The transaction allows China Three Gorges Europe to enter into Spanish energy market and enhance its presence in Europe


CTGE will acquire a portfolio of 13 solar projects. (Credit: X-ELIO.)

China Three Gorges Europe, a subsidiary of China Three Gorges (CTG) has agreed to acquire a portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects with a combined capacity of over 500MW in Spain.

The company has entered into an agreement with Spanish solar power projects developer X-Elio Energy to acquire the portfolio.

The transaction allows CTGE to enter into Spanish energy market and enhance its presence in Europe. The company has made investments in Portugal, Germany, the UK and Greece.

Under the deal, CTGE will acquire a portfolio of 13 solar projects which were constructed between 2019 and 2020.

X-ELIO CEO Lluis Noguera said: “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with China Three Gorges Europe.

“They are one of the largest operators of power plants in the world. The Spanish Government’s renewable objectives are going to be critical to revitalize the Spanish economy through jobs creation and improvement of the competitiveness of energy costs after the current COVID-19 crisis.

“These policies are clearly increasing the appetite from top tier international power generation investors like CTGE. X-ELIO will continue developing solar projects in Spain like we have been doing for 15 years when we connected our first power plant in Murcia.”

X-ELIO will maintain over 2GW solar projects after completion of the deal

Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the acquisition is estimated to be finalised in the second half of the year.

Upon completion of the transaction, X-Elio will maintain more than 2GW throughout different solar power projects which are currently in various development stages.

Currently, X-ELIO has assets which are operational and/or under construction in US, Mexico, Honduras, Chile, Italy, Japan, Spain and Australia.

In November last year, Chinese solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar supplied 950MW of its ultra-high efficiency Cheetah 72 cells solar modules to X-Elio for different projects across Spain and Mexico.