NextEnergy Solar Fund acquires Ellough solar PV plant

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NextEnergy Solar Fund acquires Ellough solar PV plant

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited (NESF) has signed the purchase agreement to acquire a special purpose vehicle (SPV) owning the 14.9 MW Ellough solar power plant located in Suffolk, UK.

The plant was commissioned in March 2014 and has been in operation since then. All accrued revenues will be retained by NESF. NESF is acquiring Ellough assuming that it will be accredited under the 1.4 Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime. NESF has acquired the SPV for a total consideration of up to £18.0 million (US$30.5 million).

The plant was identified in NESF's Prospectus as a 'core shortlist' asset, and will be acquired on a full-equity basis. The capital committed to the acquisition at 1.4 ROCs amounts to c. 21% of proceeds raised in NESF's IPO.

In the event the plant is accredited under the 1.6 ROC regime, NESF will pay the seller an additional consideration, structured such that NESF's financial project returns remain unchanged. In that event, the total acquisition value will amount to £19.4 million. The final accreditation ruling is expected in August.

Commenting on the acquisition, Kevin Lyon, Chairman of NESF, stated:

With the acquisition of Ellough, NESF has achieved a significant milestone in the deployment of our capital. We now have approximately three quarters of our IPO proceeds committed to a diversified portfolio of solar power projects. The majority of capital deployed has been committed to operating plants.

We have achieved this milestone in less than three months from our IPO, demonstrating the team's transaction execution abilities. I expect further acquisitions to be announced shortly allowing us to deploy substantially all of the capital raised to date.

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