DIF Infrastructure IV is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of the 125 MW Clare Solar PV project from Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), via a 50 – 50 joint venture with Lighthouse Infrastructure.
Developed by FRV, the Clare Solar Farm is located around 35 km south-west of Ayr in Northern Queensland. The 125MW (DC) photovoltaic solar farm is currently under construction and is scheduled to commence operations in late 2017. The project will create up to 200 jobs during construction and when completed will generate enough electricity to power approximately 42,000 Queensland homes, abating nearly 200,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.
Origin Energy, a major Australian energy company, has entered into a long-term contract to purchase 100% of the electricity output and large-scale renewable energy certificates (LGCs) generated by the project.
Project finance has been provided to the project by NAB and SMBC.
RBC Capital Markets and Société Générale were financial advisers to Lighthouse and DIF in relation to the acquisition and King Wood Mallesons acted as legal adviser.
Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “This acquisition represents DIF’s third large scale solar PV project in Australia, and we are delighted to further extend our relationship with FRV following the acquisition of the Royalla Solar Farm in 2016”.
DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €3.7 billion. DIF invests in infrastructure assets that generate long term stable cash flows, including PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects in Europe, North America and Australia. DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.
For more information, please contact:
Christopher Mansfield, Partner, Head of Renewable Energy
Allard Ruijs, Partner, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development