South African renewable energy developer Red Rocket has raised US$160-million (R3-billion) in funding from management and investment partners to help the business expand across the region.
The Cape Town-based company has built hydro, solar and wind projects. It reached financial close on 364MW of wind turbines in February.
“While the bulk of Red Rocket’s pipeline is in South Africa, the firm also plans to expand into other markets, mostly Southern Africa,” CEO Matteo Brambilla said in an interview. “The new investment partners will assist Red Rocket in building out utility-scale power projects on the continent.”
Eskom is struggling to meet electricity demand, resulting in record outages that crimp the economy. The government has turned to independent power producers to help build capacity in order to stabilise the power grid, though the programme has faced delays.
Red Rocket raised the capital from main backers Bill Kilgore Investments, a vehicle run by management shareholders, as well as climate investor Inspired Evolution. FMO, a Dutch entrepreneurial development bank and French infrastructure and energy investor STOA, have joined as partners. — (c) 2023 Bloomberg LP