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Tuesday 04 January, 2022

Foresight Solar Fund

Acquisition of stakes in Australian solar farms

RNS Number : 2405X
Foresight Solar Fund Limited
04 January 2022
 

4 January 2022

 

Foresight Solar Fund Limited

 

(the "Company")

 

Acquisition of remaining 51% stakes in Longreach and Oakey 1 Solar Farms

 

Foresight Solar Fund Limited, a fund investing in a diversified portfolio of ground-based solar PV and battery storage assets in the UK and internationally, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the remaining 51% interests in the Oakey 1 (30 MW) and Longreach (17 MW) solar farms in Queensland, Australia. The Company had acquired a 49% stake in each farm in December 2017 and has acquired the remaining 51% in each from Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ). The total equity consideration for the remaining stakes in the two assets is equivalent to approximately 1% of the fund's latest NAV.

 

Both assets are fully operational and the increase to 100% ownership provides the Company with full management control over future optimisation initiatives.  

 

The assets currently have senior debt facilities in place from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd ("MUFG") and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation ("CEFC"). The senior debt facilities expire in April 2022 and are expected to be refinanced during the first quarter of 2022.

Both Longreach and Oakey 1 benefit from Power Purchase Agreements ("PPAs") for the sale of electricity and Large-scale Generation Certificates ("LGCs") with the Queensland Government. These are under a contract-for-difference structure for a period of 20 years from the date of commissioning, delivering a highly contracted revenue level of operational cash flows.

This acquisition further strengthens the Company's international portfolio, while the highly contracted revenue profile of the assets will increase the predictability of the Company's portfolio cash flow generation in the medium and long-term.

 

For further information, please contact:

Foresight Group

 

Nish Sivarajan

+44 (0)20 3911 2318

([email protected])

 

 

Jefferies International Limited

+44(0)20 7029 8000

Neil Winward

 

Gaudi Le Roux

 

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

+44(0)20 7638 9571

Toby Moore

 

Lucy Eyles

 

Lucy Gibbs

 

 

 

 

 

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