Octopus Renewables is to be acquired by Octopus Energy, making the supplier one of the largest renewable generation operators in Europe.
The green energy investor, which was launched in 2010 and originally called Octopus Investments before its rebrand in 2019, currently has a £3.4 billion portfolio of 300 clean energy assets with a combined capacity of 2.8GW, or 5,042 GWh at maximum capacity. This includes 1,290MW of large-scale solar projects, and an additional 3500 of rooftop solar assets with a capacity of 29MW.
While it sits in the Octopus Group currently, the acqusition will bring it directly into utility Octopus Energy as part of a new arm, Octopus Generation.
Greg Jackson, CEO and founder of Octopus Energy Group, said he thinks the acquisition will be a win-win, adding he’s “absolutely thrilled to join forces with Octopus Renewables, bringing the supply and the generation side of energy together under one roof”.
“This move will allow us to create a business that is unrivalled on the global stage; by combining our tech and consumer-led approach with the fund management expertise of Octopus Renewables, we can change the entire energy lifecycle, make every green electron matter, and deliver the green energy transition faster and cheaper for everyone.”
It follows Octopus Energy’s first move into the generation market when it acquired two wind turbines for its ‘Fan Club’ tariff, which provides customers lower cost energy based on wind speeds.
The energy supplier is planning to match its supply and generation, with enough renewable energy to power over 50 million homes around the world generated by 2027, to match its ambitious customer growth targets.
Octopus Energy Generation will be led by Zoisa North-Bond, who established Octopus Energy for business in 2018. By combining Octopus Renewables’ in-depth investment knowledge, and the energy tech platform Kraken, “I’m convinced that we have what it takes to make this a reality while helping the UK to transform its energy system and build a strong green energy economy,” she added.
The planned acquisition is subject to formal consent and regulatory approval. Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust, a closed end investment company that forms part of the wider Octopus Group, noted that there will be no change to Octopus Renewables’ leadership or people as part of the acquisition, including the Trust’s management.
Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust was launched in 2019, and recently celebrated its successful first year with a gross asset value of £441 million from 24 assets.
Octopus Energy has grown exponentially since it was launched in 2015, recently hitting a $2 billion valuation due to a joint venture with Tokyo Gas that saw it expand into Asia. Additionally it has expanded into Silicon Valley in the US and Germany.