BayWa r.e. announces a partnership with Swiss-based infrastructure investment manager SUSI Partners to deliver high-quality solar energy solutions to Southeast Asia.
The two partners have signed a framework agreement to direct capital from SUSI Partner’s Southeast Asia-focused “Asia Energy Transition Fund” to the realisation of sizable rooftop PV projects contracted with larger C&I corporations. The primary markets will be Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia.
This partnership centres on the end-to-end development, construction, and operation of PV projects with a capacity of up to 20 MWp, initiated through PPAs with established corporations. BayWa r.e. will handle project development, execution, client relationships, and asset management. SUSI Partners, via their Asia Energy Transition Fund, will provide the required investment, taking full project ownership upon PPA finalisation.
According to a recent study by BayWa r.e. on Asia Pacific's (APAC) energy outlook, almost half of corporate leaders revealed that affordable and clean energy is a top sustainability goal and, similarly, almost half of companies in APAC want to increase the use of renewable energy by more than 40%. The injection of funds will help to scale and drive forward the region's sustainability landscape by enabling companies to gain access to reliable and top-tier renewable choices. This aligns with BayWa r.e. and SUSI Partners' objective to foster a sustainable society.
Niranpal Singh, BayWa r.e. Managing Director, Malaysia, said: "We look forward to expanding our services by being part of the SUSI Asia Energy Transition Fund, which aims to advance the energy transition in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets. We hope that due to this partnership, companies will be able to adopt PPAs and rooftop installations more quickly and efficiently. We’ve already identified an initial portfolio of over 20 MWp, and BayWa r.e. will help with developing, constructing, and operating these top-tier solar energy solutions."
Wymen Chan, SUSI Partners’ Head Asia, said: "With SAETF, we aim to deliver high climate impact in a fast-growing region with immense economic and climate mitigation potential. On-site solar PV contracted with commercial and industrial offtakers has become a key pillar of Southeast Asia's decarbonisation efforts and we look forward to enabling that transition together with BayWa r.e. through a shared commitment to best-practice environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards."
Founded in 2009, SUSI Partners is a Swiss fund manager specialised in sustainable energy infrastructure investments with EUR 1.9bn in capital commitments from institutional investors. The firm’s investment strategy focusses on private equity and credit opportunities across the energy transition spectrum, including clean energy generation, energy efficiency measures, and solutions enabling clean energy use. With a successful track record of more than 140 transactions in over 20 countries to date, SUSI Partners seeks to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns for its clients and their beneficiaries while contributing meaningfully to achieving global climate neutrality.