Our Business Strategy
Our primary business strategy is to acquire, own and operate solar and wind assets in North America and Western Europe. We are the owner and operator of a 3,738 MW diversified portfolio of high-quality solar and wind assets, underpinned by long-term contracts. Significant diversity across technologies and locations coupled with contracts across a large, diverse group of creditworthy counterparties significantly reduces the impact of resource variability on cash available for distribution and limits our exposure to any individual counterparty. We are sponsored by Brookfield.
Our goal is to pay dividends to our stockholders that are sustainable on a long-term basis while retaining within our operations sufficient liquidity for recurring growth capital expenditures and general purposes. We expect to generate this return with a regular dividend, which we intend to grow at 5 to 8% per annum, that is supported by a target payout ratio of 80 to 85% of cash available for distribution and our stable cash flows. We expect to achieve this growth and deliver returns by focusing on the following initiatives:
We focus on sourcing off-market transactions at more attractive valuations than auction processes. Our successful acquisition of Saeta provides us with a European Platform and is an example of one such opportunity. We believe that multi-faceted transactions such as take-privates and recapitalizations may enable us to acquire high quality assets at attractive relative values.
We have a right of first offer (“ROFO”) to acquire certain renewable power assets in North America and Western Europe owned by Brookfield and its affiliates. The ROFO portfolio currently stands at approximately 3,500 MW. Over time, as Brookfield entities look to sell these assets, we will have the opportunity to make offers for these assets and potentially purchase them if the proposed price (i) meets our investment objectives, and (ii) is the most favorable offered to Brookfield and the applicable Brookfield entities receive all necessary approvals from their independent directors and institutional partners. We also continue to maintain a call right over 500 MW (net) of operating wind power plants that are owned by a warehouse vehicle that was owned and arranged by our previous sponsor, SunEdison, who sold its equity interest in this warehouse vehicle to an unaffiliated third party in 2017.
We believe there is significant opportunity to enhance our cash flow through optimizing the performance of our existing assets. As our recently announced long-term service agreements (collectively, the “LTSA”) with an affiliate of General Electric demonstrate, such agreements have the potential to lock in cost savings, provide contractual incentives for achieving our generation targets and increase revenue through deployment of technology. We are currently seeking to execute similar agreements to optimize the performance of our North American solar and European wind fleets.
We continue to develop a robust organic growth pipeline comprised of opportunities to invest in our existing fleet on an accretive basis as well as add-on acquisitions across our scope of operations. We have identified a number of investment opportunities which we believe may be compelling, including asset repowerings, site expansions and adding energy storage to existing sites.
We benefit from Brookfield’s deep operational expertise in owning, operating and developing renewable assets, as well as its significant deal sourcing capabilities and access to capital. Brookfield is a leading global alternative asset manager and has a more than 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on renewable power, property, infrastructure and private equity. Brookfield has approximately $350 billion of assets under management of which $47 billion are renewable power assets. This renewable power portfolio represents approximately 17,400 MW of generation capacity in 15 countries. It also employs over 2,500 individuals with extensive operating, development and power marketing capabilities and has a demonstrated ability to deploy capital in a disciplined manner, having developed or acquired 13,200 MW of renewable generation capacity since 2012.