SHV Energy and SunSource today announced that SHV Energy, a Dutch family-owned multinational founded 125 years ago and leading global distributor of LPG, will invest in SunSource Energy, a leading provider of distributed energy for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in India with a presence across South-East Asia. SHV Energy’s acquired majority stake is part of the companies’ renewable solutions strategy and ensures a further expansion of SunSource’s solar portfolio to 550+ MWp by 2023. This new partnership will directly benefit SunSource’s ability to expand its portfolio of projects for C&I customers. SunSource Energy’s cofounders Kushagra Nandan and Adarsh Das will continue to run the company and remain shareholders.
Founded in 2010, SunSource Energy is one of the leading distributed solar companies in India, providing solar solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Initially, SunSource focussed on the design and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) of solar projects, and since 2018 it has successfully expanded to also invest in C&I solar projects to sell energy to its customers (IPP model). SunSource also develops and invests in off-site C&I projects, known as open access solar projects.
As part of this transaction, the original investor Neev Fund, which is promoted by India’s largest commercial lender SBI and the UK Government, has obtained a successful exit. With this investment, SHV Energy enters India’s fast-growing renewable energy market focussing on solutions for C&I customers, capitalizing on the experience of SunSource Energy in decentralized energy projects. SHV Energy already operates in India through its SUPERGAS brand, a leading local LPG player founded in 1996.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement and look forward to collaborating with our new SunSource Energy colleagues to address the evolving energy needs of commercial and industrial consumers, said Bram Gräber, CEO, SHV Energy. “India is a key market for SHV Energy and this investment underpins our long-term commitment to the region and advancement of renewable energy solutions.”
Commenting on the transaction, Adarsh Das, Co-Founder, and CEO, SunSource Energy said, “We are delighted that SHV Energy has partnered with us. We are happy to have a like-minded strategic long-term investor on board who believes in our model of sustainable development and decentralized energy solutions. This investment will enable us to leverage SHV Energy’s global presence and expertise to emerge as a leading global distributed solar company.”
“This investment is another testament to the continued trust placed in us by our clients and investors. SunSource Energy will be able to draw strength from SHV Energy’s deep global experience in energy markets, well-tested processes, and business practices”, Kushagra Nandan, Co-Founder, and President, SunSource Energy, said. “We look forward to contributing further towards India’s clean energy goals, and offer more products that continue to solve energy transition challenges faced by commercial and industrial customers.”