39A-195  Project agreement.  No special purpose revenue bonds shall be issued unless at the time of issuance the department shall have already entered into a project agreement with respect to the project for the financing of which the bonds are to be issued.  Any project agreement entered into by the department shall contain provisions unconditionally obligating the project party:

     (1)  To pay to the department during the period or term of the project agreement, exclusive of any renewal or extension thereof and whether or not the project is used or occupied by the project party, the sum or sums, at the time or times, and in the amount or amounts that shall be sufficient:

          (A)  To pay the principal and interest on all special purpose revenue bonds issued to finance the project as the bonds become due, including any premium payable upon any required redemption of the bonds;

          (B)  To establish or maintain a reserve, if any, as may be required by the instrument authorizing or securing the special purpose revenue bonds;

          (C)  To pay all fees and expenses (including the fees and expenses of the paying agents and trustees) assessed in connection with the special purpose revenue bonds; and

          (D)  To pay the fees, costs, and expenses (direct or indirect) assessed by the department in administering the bonds or in carrying out the project agreement, as determined by the department; and

     (2)  To operate, maintain, and repair the project as long as it is used in the business of local furnishing of electric energy or gas, or in the business of providing telecommunications service, and to pay all costs of the operation, maintenance, and repair.

Moneys received by the department pursuant to paragraph (1)(D) shall not be, nor be deemed to be, revenues of the project and shall be paid into the general fund of the State.