Octopus, the largest commercial solar player in Europe, today announced its expansion into the Australian market with the opening of an office in Melbourne.
The move builds on Octopus’ track record in Europe, where it has attracted significant retail and institutional funds since the company entered the renewables market in 2010. Since then, Octopus has accelerated the growth of local renewables markets by providing flexible funding opportunities to support the development, construction and long-term management of assets.
Octopus sees an exciting opportunity to deploy its own funds and also attract local investment into the Australian renewables market, with the intention to build a portfolio of scale over time, as part of the plan to expand its energy business beyond Europe.
Matt Setchell, Head of Octopus’ energy investments team, commented:
“Australia has fantastic solar and wind resources and the potential to be at the leading edge of renewables. The team now on the ground in Australia has been integral in growing our business into Europe’s largest solar investment management business over the last five years. These two factors combined present an exciting opportunity for us to become a significant player in Australia’s energy transition.”
Sam Reynolds, Head of Octopus’ new Australia office, commented:
“Octopus is a leader in commercialising, consolidating and managing assets for long term owners and delivering returns to our investors, and we are treating our entry into Australia as a long-term investment. The fundamental shift from fossil fuels to renewables is already underway. Policies and markets will need to adapt – we’ll be leveraging our extensive European experience to navigate this rapidly evolving market and bring the right investment opportunities to our investors. In the process we’ll be creating jobs in Australia, financing the growth of Australian innovations and bringing cheaper and cleaner energy to Australian businesses and homes.”
Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for the state of Victoria, commented:
“Octopus Investments’ arrival in Melbourne proves that the Victorian Government’s ambition to create a world-class ecosystem for investment and innovation centred around a clean smart energy state is attractive. The Victorian Government is keen to work with the developers and financiers of new energy technology solutions in wind, solar, energy storage and bioenergy, from across the globe, to attract investment to the State.”
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