WEC Energy Group to acquire 90% ownership of Delilah I Solar Energy Center

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WEC Energy Group has announced the acquisition of a 90% ownership interest in the Delilah I Solar Energy Center, a 300-megawatt project near Dallas, Texas, developed by Invenergy. The project will generate renewable energy for a global automaker under a long-term power purchase agreement. WEC's investment is expected to total $459 million. This acquisition is part of WEC's commitment to investing in clean energy solutions and marks the company's continued expansion in the renewable energy sector.

  • Acquisition of a 90% ownership interest in the Delilah I Solar Energy Center, a 300-megawatt project near Dallas, Texas.

  • Investment expected to total $459 million, highlighting WEC's commitment to clean energy solutions.

  • Project to generate renewable energy under a long-term power purchase agreement with a global automaker, supporting their clean energy goals.

  • Part of the five-phase Samson & Delilah solar portfolio, one of the largest solar facilities under construction in the United States.

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WEC Energy Group’s planned acquisition of Delilah I Solar Energy Center is a strategic move expanding their renewable portfolio. A 300-megawatt capacity is substantial, reinforcing the shift towards clean energy. This kind of capacity can power a significant number of households and given it's under a power purchase agreement with a major automaker, it ensures stable revenue flows. The investment aligns with the Inflation Reduction Act, potentially offering financial incentives through tax credits, which can improve WEC's bottom-line.

The $459 million investment in a 90% stake of the Delilah I Solar Energy Center represents a major capital allocation for WEC Energy Group. The long-term off-take agreements, including with a global automaker, signify reliable future cash flows, which are attractive to investors. These agreements are important for the return on investment calculation. One must scrutinize WEC's ability to finance this investment without stretching their balance sheet excessively and the expected rate of return, considering the production tax credits.

From an environmental sustainability perspective, WEC Energy Group's investment in Delilah I Solar Energy Center is a positive step towards carbon footprint reduction. The solar facility's addition to WEC's energy mix not only diversifies its portfolio but also reflects the company’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions. This initiative could enhance WEC’s corporate reputation and align with consumer and investor expectations for environmentally responsible behavior in the energy sector.

MILWAUKEE, April 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today announced that the company has agreed to acquire a 90% ownership interest in the Delilah I Solar Energy Center.

Delilah I is a 300-megawatt project located approximately 140 miles northeast of Dallas, Texas. The project was developed and built by Invenergy — a leading global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions. Commercial operation is expected to begin by the end of June.

Delilah I will generate renewable energy under a long-term power purchase agreement with a global automaker. WEC Energy Group's investment is expected to total $459 million for the 90% ownership interest.

"The Delilah Solar project is an exciting addition to our Infrastructure business and highlights our continued investment in affordable, reliable and clean energy. This project will help one of the world's largest automakers meet their clean energy goals for years to come," said Gale Klappa, executive chairman.

Delilah I is part of the five-phase Samson & Delilah solar portfolio, one of the largest solar facilities under construction in the United States. WEC Energy Group already owns a majority interest in Samson I — a separate phase of the Samson & Delilah project.

The Delilah Solar investment is eligible for production tax credits as outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress. The transaction is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

WEC Energy Group's Infrastructure segment has existing or planned investments in 11 solar and wind projects totaling more than 2 gigawatts of capacity. All of the projects have long-term off-take agreements.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier energy companies, serving 4.7 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in states ranging from South Dakota to Texas.

WEC Energy Group ( is a Fortune 500 company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has approximately 35,000 stockholders of record, 7,000 employees and more than $43 billion of assets.

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