Brookfield Renewable closed its acquisition of Standard Solar this week, a deal for consideration of $540 million with the potential to invest an additional $160 million to support the business’ growth initiatives ($140 million in total net to BEP).
Standard Solar will continue to operate as independent businesses within the Brookfield Renewable U.S. platform, according the company.
“Through this acquisition, which provides additional large-scale access to capital, Standard Solar is poised for massive growth, enabling us to contribute in an even more significant way to the clean energy transition,” said Scott Wiater, President & CEO of Standard Solar.
Standard Solar is one of the top owner / operators of commercial and community distributed solar, with end-to-end development capabilities and a strong track record of delivering high-quality assets. Standard Solar has approximately 500 MW of operating and under construction contracted assets and a robust development pipeline of almost 2,000 MW and a strong team to execute on significant growth opportunities across several high value solar markets in the U.S., such as New York, Maryland, Minnesota and Maine.
Brookfield Renewable also agreed to acquire Scout Clean Energy for $1 billion. Scout’s portfolio includes over 1,200 MW of operating wind assets, including 400 MW managed on behalf of third parties, and a pipeline of over 22,000 MW of wind, solar and storage projects across 24 states, including almost 2,500 MW of under construction and advanced-stage projects.
“We underwrote both transactions without the benefit of the Inflation Reduction Act so the additional incentives now available represent a significant boost to each business,” says Connor Teskey, CEO of Brookfield Renewable. “Our development pipeline in the United States is now close to 60,000 MW and is well diversified across wind, utility-scale solar, distributed generation, and energy storage. Combined with our existing fleet we are well positioned for continued growth as owners and operators of one of the largest diversified clean power businesses in the country.”
The Scout and Standard Solar acquisitions follow a string of recent clean energy investments by Brookfield Renewable in North America during 2022, including:
- Urban Grid: $650 million acquisition of a leading solar and battery storage developer with a high quality development pipeline of 20,000 MW of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects across key markets in the U.S. including the mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeast.
- Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Exclusive right to invest up to $750 million on a project by project basis into Entropy Inc. and a joint venture with California Resource Corporation, two leading carbon capture and sequestration platforms in Alberta and California, respectively.
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