Jan 17, 2023
Iberdrola has signed an alliance with Norway's sovereign wealth fund, managed by Norges Bank Investment Management, to invest in 1,265 MW of new renewables capacity in Spain. Of the total capacity, 20% will come from wind and 80% from solar PV. Iberdrola will have a majority stake of 51% in the assets.
Both companies are joining forces to accelerate decarbonization in Spain initially and the agreement could be extended to other countries in the future.
According to the terms of the agreement, the valuation of 100% of the assets in the portfolio amounts to approximately €1.2 billion. Iberdrola will control and manage the assets, providing operations and maintenance services, as well as other corporate services.
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Of the 1.265 MW total capacity, currently 137 MW are operational in Castilla-La Mancha and Aragón. The rest of the projects are in development in Andalusia (358 MW), Extremadura (343 MW), Aragón (175 MW), Castilla y León (102 MW), Madrid (55 MW), Murcia (50 MW) and Castilla La Marcha (45 MW). In total, the renewable energy portfolio will have the capacity to meet the electricity demands of more than 700,000 homes each year.
The perfect partner to co-invest
Norges Bank Investment Management, who manages Norway's sovereign wealth fund, has around €1.4 trillion of assets under management and is the largest single investor in global equities, with and stakes in more than 9,000 companies. It owns on average 1.4% of all listed companies in the world, and 2.5% of all listed companies in Europe.
Norges Bank Investment Management is also one of Iberdrola´s main shareholders, retaining a stake of more than 3% for over seven years. Building on this longstanding relationship, Norges Bank Investment Management has taken the decision to make its first direct investment in renewables assets in Spain, forming an alliance with the leading European electricity company by capitalization.
The alliance between Iberdrola and Norges Bank Investment Management joins two preferred partners in a relationship that could be extended to additional renewable energy opportunities in further markets.
Partnerships to grow
In the last three years, Iberdrola has signed several long-term alliances to promote the decarbonization of the economy: