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JP Morgan Asset management and Sonnedix form solar JV

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Institutional investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management have joined Sonnedix's management and shareholders in a new 50/50 joint venture platform company, Sonnedix Power Holdings. 

The JV will pursue opportunities in the attractive, rapidly expanding global solar market.

The joint venture platform currently operates 17 power plants with 117MW of installed capacity across France, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Puerto Rico. It also has a portfolio of 18 projects representing over 600MW of projects in pre-construction stages in Japan, Puerto Rico, Chile, UK and South Africa. The joint venture anticipates a total commitment for the operating and development projects of more than EUR300 million.

Matt LeBlanc, CIO of OECD Infrastructure at JP Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets, says: "These are exciting times in the clean energy market and Sonnedix's experienced management team, highly focused on execution and operations, is well positioned to benefit from the confluence of technology improvements, operational efficiencies and economies of scale. This combination results in a lower cost of solar PV, even with the current energy market volatility, and these operating investments are already generating consistent and growing investment yields supported by long-term contracts."

Carlos Guinand, Chairman and Director of Sonnedix, says: "As the global solar power industry experiences exceptional growth rates, we are keen to expand further our footprint across multiple regulatory regimes that are at different phases of renewable integration. Our joint venture with JP Morgan Asset Management's clients will be integral in capturing these opportunities and building our platform."

Pan American Finance, Paul Hastings and Mayer Brown advised Sonnedix in the transaction. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom acted as legal advisor to JP Morgan Asset Management.

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