Dhamma Energy awarded 6.5 MWp in French solar tender

Dhamma Energy awarded 6.5 MWp in French solar tender

Solar energy developer Dhamma Energy, fully owned by Eni, has been awarded two solar pv plants in the latest energy tender in France, the CRE 4.10 auction.

One of the projects is a 1.5 MWp rooftop installation in a parking and the other one is a 5 MWp grounded-mounted solar plant. Both projects are located in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, in Southwestern France.

Construction of the projects is scheduled in 2022.

“Dhamma Energy has been awarded both the two projects that it had submitted to this latest solar tender auction in France. These are excellent news for the team. Dhamma Energy keeps growing in the booming French solar market, with grounded-mounted solar parks and also with rooftop installations,” said Dhamma Energy’s COO France, Sémir Chahed.

Dhamma Energy currently holds 120 MWp of solar plants in operation in France and a solar pipeline under development of almost 3 GWp in France and Spain.

Dhamma Energy was acquired in October 2021 by Eni gas e luce, a fully owned subsidiary of Eni, and is headquartered in Madrid. Eni gas e luce has been active in the retail electricity market since 2012 through Eni Gas & Power France, with 1.3 million customers.

Eni launches a new 87.5 MWp solar park in France

Eni launches a new 87.5 MWp solar park in France

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 19 October 2021 – Today solar energy developer Dhamma Energy, fully owned by Eni, inaugurated the 87.5 MWp Athies-Samoussy solar farm with a ceremony that was attended by representatives of regional, provincial and local institutions.

The five plants composing the Athies-Samoussy complex are now fully operational: this is the largest solar farm in the Hauts-de-France region and one of the ten largest in France. The solar plant will produce 93 GWh per year, which is equivalent to the domestic consumption of 40,000 households. This power plant will help to boost the renewable power generation capacity of Eni in accordance with its growth strategy in the renewables sector and contribute towards its total decarbonisation target of products and processes by 2050.

The solar park covers 100 hectares of the former Laon-Athies NATO Air Base, which abandoned and has now been converted into a sustainability-focused site.

The project has also promoted direct and indirect job creation locally, with a peak of 250 people working on the construction site this year. This project has a strong focus on local development and participation as Dhamma Energy collaborated closely with several local and regional organizations, including farmers’ organizations, for the project. Moreover, in 2020 the project obtained € 2.6 million through local crowdfunding and public investment.

Dhamma Energy was acquired in October 2021 by Eni gas e luce, a fully owned subsidiary of Eni, and is headquartered in Madrid. Dhamma Energy currently holds 120 MWp of solar plants in operation in France and a solar pipeline under development of almost 3 GWp in France and Spain. Eni gas e luce has been active in the retail electricity market since 2012 through Eni Gas & Power France, with 1.3 million customers.

Transfer of Dhamma Energy’s Spanish and French solar business to energy company Eni completed

Transfer of Dhamma Energy’s Spanish and French solar business to energy company Eni completed

Madrid, 7 of October, 2021.- Dhamma Energy’s founders, Mr. Olivier Crambade and Mr. Philippe Esposito, have successfully concluded the transfer of the Spanish and French solar business to Eni gas e luce, a wholly owned company of Eni SpA.

After receiving all required approvals, on Monday October 4th the full acquisition of Dhamma Energy’s Spanish and French activities by Eni company was completed.

The transaction involves the transfer of a platform with 120 MW of operating solar plants and a solar pipeline of almost 3 GW under development in Spain and France, of which 400 MW are in an advanced stage of development. Dhamma Energy’s Madrid and France-based teams have also joined Eni company.

The photovoltaic developer and independent power producer Dhamma Energy was founded in 2008 by Olivier Crambade and Philippe Esposito and has completed to date the development of 650 MW in solar plants in international markets.

“We are very proud to have successfully concluded the transfer of Dhamma’s activities in Spain and France to Eni. Through this transaction, we transfer a robust portfolio of solar assets that we have generated over the last decade in two promising markets for the energy transition. We would like to thank Dhamma’s team for their excellent work. It has been a great experience to lead Dhamma all these years and we are convinced of having positively contributed to the development of the solar energy sector in both markets”, said Olivier Crambade and Philippe Esposito, who will now pursue their activities in other solar utility-scale markets, such as Mexico, and with their green hydrogen business, that they started in the last years, through the company DH2 energy.

Credit of the picture: Samuel Duplaix

Dhamma Energy’s Founders Sell Their Spanish and French Business to Eni Gas e Luce

Dhamma Energy’s Founders Sell Their Spanish and French Business to Eni Gas e Luce

Madrid, July 26, 2021.- Dhamma Energy (“Dhamma”), a leading solar IPP having developed over 650 MW of solar PV projects to date, has signed an agreement with Eni gas e luce, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Milan-listed Eni S.p.A., for the sale of its Spanish and French business.

Founded in 2008 by Mr. Olivier Crambade and Mr. Philippe Esposito, Dhamma owns a portfolio composed of over 120 MW of operational or under construction solar projects in France, and a pipeline of over 2.8 GW across Spain and France, of which approximately 400 MW at an advanced stage of development. Dhamma’s highly skilled team will be integrated into Eni gas e luce, to serve as a platform for further development of Eni gas e luce’s renewable portfolio.

Dhamma’s Founders will pursue their activities in other markets such as Mexico and the green hydrogen business which had already been initiated in the past years.

Eni gas e luce has been present in the retail electricity market since 2003 through Eni Gas & Power France with 1.3 million customers, while in Spain it operates through Aldro Energía y Soluciones S.L., a wholly-owned subsidiary that operates in the energy and gas sales market for household customers as well as small, medium-sized and large enterprises.

Olivier Crambade and Philippe Esposito, Dhamma’s Co-Founders, commented: “The sale to Eni gas e luce is a perfect and natural evolution to support Dhamma’s ambition for the future. In the current environmental, social and political context with a greater than ever focus on decarbonization and sustainability, it is reassuring to see industry leading companies like Eni fully embracing the energy transition. With this transaction, we are proud to contribute to Eni gas e luce’s renewable energy ambitions. Eni gas e luce’s support, together with Dhamma’s strong track record and significant experience in developing utility-scale solar PV projects, will undoubtedly enable to further accelerate growth in Spain and France”.

Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, commented: “This transaction will help to boost our renewable power generation capacity in accordance with our growth strategy by continuing to expand in Spain and especially by launching our presence in the renewables sector in France, where Eni gas e luce already has a solid presence and a significant customer base. For Eni gas e luce, France and Spain are pivotal markets in which the company will increasingly enhance its value through the integration between retail and renewables”.

The transaction is subject to customary approvals.

For this transaction, Dhamma was supported by Nomura Greentech as exclusive financial advisor, and by Fieldfisher and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados as legal advisors.

Credit of the picture: Dhamma Energy/ Sylvain Prémont

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