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  • Belgian offshore wind: betting on zero

    Late last month (July 2018), following approval from the European commission, planned Belgian offshore wind farm Seastar and Mermaid merged. This union was prompted by Eneco joining Otary and Electrabel in the consortia for each project. The combined Seamade wind farm will have a total generating capacity of 487MW

  • India solar: targets and reality

    One of the world’s fastest growing renewables markets has ambitious goals and a government upbeat on meeting them. But is New Delhi too optimistic?

  • REIPPP revived

    After a delay of more than two years, all 27 of the projects procured under the fourth round of South Africa’s renewable energy IPP programme have now reached financial close – or at least it appears they have. At the very least, the programme has finally regained some momentum

  • Namibia's solar solution

    Namibia has undertaken a series of reforms in an attempt to reduce its dependency on electricity imports and attract IPPs into the country's power sector – and it is starting to see results via solar PV tenders

  • Unstoppable rise of the mega fund

    As we stare down the barrels of the summer lull having published IJGlobal’s league tables and the IJInvestor funds report for H1 2018, this infra hack is currently horsing up the M6 to Edinburgh to celebrate a rather significant birthday in the motherland

  • The NEG: Certainty in Australia at last?

    The Australian renewables industry has been craving regulatory certainty. A solution could finally be close, with an energy council session scheduled for 10 August (2018) to vote on the final design of the Federal Government’s new policy – the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). But market participants have concerns over onerous complexity, pervasive long-term policy uncertainty and its restrained r

  • League tables & funds – a game of one half

    It’s been a busy time for IJ with our half-yearly league tables for global infrastructure and project finance and the H1 2018 funds and investor report – the finishing touches to which have been put on today

  • Meza la Paz wind farm, Mexico

    The Mesa la Paz wind project may have started a new way of financing energy projects in the country, with bonds covering both construction period and a long-term PPA.

  • Estonia runs before the wind

    Estonia will need to make a big push in the renewables space to stay on track to achieve its renewable energy targets for 2030. And this is likely to involve massive deployment of wind energy

  • The Mexican infra revolution

    Few things throw a cat among the pigeons more effectively for a national infrastructure programme than a change in political leadership – and that’s precisely what’s happened in Mexico

  • Acquisition of Cory Riverside Energy, UK

    When a consortium led by London-based infrastructure fund manager Dalmore Capital emerged as preferred bidder in the sale of UK energy-from-waste company Cory Riverside Energy, there was some surprise that a team challenged by several partner drop-outs had made the highest fully-funded offer

  • Borssele III/IV offshore wind, Netherlands

    Blauwwind II reached financial close on Dutch offshore wind farms Borssele III/IV at the end of June, concluding the two-year procurement on the $1.7 billion greenfield deal that stands out for achievements on many levels

  • France bites bullet – softly – on subsidies

    France has bitten the bullet on subsidies for the first two rounds of its offshore wind programme, slashing them from an eye-watering €200 per MW over 20 years to a – let’s be honest – still pretty darned generous €150/MW… and it has (largely) been welcomed

  • Ituango hydro: hopes for sunrise over flooded lands

    The almost literally collapsing Ituango hydropower project in Colombia may open the way to a faster development of renewables in the country

  • New York sees a green future

    The state of New York in March announced both that it was awarding 26 large-scale renewables projects worth $1.4 billion, and that it had requested to be excluded from the federal offshore oil and gas drilling programme. The state was making it priorities clear

  • Asia green bonds: looking ahead

    Financing of renewables across the Asia Pacific has so far been dominated by commercial and multilateral banks. But regional bond investors are showing interest in green bonds and finance – fuelling hopes for the potential growth of capital market financing solutions

  • Saudi – pricing the sun and wind

    The Middle East has shot to the top of the renewable energy industry’s onshore leader board with an enviable programme of scale. Bidders are now tripping over themselves to compete and word from the banking community has it that lenders are wincing at the margins

  • Saudi Arabian renewables tenders

    Saudi Arabia in early 2018 announced ambitious new plans to promote renewable energy as part of the kingdom’s long-term strategy to diversify its economy. The kingdom is planning to tender a total of 3.3GW of solar capacity and 800MW of wind capacity this year, Turki Al Shehri, head of the Renewable Energy Project Development Office confirmed to IJGlobal in January

  • Battery power – applying the electrodes

    Perched in the Regency splendour of Le Méridien Piccadilly for the 19th gathering of REFF Europe, surrounded by the great and good of the renewable energy community for a couple of days this week, nervousness started to set in over what to write for Friday’s editorial...

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