Engie Sells 49% Share in its 2.3 GW US Renewables Portfolio

Engie has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell 49 percent equity interest in a 2.3 GW US renewables portfolio to Hannon Armstrong

Engie 2.3 GW Renewables Portfolio

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Engie has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell 49 percent equity interest in a 2.3 GW US renewables portfolio to Hannon Armstrong, a leading investor in climate change solutions. The renewable energy developer and operator will retain the controlling share in the portfolio and continue to manage the assets. 

On commissioning, this 2.3 gigawatts (GW) portfolio that comprises 1.8 GW of onshore wind and 0.5 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, will represent a major milestone in achieving Engie’s goal of commissioning 9 GW additional renewable capacity by 2021.

“The US is a key growth market for our renewables business, where we have a strong pipeline of opportunities and a solid development and operational platform to grow from. We are delighted to have partnered with Hannon Armstrong, a company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions,” said Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice-President responsible for Engie Renewables business line and CEO of Engie North America.

Under the agreement, Hannon Armstrong will take immediate ownership of 49 percent of 663 megawatts (MW) of commissioned wind projects. The remaining 1.6 GW of projects, currently under construction, will be transferred into the partnership upon commissioning. In line with its majority ownership, Engie will continue to consolidate the projects in its accounts.

“We have a shared mission to accelerate to the rapid adoption of climate change solutions, and we are pleased to partner with ENGIE once again to that end. This investment adds significant scale and diversity to our portfolio,” said Hannon Armstrong Chairman and CEO Jeffrey W. Eckel.

In April 2020, Engie secured USD 1.6 billion tax equity commitments, bringing the total tax equity commitments for the portfolio to almost USD 2 billion. “The size of the portfolio and the magnitude of its tax equity financing – the largest ever in the US – demonstrates ENGIE’s successful development in this market. Tax equity financing is the traditional structure used in the United States to support the development of renewable projects,” the firm issued in a statement.

The portfolio comprises 13 projects (9 onshore wind projects and 4 solar), located in key markets in the United States, including the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), PJM Interconnection (PJM), the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and PJM Interconnection (PJM).

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.