15 May 2017 2017 02:42 PM GMT

Engie Strengthens Solar Presence In China With 30% Equity Investment In UNISUN

ENGIE has signed in Shanghai an Agreement for a 30% equity investment through a capital increase in UNISUN, a solar photovoltaic (PV) company. Since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed around 500 MW PV projects, showing strong technical capacity. During COP21, China pledged to peak its carbon emissions in 2030 or earlier; the country shall subsequently increase the share of non-fossil energy from 13% to 20% in its energy mix by then.

ENGIE, a global energy player with the ambition to be a leader of the energy transition, sees the contribution to Chinese renewable energy development as mutually beneficial; and sees its role in China as supporting the transformation of China into a low-carbon economy. The company is aiming to support UNISUN in the field of photovoltaic business’ development, ownership, operation, as well as smart energy management in China. Forecasting fast growing business, UNISUN is targeting a development of around 4 GW PV projects (cumulated capacity) by 2020 in China.

He Yisha, President of UNISUN, stated: “The investment by the energy giant ENGIE into UNISUN demonstrates that the innovative business model and comprehensive service capacity of UNISUN is highly recognised. ENGIE’s strong support, in terms of experience, technology and resources will lead to a comprehensive upgrading of UNISUN capacity to achieve its vision to be a competent, innovative and integrated energy provider”.

Charlotte Roule, COO of ENGIE China declared: “This investment into UNISUN, which develops both projects of production on wholesale electricity market and projects for BtoB clients, represents for ENGIE the opportunity to step in the world biggest and most promising renewable power market. It demonstrates once again the ambition of ENGIE to be a leader of the energy transition in the world”.

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group formerly known as GDF-Suez provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of over €65 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).

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