KKR, a leading global investment firm, has agreed to sell its 50% stake in global renewable developer, X-ELIO, to its joint venture partner, Brookfield Renewable. Following the transaction Brookfield Renewable will own 100% of X-ELIO.
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Madrid, X-ELIO specializes in the development, construction,
financing and operation of solar PV plants, storage and hydrogen projects worldwide. Since KKR’s
original investment in 2015 and Brookfield’s acquisition of a 50% stake in 2019, X-ELIO has benefited
from over $2bn of investment, enabling significant growth in the pipeline and increase in
development pace. X-ELIO has built or developed 3 GW of renewables projects in total across 5
continents since it was founded.
Today, X-ELIO has built a strong presence across the top solar geographies in the world, and is
expected to have 3 GW of assets in operation, under construction or ready-to-build by the end of
2023 across Spain, Italy, the U.S., Australia, Japan and Latin America. In addition, X-ELIO has over 10
GW of advanced near-term pipeline, which combined with extensive in-house expertise in
renewable project development, positions X-ELIO to capture growing global demand for high-quality
solar and storage assets.
Ignacio Paz-Ares, Head of European Renewable Power and Transition Investments at Brookfield
Renewable, said: “X-ELIO is a business we know well following our initial investment and we are
thrilled to continue to support this leading global platform with significant growth ahead. This
transaction is very aligned with Brookfield’s strategy as a leading owner, operator and developer of
renewables worldwide, driven by the incredible tailwinds for this sector.”
Tara Davies, Co-Head of European Infrastructure at KKR, said: “Since KKR’s initial investment eight
years ago, we have helped X-ELIO transform into a global leader in sustainable energy development.
As a firm, we have been a long-term investor behind the energy transition and we are focused on
continuing to identify the right opportunities to support companies with the right resources, and
seeking to play a leading role in this space. I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish
together, and wish X-ELIO continued success on this exciting journey.”
Lluis Noguera, CEO of X-ELIO, stated: “X-ELIO’s journey to become a leading developer with
diversified global presence would not have been possible without our shareholders’ focus on
execution and long-term value creation. Now, with the continued support from Brookfield, we are in
an optimal position to continue growing our solar and storage business while tackling new
opportunities in the energy transition space”.
KKR’s original investment in X-ELIO was made via KKR Global Infrastructure Investor Fund II.
Brookfield Renewable will acquire the remaining stake in X-ELIO as a follow-on investment through
the same flagship infrastructure fund that made the original acquisition.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the second
half of 2023.