Australia’s Squadron Energy acquires developer CWP Renewables

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The acquisition further expands the portfolio of Tattarang-owned renewables projects in Australia. Image: Squadron Energy.

Australian company Squadron Energy has acquired CWP Renewables in a deal it claims will make it Australia’s largest renewables developer, investor and operator.

A subsidiary of Tattarang, Squadron said the deal will bring its Australian renewables portfolio to 2.4GW and expand its pipeline in the country to 20GW. CWP and its assets will be integrated into Squadron’s existing business.

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CWP has approvals in place for a 180MW solar farm, two battery farms and a swathe of large-scale wind projects across Australia totalling over 1.1GW capacity.

Andrew Forrest, chairman of Tattarang and founder of Fortescue Metals Group, said: “Squadron is proud to bring a very significant portion of Australia’s renewable energy assets home to local ownership. It means that Squadron has the renewable energy critical mass to help Australia step beyond fossil fuels.”

Fortescue Future Industries, a subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group which is part-owned by Tattarang, recently announced plans for a 10GW green hydrogen hub in Queensland. In February, Forrest announced a US$3 billion investment into solar PV and wind projects as part of Fortescue’s 3GW renewables hub in the state.

Tattarang has provided backing for a major Australian solar export project, the Australia-Asia PowerLink subsea cable project, which will transport power from a 20GW PV farm in Australia to Singapore via transmission cables.

The company also announced 9.2GW of solar and wind to power a green hydrogen project in Egypt earlier this year, as well as a 3.3GW Western Australia renewables hub.

“It is paramount that Australia continues to increase cost-efficient renewable green energy, to economically power homes and industry at pace and rid the Australian consumer of its forced reliance to increasingly expensive, dangerously pollutive fossil fuels,” Forrest said.

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