Hudson Clean Energy and Sky Solar Expand Development Partnership to North America
--Companies continue successful collaboration with acquisition of 22 MW portfolio--
TEANECK, N.J. – September 12, 2016 - Hudson Clean Energy Partners (“Hudson”), a leading private equity firm specializing in renewable energy, and Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SKYS) (“Sky Solar” or the “Company”), a global developer, owner, and operator of solar parks, announced a new solar project partnership to acquire, construct, and own utility scale and commercial and industrial projects in the U.S.. This expansion of the organization’s 2015 collaboration in Latin America will make use of the existing capital commitment of up to $100 million from Hudson.
The first asset in the joint venture is a 22 MW, 23-project portfolio of operating commercial and small utility-scale solar PV projects that sell power to businesses, municipalities and utilities located in California and Massachusetts. The majority of these projects, came online in 2012 and have remaining PPA terms on average of more than 15 years. Hudson and Sky Solar are also partnering to construct and jointly own 82MW of utility solar projects in Uruguay, which are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017.
“Extending our reach into the North American market is a logical next step for our organizations as we seek to build a stable portfolio of renewable projects in key markets around the world,” said Neil Z. Auerbach, founder and managing partner of Hudson. “We will continue to pursue attractive investments in lucrative regions and anticipate a fruitful, long-term collaboration with Sky Solar.”
“Our strategic partnership with Hudson will only grow stronger as we continue our expansion into theNorth American market,” said Sanjay Shrestha, chief investment officer of Sky Solar and president of Sky Capital Americas. “We look forward to building on our success and expanding access to renewable energy across the globe.”
About Hudson Clean Energy Partners
Hudson Clean Energy is a private equity and infrastructure firm dedicated exclusively to investing in renewable power and clean energy. The New Jersey-based firm was founded in 2007, and makes privately negotiated investments in infrastructure platforms, focused on the development, construction and operation of power plants, direct investments in power projects, as well as investments in the high-growth, asset-based, capital intensive segments of value chain companies that have manufacturing or servicing business. Hudson’s investment expertise spans across a variety of subsectors within the renewable energy industry including, solar and wind energy, biofuels, biomass, geothermal energy, energy efficiency and storage.
About Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd.
Sky Solar is a global independent power producer (“IPP”) that develops, owns and operates solar parks and generates revenue primarily by selling electricity. Since its inception, Sky Solar has focused on the downstream solar market and has developed projects in Asia, South America, Europe, North America and Africa. The Company's broad geographic reach and established presence across key solar markets are significant differentiators that provide global opportunities and mitigate country-specific risks. Sky Solar aims to establish operations in select geographies with highly attractive solar radiation, regulatory environments, power pricing, land availability, financial access and overall power market trends. As a result of its focus on the downstream photovoltaic segment, Sky Solar is technology agnostic and is able to customize its solar parks based on local environmental and regulatory requirements. As of June 30, 2016, the Company had developed 276 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 259.1 MW and owned and operated 133.1 MW of solar parks.
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