Italy’s Eni Expands Spanish & French Solar Portfolio

Italian Gas Company Eni Expands Solar Portfolio With Over 2.8 GW Acquisition Of Dhamma Energy’s Spanish & French Business; Separately Acquires 1.2 GW Wind & Solar Projects In Spain From Azora Capital

Italy’s Eni Expands Spanish & French Solar Portfolio

Dhamma Energy has sold off its Spanish and French solar business to Eni. Pictured is 12 MW Lanas Solar Park in France that Dhamma Energy acquired from Urbasolar in March 2021. (Photo Credit: Samuel Duplaix/Dhamma Energy)

  • Dhamma Energy has sold off its Spanish and French solar portfolio to Eni gas e luce
  • It expands Eni’s solar power portfolio by over 2.8 GW in the 2 nations, comprising 400 MW at advanced stage of development
  • This deal helps Eni gas e Luce to launch itself in the French renewables market
  • Dhamma Energy plans to focus on its business in Mexico and green hydrogen
  • Eni gas e Luce will also separately acquire 1.2 GW wind and solar projects in Spain from Azora Capital

Eni gas e luce, a fully owned subsidiary of Italy’s oil and gas company Eni, is expanding its renewables portfolio in Europe through acquisitions. It has taken over the Spanish and French solar power portfolio from Spanish solar PV project developer Dhamma Energy. This expansion of its portfolio in these 2 markets comes after it acquired 3 solar power projects with 140 MW combined capacity in Spain from X-Elio, in February 2021 (see Italian Oil Firm To Acquire 140 MW Solar In Spain).

The acquisition from Dhamma Energy expands Eni’s solar portfolio with a pipeline of over 2.8 GW of projects at various stages of development in both Spain and France, including close to 400 MW at an advanced stage of development. The acquisition also comprises over 120 MW of projects either operational or in advanced development. Dhamma Energy’s team in these countries will also join Eni.

This deal helps Eni gas e luce to enter the French renewables market. Eni said this acquisition is part of its plan to expand its renewable energy generation capacity and its integration in the retail activities in the 2 European markets.

Dhamma Energy said it will pursue activities in other markets such as Mexico and green hydrogen business (see 95 GW Solar & 67 GW Electrolysis By 2030).

On the same day, Eni also announced signing an agreement for the acquisition of wind and solar power projects with 1.2 GW combined capacity in Spain, under an agreement with Azora Capital. The portfolio comprises 4 wind farms with a total of 230 MW capacity and 5 large scale solar projects at an advanced stage of development with a combined capacity of 1 GW.

At the same time, Eni said it is working with Azora Capital towards a broader strategic agreement to further scale-up its renewable energy platform in Spain where it operates as Aldro Energia Y Soluciones S.L.

Eni CEO Claudio Sescalzi explained, “This operation allows us to increase our renewable power generation capacity with immediate effect, in compliance with our plan targets, and at the same time to reinforce our growth prospects through a pipeline of solar projects in a strategic market like the Spanish one, where Eni gas e luce is now working on this project with a strong Spanish partner as Azora and is boosting its renewables supply, with the aim of providing even more decarbonized energy to its customer base.”

Eni is making all round efforts to proliferate its renewable energy portfolio in various markets. In March 2021, it launched a joint venture with sovereign wealth fund CDP to build 1 GW wind and solar PV capacity in Italy by 2025 (see New joint Venture For 1 GW Renewable Energy In Italy).

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Anu Bhambhani

Senior News Editor: Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews. Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power.Before joining our team, Anu worked in various positions at publications of the Times Group in New Delhi. As a Principal Correspondent, she conceptualized special features and supplements for both The Times of India and The Economic Times. While Anu delved deep into solar at TaiyangNews, environment topics have been close to her heart before. As Assistant Editor, she was responsible for launching Planet Earth for The Economic Times, a special series on environment. Before joining the Times Group, Anu was a Copy Editor at the Hindustan Times.Anu holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Rajasthan. She also studied at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi on E-Outreach: New Media Technologies for Advocacy and Strategic Communication, Social Media

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