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  • Infra funds – cards on the table again

    In anticipation of publication of our quarterly funds and investors report, the temptation is too great to hold back our key findings, laying our cards on the table and smiling knowingly at rivals that our data wins the day again

  • Shouting at credit committees

    After a lumpy year to date and a deathly-quiet August, the global infrastructure community is bracing for a rush to Christmas with many fearing that the first quarter of 2019 will be fairly sedate – particularly in Europe

  • Northwester 2 offshore wind, Belgium

    As Belgium looks ahead to the next round of offshore wind auctions scheduled for 2020, hoping to emulate Germany and the Netherlands by attracting zero-subsidy bids, a Japanese-Belgian consortium reached financial close on Northwester 2 – which could be one of the last subsidised offshore wind projects in Belgium

  • Powering down Peru's renewable energy auctions

    Despite being a steadily growing investment grade economy with a relatively stable currency and consolidated rule of law, Peru has in recent time not received as much attention from international energy developers and investors as some of its LatAm peers. This has much to do with the sense that Peru has overbuilt its power market

  • Policy shaping Australian renewables landscape

    Australia's National Energy Guarantee may have been abandoned by new prime minister Scott Morrison, but appetite for renewables investments in the country remains strong, especially among infrastructure funds

  • Alto Maipo: good hydro, gone bad

    A second restructuring for the 531MW Alto Maipo has saved a hydro project which has faced engineering challenges, several delays, environmental opposition, and changes in equity

  • Importing offshore wind experience

    How European experience can be used in the upcoming round of US offshore wind projects

  • Far from retirement: lifetime extensions

    Renewable energy assets can go beyond planned operational periods, and lifetime extensions are becoming particularly popular for wind farms and solar plants

  • Desire straits: Taiwan offshore wind

    IJGlobal held a roundtable in Taipei in May 2017 which explored the reasons why offshore wind projects in the Taiwan Strait have become so attractive to international companies

  • Beyond subsidies

    The first subsidy free contracts awarded for renewables in Europe could herald a transformation of energy markets

  • Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, UK

    A consortium of Japanese investors turned heads in August when it won an auction to acquire 41% of the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project with a bid understood to be 30-40% higher than that of second-placed Omers

  • Europe rides the high offshore winds

    The European offshore wind sector continues to grow apace. A couple of major projects have reached financial close over the summer, others are reaching commercial operation, and new capacity auctions are now on the horizon

  • Japan solar: sunset on greenfield

    Generous feed-in-tariffs drove the growth of Japan’s solar market. But with the government cooling on solar, industry players expect new greenfield developments to dry up

  • Santa Vitoria do Palmar financing, Brazil

    IDB Invest recently closed a total credit guarantee to help finance Atlantic Renewable Energy's 207MW Santa Vitoria do Palmar wind complex in Rio Grande do Sul, in a peculiar transaction that saw the private sector arm of the IDB Group provide a guarantee greater than the total value of the infrastructure debentures issued to fund the project

  • Mexico readies for power auction amid uncertainty

    Mexico's fourth round of power auctions will happen before the new government takes power, but AMLO's administration has already started to release policy changes

  • 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

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