Portugal’s Galp Acquires 2.9 GW Solar Portfolio From ACS in Spain

Galp Energia has reached an agreement with the ACS Group for the acquisition of projects for the generation of solar energy in Spain

Galp Solar ACS Spain

Galp Energia, a Portuguese corporation which consists of more than 100 companies engaged in activities such as natural gas supply, transport, storage, etc has announced that it has reached an agreement with the ACS Group for the acquisition of projects for the generation of solar energy in Spain, thus becoming the main solar power producer in the Iberian Peninsula.

Assets include solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants under operation with an installed capacity of 900 MW. It also comprises projects underway or in the licensing stage to bring the total installed generating capacity to 2.9 GW by 2023, enough to supply the average consumption of 1.8 million households. They will also contribute to avoiding the emission of an equivalent 87 million tons of CO2.

“This is a major step in our commitment to move towards a low-carbon economy. This transaction underpins Galp’s standing as an integrated energy company, bolstering a competitive portfolio of renewables and new businesses as set forth in our strategic guidelines” highlights Carlos Gomes da Silva, Galp’s CEO. 

The transaction, which includes the acquisition, development, and construction of the projects, has a total value of EUR 2.2 billion by 2023. Galp aims to finance additional developments in the 2020-23 period through project finance and will look for possible partnership opportunities in the renewables sector.

The deal should be closed in the second quarter of 2020, subject to certain usual conditions. At that time, Galp is expected to make a payment of EUR 450 million and to assume liabilities amounting to EUR 430 million from the project finance for solar plants under operation.

“This acquisition allows the integration and development in partnership with a worldwide leader in project implementation of a state-of-the-art solar power portfolio that will speed-up our growth in the renewables sector and new business models,” said Susana Quintana-Plaza, Galp’s board member in charge of this business unit.

The firm announced that the transaction is in line with its strategic goal to allocate about 40 percent of its investment to business opportunities related to the energy transition. The company’s average annual net investment by 2022 remains within the committed range of between EUR 1 billion and EUR 1.2 billion per year.

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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.