Globeleq Set to Acquire Brookfield’s Renewable Assets in South Africa

These include six renewable projects totaling 178 MW


Globeleq, an independent power producer and developer in Africa, is set to acquire Brookfield Asset Management’s interests in its South African renewable energy portfolio.

The agreement is subject to various closing conditions and once fulfilled, will give Globeleq a majority shareholding in six renewable projects totaling 178 MW, as well as ownership in Brookfield’s South African asset management company.

The assets include five solar projects: Aries (11 MW), Boshoff (66 MW); Konkoonsies (11 MW); Soutpan (31 MW), and Witkop (33 MW) and the Klipheuwel wind farm (27 MW).  The six projects were part of rounds 1 and 2 of the South African Government’s renewable energy program and reached commercial operations in 2014.

All projects have a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eskom.

The addition of the Brookfield assets fully complements its existing power plants in South Africa where it owns, operates and manages 238 MW of solar and wind projects and sets the stage for Globeleq to continue to expand its renewable energy portfolio throughout the continent.

Paul Hanrahan, Globeleq’s CEO said in a media release, “Our team is working hard to complete this very exciting transaction.  The expertise of our South African team will be able to enhance these assets by driving operational improvements and improve the existing social and economic development programs.”

Recently, Mercom reported that CDC, a development finance institution of the UK government, has partnered with Globeleq, to provide $66 million debt financing to Malindi Solar Group.

The financing will be utilized for the development of a 52 MW solar photovoltaic power project in South-East Kenya.