sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, announced today the purchase from FLS Energy, a full service solar energy provider, equity interest in three separate solar portfolios in North Carolina. The fixed tilt ground mount facilities, 16 in total, achieved commercial operation in 2013 and 2014.
“A key tenet in sPower’s management philosophy is seeking out partners and projects that drive growth in the solar industry” sPower CEO, Ryan Creamer, commented. “FLS Energy is clearly amongst the most knowledgeable and successful solar energy companies on the east coast. We look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship.”
The portfolio, named sPower FLS North Carolina Solar 1, has 15-year PPAs with Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress. CohnReznick Capital Markets advised on the project. Stoel Rives LLP, a business law firm known for its leadership in corporate, energy, environmental, land use and project development law, assisted sPower with the negotiation and documentation of the acquisition.
“FLS is pleased with the sale of the equity interest in these assets based on sPower’s proven abilities as a quality independent power provider and leader in the solar industry”, said Dale Freudenberger, CEO of FLS Energy. “This investment will further enhance FLS Energy’s ability to develop our pipeline and continue to create high paying, permanent North Carolina clean energy jobs. We expect additional strategic opportunities for our organizations to work together in the near future.”About sPower: sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.5 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.
About FLS Energy: FLS Energy is a full service solar energy provider that owns and operates a portfolio of solar energy assets throughout the U.S. The FLS development team takes projects from conception to commissioning and offers complete in-house system design, engineering, construction, financing and turnkey project development. FLS Energy’s mission is to make solar mainstream. FLS is committed to building a scalable and sustainable business model that values the contributions of each of its employees while remaining good stewards of the world. www.flsenergy.com