United Utilities has signed a deal to sell its renewable energy arm for £100 million (€118 million).
The Warrington-based water supplier's United Utilities Renewable Energy (UURE) will be acquired by SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust.
United Utilities has developed a portfolio renewable assets since 2014 including hydro and UURE comprises 69 MW of renewable generation assets across 70 sites.
The company said that following the deal, the assets will continue to provide long-term green energy to its regulated water and wastewater business, United Utilities Water.
United Utilities said: "This sale allows UU to recycle its capital employed in the UURE business back into the next phase of our ambitious journey to net zero, whilst continuing to source green energy from the existing UURE portfolio."
United Utilities chief executive Steve Mogford said: "We are committed to our ambitious carbon pledges and target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
"A key part of setting the foundations for that goal has been our renewable energy portfolio that, in recent years, we have built across our UU sites.
"With the portfolio now fully built-out and operating well, we are excited about the opportunity to recycle our investment in these assets to support the next steps in our plans to achieve net-zero.
"We are confident that SEEIT will be an excellent long-term partner for the UU group, as the UURE asset portfolio moves into the next phase of its life cycle."
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