, the Company entered into agreements with Renova Energia, S.A. (“Renova”) to acquire two wind power plants and one hydro-electric power plant in Brazil that have an aggregate net capacity of approximately 336.2 MW (the “Renova Transaction”). On September 18, 2015, the Company completed the acquisition of Salvador and Bahia, two wind power plants that represent 306.7 MW of aggregate net capacity. At the time, the consideration paid for the Salvador and Bahia wind power plants was $321.3 million, comprised of $117.3 million in cash, 20,327,499 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock valued at $183.6 million based on the value on September 18, 2015 of $9.03 per share and a put/call arrangement contributed by SunEdison with a fair value of $20.4 million.
In connection with the closing of the Salvador and Bahia acquisitions on September 18, 2015, the Company entered into an omnibus closing agreement (the “Omnibus Agreement”) with Global LLC, SunEdison, certain of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries, and Renova, pursuant to which, among other things, the Company accepted certain financing liens on certain bank accounts related to the Bahia and Salvador power plants (the “Renova Liens”). In exchange for its acceptance of the Renova Liens, Renova granted to Global LLC a security interest in certain shares of the Company’s Class A common stock received by Renova in connection with the Renova Transaction and an agreement to place $5.0 million of the purchase price for the Bahia wind power plant and certain future dividends payable to Renova into an escrow account as security for Renova’s performance of its obligations to release the Renova Liens, which is held in restricted cash on the Company's consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015. On January 27, 2016, Renova released the liens related to the Bahia and Salvador wind power plants. Therefore, in March 2016 and pursuant to the terms of the Omnibus Agreement, the cash held in escrow was released to Renova, and Global LLC terminated its security interest in the 19,221,671 shares of the Company’s Class A common stock owned by Renova.
After the closing of the Bahia and Salvador acquisitions, the various project companies repaid their outstanding project level indebtedness in full on September 30, 2015. Although the repayment of this indebtedness resulted in the termination of all guarantees and restrictions arising under the financing agreements, as of December 31, 2015 the project lender had not provided a release letter to the escrow agent under the financing agreements, and as a result approximately $49.2 million in funds of the Bahia and Salvador project companies continued to be held in restricted cash on the Company's consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2015. On March 31, 2016, the project lender provided the release letter to the escrow agent, thereby lifting any and all restrictions on usage of funds in the previously restricted accounts.
As further described in Note 18 - Commitments and Contingencies, on July 14, 2016, Renova filed a request for arbitration to bring certain claims against the Company related to the Renova Transaction including, but not limited to, claims that the Company was liable to satisfy SunEdison’s obligations under a put/call arrangement entered into between SunEdison and Renova in connection with the Renova Transaction, and claims for common law fraud and securities fraud in connection with the Salvador and Bahia transactions. On May 26, 2017, TerraForm Global, Inc., TerraForm Global, LLC, TerraForm Global Brazil Holding B.V. and TERP GLBL Brasil I Participacoes Ltda. entered into a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release (the “Renova Settlement Agreement”) with Renova. The Renova Settlement Agreement resolves all disputes among the Company and Renova that are the subject of the ongoing arbitration proceeding.