Published On: 4 August 2021
• AC Energy subsidiary to enter a joint venture with NEFIN to develop, construct, and operate rooftop solar projects across Asia
• Primary infusion of US$ 10 million investment, with commitment of further funding for pipeline projects
• Geographies covered include Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan, with potential expansion to other Australasian countries
Hong Kong, 4 August 2021 – AC Energy Corporation (ACEN), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, AC Renewables International (ACRI), has obtained board approval* to enter into a joint venture with NEFIN Holding Limited (NEFIN), a leading solar photovoltaic developer and investor in carbon neutrality solutions. ACEN and NEFIN will establish a 50/50 joint venture holding company that will develop, construct, and operate rooftop solar projects across Asia.
The joint venture will own 21 MW of operating assets and has a robust near-term project pipeline. NEFIN, as an expert in rooftop solar PV system engineering and management, has collectively delivered over 300 MW of utility-scale, commercial, and industrial solar PV systems for itself and its clients. Philippine-based power company, ACEN, has one of the highest renewables share capacities in Southeast Asia after pivoting to a lower carbon portfolio by developing more renewable energy projects, and a planned divestment of coal assets. ACEN’s aspiration is to be the largest listed renewables platform in Southeast Asia, and the company is on track to achieve its goal of reaching 5,000 MW of renewables capacity by 2025. The partnership between ACEN and NEFIN is a natural fit, with both businesses anchored on sustainability and with growing renewable energy capacity.
ACRI’s investment into the joint venture vehicle will be via a primary infusion of an initial US$ 10 million of fresh funds which will be used to construct near-term projects over the coming years. ACRI will also commit to further expand its funding for the development and construction of the rest of the joint venture’s carbon neutrality pipeline.
“We expect distributed power generation to be an increasingly important pillar of the global energy transition,” said Patrice Clausse, Director of ACRI and COO of ACEN. “We are delighted to announce our partnership with NEFIN in what will be AC Energy’s first foray into rooftop solar projects as we look forward to roll out more projects throughout the region.”
Glenn Lim, CEO and co-founder of NEFIN, adds, “It is our pleasure to partner with ACEN, who shares the same vision with NEFIN. In the coming future, we will strive to achieve carbon neutrality with more global business partners using innovative methods to play our part to achieve a green recovery for a sustainable world together.”
ACEN, together with NEFIN, has a strong commitment towards sustainability which is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Guided by ACEN’s Environmental & Social (E&S) policy on having a low carbon portfolio by 2030, protecting the environment and investing in communities, and NEFIN’s emphasis on ESG principles in investments, the joint venture plans to invest in socially responsible and commercially viable projects through innovative technological approaches that assist corporations to achieve a green recovery as economies pick up after the pandemic.
DBS Bank Ltd. is the sole financial advisor for NEFIN for this transaction.
* Subject to long form definitive documentation
About NEFIN Group
NEFIN Group is a regional renowned carbon neutrality solutions provider and investor with a bespoke unified energy management platform committed to achieve carbon neutrality for organizations. Founded by a core management team of DuPont Solar Business, the management team has grown into a well-rounded team of engineers, legal experts, investment bankers and techno-commercial experts with the combined experience of over 40+ years of project development in Asia and 50+ years of engineering experience. NEFIN Group has collectively delivered over 300MW of utility-scale, commercial, and industrial rooftop solar systems regionally. As a strong cohesive team, NEFIN Group is able to offer a comprehensive 360 degree assessment and full-suite of services on socially responsible and commercially viable projects through innovative approaches to technology under its unified energy management platform. NEFIN believes the future of the world is everyone’s responsibility and strives to redefine energy boundaries towards a sustainable future. Please refer to NEFIN’s website www.nefinco.com for more information.
About AC Energy
AC Energy Corporation (PSE: ACEN) is the listed energy platform of the Ayala Group. The company has ~1,200 MW of attributable capacity in the Philippines. This is expected to increase with completion of the infusion of AC Energy International, which has ~1,400 MW of attributable capacity. AC Energy’s aspiration is to be the largest listed renewables platform in Southeast Asia, with a goal of reaching 5,000 MW of renewables capacity by 2025. www.acenergy.com.ph
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