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U.S. investment giant BlackRock has agreed to invest $500 million in Canada's Recurrent Energy.

BlackRock to Invest $500M in Recurrent Energy

U.S. investment giant BlackRock has agreed to invest $500 million in Canada’s Recurrent Energy.

The deal has industrial real estate implications in Canada, the U.S. and several other countries. Recurrent ranks among the world’s largest utility-scale solar and energy storage project developers, owners and operators. BlackRock plans to make the investment through a fund managed by its climate infrastructure business.

Recurrent is a subsidiary of Guelph, Ont.-based Canadian Solar, a global solar technology and renewable energy provider.

Pending completion of the deal, New York-based BlackRock will make a preferred-equity investment in Recurrent convertible to common equity equivalent to 20% of the company’s common diluted shares. Canadian Solar will continue to hold a majority stake in Recurrent.

Recurrent said in a news release that the capital infusion will enable the company to become a long-term owner and operator in Canada, the U.S., Europe and several other countries.

“The infusion of capital from our partner BlackRock, who is also Canadian Solar’s largest institutional investor, will provide the resources needed to further scale the Recurrent Energy platform and meet record clean energy power demand across the world,” said Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar’s Chairman and CEO.


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About Monte Stewart

Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s. In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star. Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.

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