South Africa: Anuva Green Energy purchases 23 solar projects (11 MW) from IPP Decentral Energy

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  • Anuva Investments has successfully deployed funds raised via the Anuva Green Energy partnership to conclude the purchase of twenty-three solar projects, equivalent to 11 megawatts of power from residential/commercial IPP, Decentral Energy.

The funds, of which a portion was initially allocated to property investments via Anuva’s property partnership with Flyt Property Investments, have been raised via a tax–leveraged structure and re-allocated to green energy. This, along with additional capital raised has allowed shareholders to benefit from the investment into Decentral’s solar projects and to make use of SARS’s Section 12B tax incentive. Section 12B of the Income Tax Act provides taxpayers with a tax deduction of up to 100% for investment into solar power plants This allowance is to be increased to 125% of expenditure incurred for the 2024 Income Tax year.

Decentral, a solar and clean energy asset management company that owns, manages and leases solar power assets across South Africa, has sold the first round of its solar assets that have either been built, owned and operated by the company or are in its approved pipeline. These grid-tied solar solutions are primarily structured on long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the end-user. The portfolio consists of retail shopping centres, residential estates, and light industrial and commercial users who are contracted to purchase electricity supplied by the solar plant on a monthly basis for terms of up to 20 years. “These systems reduce our customers’ reliance on the electricity grid substantially, allowing users not only to save on electricity costs but also to decrease their carbon footprint by 25 to 40%,” says Christian Bode, Executive Director at Decentral.

The energy security crisis South Africa faces has placed major pressure on the supply chain and skills availability of the independent energy sector. Bode says that suppliers’ order books are booked up until July/August 2023 and the capital injection provided by Anuva Green Energy through the portfolio sale will allow the company to re-invest and proceed with its growth strategy through the undertaking of new projects. Commenting on the significance of the deal, Bode said; “Primarily, our focus will be on energy security and energy storage solutions for the commercial and industrial sector.”

“There is a considerable amount of investment required to overcome and replace Eskom generation feeds,” says Zane De Decker, Chief Investment Officer of Anuva Green Energy, a related company to Anuva Investments, which raised significant funds via Section12 J structures. “Fortunately we picked up on the solar tax incentive via Section 12B when SARS introduced it in 2016, and we already have a number of successful projects under our belt,” he said. The tax-leveraged investment offering has been well received by Anuva’s clients and with the addition of Decentral’s 23 projects, the portfolio holds a total of 55 projects, valued at R325 million. “Having made considerable in-roads into the solar sector, we applied stringent due diligence factors in our selection process.” De Decker said that with Decentral’s track record, quality of their portfolio, geographical diversity and sound off-takers, the investment committee was confident in proceeding.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal



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