Opdenergy has reached an agreement to sell 20 solar projects in Spain with a total capacity of 1,044 MW to Bruc Energy.
As part of this transaction, Opdenergy will continue to develop the projects until all of them reach Ready to Build (RtB) phase, which is expected to take place in a staggered manner during the second half of 2022. The solar plants included in the transaction are located in the provinces of Cádiz, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Burgos, Teruel, Seville and Soria.
The sale of these assets will provide Opdenergy with the necessary funds to develop its backlog pipeline, which comprises 942MW in Spain and USA. With a total capacity in generation by the end of 2021 of 585 MW in Spain, Mexico, Italy and Chile, plus the development of these backlog assets, Opdenergy will accumulate a total capacity of more than 1,500 MW in operation and construction during the first half of 2022.
With this purchase, Bruc Energy exceeds 5,000 MW in operation, construction, and development. The presence of OPTrust and USS funds in its shareholding structure ensures the financing of the projects.
Besides the sale of these 1,044 MW and the over 1,500 MW that Opdenergy will have in operation and under construction by the first half of 2022, Opdenergy has more than 6,000 MW of projects at different development stages, which highlight the quality and credibility of the company's pipeline. These include ca. 1,900 MW of plants at an advanced stage of development and a further 4,000 MW of identified projects in Spain, Italy, the US, Chile and the UK, among others.
This transaction substantially strengthens the company's capital structure and will enable the execution of its business plan, as well as significantly increase the expected EBITDA for 2022, year in which the transfer of the assets to Bruc Energy will be executed.
This operation, together with other recently announced transactions, including the signing of a PPA with a German utility for 362 MW, the 253 MW of PPAs signed in the US, as well as the mandate signed with BBVA to secure financing of up to 500 million euros, including project finance debt and the relevant guarantees, provide Opdenergy with enough capacity to build the projects in its backlog category and reach more than 1,500 MW in operation and under construction by the end of the first half of 2022. On the other hand, the company continues to execute its business plan with the objective of becoming a large-scale IPP in Europe and the Americas. Furthermore, the sale of these assets to Bruc Energy does not imply that, in the future, and if the market conditions are favorable, the company may initiate a new feasibility study to assess the possibility of resuming a potential IPO to obtain additional funds to continue financing its growth.
Luis Cid, CEO of Opdenergy, said: "We thank Bruc Energy for the trust placed in Opdenergy. We have once again demonstrated our ability to negotiate financing alternatives for our business model and the quality of our project portfolio. This agreement is a very important milestone for us and our company, as it will allow us to continue developing new clean energy projects and to continue executing our business plan."
Juan Béjar, President of Bruc Energy, states: "With a portfolio of assets totaling more than 5,000 MW, Bruc Energy has positioned itself as one of the most relevant and dynamic players in the green energy sector in the Iberian Peninsula." And he adds: "The agreement with Opdenergy demonstrates our capacity to generate value in the process of decarbonization of the economy and to take advantage of the acceleration in the substitution of fossil energies that the fight against climate change requires."