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August 17, 2021

Bluefield Solar acquires renewable energy projects in UK

These acquisitions are Bluefield Solar's first investments in wind and battery storage projects.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

UK-based income fund Bluefield Solar has announced its acquisition of a wind portfolio and co-located solar and battery projects.

The wind portfolio comprises 109 small-scale onshore wind turbines and was acquired for a consideration of around £63m ($87.1m), including working capital and transaction fees.

Bluefield Solar said that the portfolio is immediately earnings accretive.

Bluefield Solar’s second acquisition includes the grid connection and associated land area of a fully consented, ready-to-build 45MWp solar asset and co-located 25MWp battery project.

This was acquired for around £5m ($6.9m) from Equans, the renewable energy firm formerly known as Engie Renewables.

The solar and battery storage assets are co-located in north-east Lincolnshire, UK. Construction works on them are expected to begin next year.

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These acquisitions represent Bluefield Solar’s first investments in wind and battery storage projects.

The company has also announced that Yelvertoft, a 50MWp solar project developed through its proprietary pipeline, is set to enter the construction phase next year.

Before recently raising £103m ($142m), Bluefield Solar had drawn £90m ($124m) of its £100m ($138m) short-term revolving credit facility (RCF).

The company used the proceeds from the funding round to completely pay its RCF, which yielded £13m ($17.9m) in available cash resources for the company and an undrawn £100m ($138m) RCF.

Through these acquisitions and development expenditure, the company incurred almost £3m ($4.1m), meaning it has now redrawn around £60m ($82.9m) of its RCF.

Bluefield Solar chairman John Rennocks said: “Following strong support from our shareholders in the recent oversubscribed equity raise, we are delighted to have completed the acquisition of the 109 wind turbines outlined in the company’s recent prospectus, as well as our first co-located solar and energy storage project.

“This is our first investment in energy storage and the Board [of Directors] views this as an attractive source of diversification for our income, with significant future valuation uplift potential from adding solar and storage assets in development.”

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