On the back of its solid wind energy investments, Vortex Energy invested in a world-class solar energy portfolio, diversifying its renewable energy investments.


Transaction In Numbers

Acquisition Price

EUR 470mn

Entry Net Capacity

365 MW





Vortex III Entry

Acquisition and Divestment

Vortex III is one of the largest standalone solar PV portfolios in the UK, with an average asset age of six years. It was established in 2017 as a GBP 470 million investment to acquire 100% of TerraForm Power’s stake in a 365 MW operational solar PV portfolio, comprised of 24 assets.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), one of the largest utility providers in Asia, funded 50% of the equity capital of the transaction. The remaining were initially underwritten by EFG Hermes until 45% was sold later to a leading Asian pension fund. EFG Hermes retained 5% of the equity capital. The portfolio carried a project finance debt facility of GBP 300 million at completion, which was refinanced by Vortex Energy after transaction close.

Vortex Energy successfully completed the sale of their controlling and managing stake in Vortex III in 2020 at an enterprise value of GBP 500 million, generating 14% IRR for shareholders with a 1.5x cash-on-cash multiple. Upon closing, the portfolio had an average asset age of two years and an estimated useful life of 30 years.


Vortex III – 2017-2019 | Case Study

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