CDPQ provides $150M financing to support ContourGlobal’s solar asset acquisition

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CPE Media News – pcJournal (7/12/2018) – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CPDQ) has provided $150 million in debt financing in supporting ContourGlobal Mirror 2 S.à.r.l.’s acquisition of a portfolio of concentrated solar power (CSP) assets in Spain.

In May 2018, ContourGlobal closed the acquisition of Acciona Energía’s 250 MW portfolio of five 50 MW CSP plants in South-West Spain for an enterprise value of €962 million. ContourGlobal said it intends to fund the acquisition through a combination of project financing of approximately €635 million and cash on the balance sheet.

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CDPQ provides CA$150-million in financing to ContourGlobal’s concentrated solar power asset purchase


La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CPDQ”), a leading global institutional investor, today announced that it provided CA$150 million (€100 million) in financing to support the acquisition by ContourGlobal Mirror 2 S.à.r.l. (“ContourGlobal”) of a portfolio of concentrated solar power (“CSP”) assets in Spain.

ContourGlobal is a growth platform for acquiring and developing energy assets with long-term contracts across many geographies. In February 2018, ContourGlobal successfully reached an agreement to acquire the CSP assets from Acciona, a Spanish conglomerate group that develops and manages infrastructure and renewable energy assets. The portfolio consists of five CSP assets in the south-west region of Spain whose operation commencement dates range from 2009 to 2012.

Marc Cormier, Executive Vice-President, Fixed Income at CDPQ, said: “We are pleased to contribute to the global clean energy transition by helping companies like ContourGlobal increase their presence in the renewable energy sector. ContourGlobal’s acquisition added 250MW of solar energy to its portfolio, more than tripling its solar capacity.”

In the last two years, CDPQ participated in several investments related to solar energy. CDPQ provided CA$50.4 million in financing to Sunrun, a leader in the U.S. residential solar industry, and acquired a significant minority stake in Azure, one of India’s largest solar companies. It also announced plans to implement the largest private multi-family residential rooftop solar project at New York City’s Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2017, it held CA$298.5 billion (US$238.2 billion) in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

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