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Canadian Solar’s developer arm gets US$500 million from Blackrock as it shifts to owner-operator model

By Will Norman
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Recurrent Energy, the solar project development subsidiary of global solar manufacturer Canadian Solar, has secured a US$500 million equity investment from Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager.

Upon completion of the investment – which came from Blackrock’s Climate Infrastructure business – Blackrock will take a 20% minority ownership stake in Recurrent Energy through outstanding fully diluted shares. Canadian Solar will retain the remaining majority stake.

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In its announcement, Recurrent Energy said that the investment will enable it to begin a shift from being solely a project developer to a developer-cum-owner and operator in select markets “including the US and Europe”. This shift, it said, would create a more diversified portfolio and more stable long-term revenue in “low-risk currencies”.

It also said that the money would support the growth of its project development pipeline, which it said stood at 26GW of solar and 55GWh of energy storage capacity – of which 13GW and 12GWh respectively have interconnections – as of September 2023.

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