SHANGHAI, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Power, Inc. ("SPI") (OTCBB: SOPW), a vertically-integrated photovoltaic ("PV") developer, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPI China (HK) Limited, has closed a transaction to sell the entire issued share capital of Solar Park Developments 4 Ltd ("Gelliwern Farm"), which holds a solar project in the United Kingdom with a rated capacity of approximately 6.24 megawatts ("MW"), to a fund managed by BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock"), a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services.
The Gelliwern Farm solar project, located in south Wales, commenced construction in the first quarter of 2015 and was connected to the grid in March 2015. The Gelliwern Farm solar project is eligible to receive Renewables Obligation Certificates ("ROCs") at 1.4 ROCs/MWh for 20 years under the UK's Renewables Obligation ("RO") scheme.
Previously, SPI announced on June 9, 2015 its entry into a definitive agreement for the sale of the entire issued share capital of Solar Park Developments 3 Ltd ("Grange Farm"), which was also sold to a fund managed by BlackRock. This transaction was completed on June 30, 2015.
"We are pleased to announce the closing of our second UK transaction with BlackRock in recent months," commented Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman of SPI. "With this transaction, SPI has further solidified its reputation as a leading provider of bankable solar power solutions in the UK market and globally."
Rory O'Connor, Managing Director at BlackRock, added, "We are very pleased to work again with SPI and close on this investment in the Gelliwern Farm solar project, adding to BlackRock's significant investment programme in the UK renewables sector."
About Solar Power, Inc. (OTCBB: SOPW)
Solar Power, Inc. ("SPI" or the "Company") is a global leader in enabling photovoltaic ("PV") solutions for business, residential, government and utility customers and investors. SPI focuses on the downstream PV market including the development, financing, installation, operation and sale of utility-scale and residential solar power projects in China, Japan, Europe and North America. The Company also operates an innovative online energy e-commerce and investment platform, www.solarbao.com, which enables individual and institutional investors to purchase innovative PV-based investment and other products; as well as www.solartao.com, a B2B e-commerce platform offering a range of PV products. The Company has its operating headquarters in Shanghai and global operations in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
About BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At March 31, 2015, BlackRock's AUM was $4.774 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of March 31, 2015, the firm had approximately 12,300 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa.
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Amy Liu, Solar Power, Inc. (800) 548-8767
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