Shell acquires 49% stake in Singapore’s Cleantech Solar

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Underlining its latest strategic vision, released this March, and which envisages a central role for solar, Shell has made another clean energy investment.

This time, Cleantech Solar is the recipient, with the oil major reportedly signing an agreement for a 49% stake of its operations.

In a statement released, the Singapore company says there is an option to increase this after 2021. While the financial details were not disclosed, it did say that the deal is set to be sealed in January.

“This investment will be Shell’s second major solar investment this year, giving Shell an immediate path to an established commercial and industrial platform in Southeast Asia and India,” said Cleantech Solar.

It adds that it will continue to operate as usual.

“Asia is a significant commercial and industrial solar generation market for Shell and we are proud to work with Cleantech Solar as a leading solar company in the region,“ added Marc van Gerven, Shell Vice President of solar and storage.

Cleantech Solar is not Shell’s first solar investment in Singapore. Indeed, last August, it announced its intentions to invest in Suneap.

More globally, it acquired a 44% stake in U.S.-based Silicon Ranch at the start of this year, and took over U.K. energy firm, First Utility at the end of last. Meanwhile, this May, it led a funding round which raised €60 million of capital for sonnen GmbH, from a group of investors. It is also now an active investor in the Germany-based battery manufacturer.

Shell is also active in the private PPA sector. Most recently, it signed a five-year PPA with Octopus Energy to procure the generated electricity from 10 unsubsidized solar projects in Italy.