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Energize Large investment in SA's renewable energy sector
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Large investment in SA’s renewable energy sector

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Mulilo Energy Holdings has announced the acquisition by STANLIB’s Infrastructure Investments unit of a 10% equity stake, in the R1,8-billion privately-owned renewable energy developer. This acquisition demonstrates the investment house’s confidence in South Africa’s renewable energy sector.

Longyuan Mulilo De Aar wind energy facility

This transaction is strategic and complementary to both Mulilo and STANLIB.  It provides Mulilo with a robust financial partner that has an appetite to invest in new developments and planned growth.  Similarly, it offers STANLIB access to a leading South African renewable energy platform with a strong development pipeline, of close to 3 GW of large-scale wind and solar PV projects.

The parties have announced their intention to participate in the strategic infrastructure 2 GW Risk Mitigation Power Procurement Programme, as well the future Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P) Round 5 and further bidding rounds.

Additionally, Mulilo is involved in several projects that provide clean energy to large industrial and commercial energy users, across the country.

The renewable energy market in South Africa is set to exponentially grow over the next decade in line with the gazetted 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which outlines increased allocations for both wind and solar PV power, up to 2030.

Furthermore, with the expected decommissioning of over 24 GW of coal power plants, in the period beyond 2030 to 2050, the country’s IRP has further opened up opportunities for the renewable energy sector to support the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Mulilo is one of South Africa’s largest renewables groups with a combined operational capacity of close to 500 MW of solar PV and wind projects. It has a development pipeline of renewable energy projects of 3 GW in South Africa and regularly participates in opportunities on the rest of the African continent. Part of the company’s growth strategy is to actively pursue the acquisition of equity stakes, in operating renewable energy projects.

STANLIB Infrastructure Investments manages a number of infrastructure funds and recently announced the successful close of its second fund, STANLIB Infrastructure Fund II, attracting over R4,5-billion of new committed capital. The Fund is managed by an experienced investment team and targets equity and quasi-equity investments in infrastructure projects, with a primary focus on renewable energy investments in South Africa.

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