Foresight Solar Fund looks to raise more than GBP 50 million in new investments



Foresight will raise the funds through an initial placing and offer for subscription, a placing program for up to 250 million new shares and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

The move will increase South African investors ability to hold shares in the fund, as shares will be classified as domestic investment on the JSE, and so avoid South African exchange control regulations.

The fund saw impressive growth in 2016, posting total revenue of GBP 34.2 million (US$ 42.7 million) in its full year financials. Foresight also acquired a 50 MW installation in southern England last month, and made its first move into the Australian market as well.

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The recent drop in the value of the pound, and recovering prices for power in the UK makes it an attractive market for solar investors at the moment. In a press release, Foresight stated that it is currently evaluating a pipeline of 250 MW in already operational solar plants in the country.

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