Solarpack scores revenue boost as roll-out continues in Spain, Chile

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Solarpack has witnessed gains across several financial indicators so far this year, after progress across various construction contracts in Europe and South America.

Earlier this week, the Spain-headquartered EPC specialist posted revenues of €27.1 million (around US$30 million) for the first half of 2019, a 112% hike on the same period last year.

Solarpack's H1 2019 boost extended to EBITDA records of €9.8 million (US$10.7 million), an increase on the €7.3 million (US$8 million) the firm had reported for H1 2018.

The company noted a squeeze of net profit margins between H1 2018 (2.9%) and H1 2019 (0.6%), which it linked to the fact that some of its build-and-sell moves were not reflected in the accounts.

Nine months to deliver subsidy-free plant in Spain

The rise in revenues and EBITDA comes as Solarpack marked progress with various solar projects under construction in Europe and South America.

In Spain, the firm was given in July the notice to start building a 50MW project in the Toledo province, one of a raft of PV ventures planned without government subsidies in the country.

The work of Swiss developer Aventron, the 90GWh-a-year Bargas project will be backed by a debt package from Banco Sabadell and should complete construction within nine months.

The Toledo newcomer comes to add to Solarpack’s current EPC contracts in Spain, with Monclova (50MW) and Grullas (62MW) – co-funded by Bankia and Bankinter – also under construction.

The race for a piece of Atacama solar

Solarpack’s H1 2019 activities also extended to La Granja, a 123MW installation it is deploying on a build-and-own basis in Chile, with support from financier KfW IPEX-Bank.

The project – one of many under development in the Atacama Desert – should hit commissioning before year-end as interconnection works are “almost finished”, the firm said.

Across the border, in Peru, the firm recently completed its full purchase of a seven-year-old 43MW solar duo and quickly followed by selling a 49% stake to global investor Ardian.

The firm is now eyeing a 1.76GW global pipeline – which rises to 4.149GW of “identified opportunities – after bagging new projects in Chile, US and Southeast Asia in Q2 2019.

The prospects and challenges of solar's new era in Europe and beyond will take centre stage at Solar Media's Solar Finance & Investment Europe (London, 5-6 February) and Large Scale Solar Europe 2020 (Lisbon, on 31 March-1 April 2020).

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