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  • Banks and developers mull CFE's plans for renewables

    As the Mexican government upends incentives, self-supply contracts and the market for clean energy certificates, project finance and investment bankers in New York and developers in Mexico City are attempting to gauge the impact and decipher the administration's motives

  • Gulf Plains Wind acquisition, US

    US-based fund manager Harbert Management Corporation almost doubled its renewable energy holdings at the end of last year when it acquired a stake in an 812MW wind portfolio − a deal it ultimately opted to finance in the bank market through a holding company called Gulf Plains Wind

  • Wind developers persevere in Argentina

    Developers have brought a handful of wind projects in Argentina to financial close in recent months, having turned to development finance institutions and export credit agency wraps amid a lack of enthusiasm from commercial banks

  • Slow progress for Brazilian offshore wind

    Brazil is only just beginning to develop an offshore wind market but there are some first movers who are already jostling for position at the start line

  • C&I solar developers weigh their options

    While yield-hungry investors of all stripes are viewing distributed, small-scale solar companies ever more favorably, the founders and management of the target companies are finding that there are attractive alternatives to selling stakes in their businesses outright

  • 2020: Year of the debt fund?

    While the gap between equity and debt fundraising was still wide in 2019, Q4 figures highlight a potentially new trend

  • Tina River Hydro PPP, Solomon Islands

    Solomon Islands' 15MW Tina River Hydro high dam project was around 12 years in development, a saga not atypical for this technology. The financing of this, the nation's first PPP, changed course after global oil prices tanked in 2014 to 2015. A new concessional finance structure emerged, where government on-lends a single blended facility to the project company, complementing private sector equity

  • CCGT sponsors push on in PJM, auction or no auction

    Developers of gas-fired projects in PJM Interconnection are forging ahead with financing plans for Q1 2020, despite lingering uncertainty over the delayed capacity auction timetable and rules, while frustrated renewable energy developers have been forced back to the drawing board

  • Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, Scotland

    This Scottish offshore wind farm – in gaelic meaning ‘Might of the Wind’ – saw a decade pass between development rights being awarded in 2009 and reaching financial close. After years of legal challenges and vacillating subsidy challenges, the raising of construction debt and an equity sell-down were eventually completed concurrently for Neart na Gaoithe

  • Asia's first infra loan securitisation platform

    Clifford Capital and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank announced last month the establishment of Bayfront Infrastructure Management – a platform to mobilise institutional capital for infrastructure debt in Asia. IJGlobal spoke with both equity holders to learn more

  • EXCLUSIVE IFC’s Super Six wind, Pakistan

    A cohort of 11 wind farm projects in PakiJhimpir wind corridor, totalling 560MW in total installed capacity, reached financial close in November 2019. IFC had used a programmatic approach, its first in the wind sector, on what it dubs the Super Six – not to be confused with the Seven Sisters or Nubian Suns

  • Dededo combined-cycle power plant, Guam

    Guam Power Authority has procured a 198MW baseload power plant under a build-operate-transfer structure to replace the western Pacific island's ageing and limited baseload power supply. KEPCO becomes Guam's largest power provider with this project. Meanwhile Guam's energy mix is changing rapidly, as the western Pacific US territory is preparing its fourth renewables procurement round

  • IJInvestor Awards 2019 Rising Star – Mounir Corm

    Talking to Mounir Corm, one immediately realises that you are dealing with someone whose interests and skills reach far beyond the financial universe

  • PF bankers declare war on The Man

    One thing a hack never wants to do is to give credit to another title for making a fair fist of a story that sits firmly in his/her own sector… but today, this infra scribbler is swallowing pride while doffing a cap to the FT for writing a story that impacts infrastructure finance on a global basis

  • Institutional investors bid high on LatAm infra

    In search of greater returns, institutional investors from all around the globe seem to be increasingly prepared to take on greater risk. One example of this is a rising appetite for direct investment in Latin American infrastructure, with 2019 figures being three times higher than the full previous year

  • Brazil political risk for infra investors

    Brazil’s political risk is declining after a decades of tumultuous events. The political crises involving ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Odebrecht, Petrobras and Operation Carwash remain painful reminders to investors worldwide of unmeasured political economic risks

  • Omaezaki-kou biomass, Japan

    As Japan winds down its generous solar feed-in tariff scheme, the country’s developers have turned to biomass, which still enjoys a relatively high FiT. Renova took full advantage of Japan’s 20-year FiT to structure an aggressively leveraged transaction for its 75MW Omaezaki-kou biomass power plant in central Japan

  • No, actually… it’s all about us!

    When we go out to meetings and dare to drop into the conversation the subject of awards nights, it can go either of two ways. Either they lean in, ears pricking up… or they peer at you through fingers, shaking heads vigorously

  • Zeroing in on Dutch offshore wind

    The Netherlands earlier this year announced a winner in the country's second zero-subsidy offshore wind tender. It was only open to subsidy-free bids and paved the way for a first negative subsidy tender due in 2021

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