BP invests $220 million in U.S. solar development projects By Reuters

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(Reuters) – Energy major BP (NYSE:) Plc on Tuesday boosted its investment in U.S. renewables with a $220 million purchase of solar projects from developer 7X Energy.

The deal, for assets with a production capacity of 9 gigawatts, marks BP’s first independent investment in solar since buying a stake in Europe’s largest solar developer, Lightsource, in 2017.

BP, which adopted a sunburst logo decades ago to convey its ambition in solar energy, said the assets will be developed through its 50-50 joint venture with Lightsource BP. (https://on.bp.com/2S3lFwd)

“In line with our strategy, we’ll aim to integrate these projects with our existing onshore and offshore wind, , and trading and shipping businesses to give customers what they want,” said BP America Chairman Dave Lawler.

The projects acquired are spread across 12 U.S. states, with the largest portfolios in Texas and the Midwest, BP said.

In one of the energy sector’s most ambitious strategies, BP plans to slash its oil output by 40% and boost its renewable power business by 20-fold by 2030.

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