10 April 2018  |  Sydney

DIF enters Australian renewable energy joint venture with Synergy and Cbus

DIF Infrastructure V (DIF V) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with Synergy and Cbus Super to form Bright Energy Investments (BEI). BEI is to invest in a portfolio of utility scale wind and solar PV power projects located in Australia, with DIF V and Cbus Super to hold about 40% per cent equity interest in BEI, and Synergy to hold about 20%. Synergy is an electricity generator and retailer that is owned by the Western Australian Government.

Initially BEI is to acquire the operational 36MW Albany Grasmere Wind Farm, the 40MW Greenough River Solar Farm (10MW in operation and 30MW in construction) and the proposed 180MW Warradarge Wind Farm. All projects are located in Western Australia. A pipeline of additional projects have also been identified that BEI will look to acquire, subject to certain investment criteria being met.

This investment fits neatly within DIF’s mandate to acquire infrastructure and renewable energy assets that will deliver long-term stable cash flows for the fund. The investment adds to DIF’s existing portfolio of Australian renewable energy assets, including the Royalla, Clare and Bungala solar PV projects.

Marko Kremer, DIF’s Head of Australasia added: “”DIF is excited to enter into this joint venture with Cbus and Synergy, as well as adding a variety of wind and solar farms to its existing investment portfolio. We are excited to be part of the growing Australian renewable energy market, which supports the nation’s commitment to a greener economy, as well as creating job opportunities in Western Australia.””

DIF Profile

DIF is an independent and specialist fund management company, managing funds of approximately €5.1 billion across seven closed-end investment funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in the global infrastructure market through two differentiated and complementary strategies.

The majority of DIF’s funds, including DIF Infrastructure V, target PPP / PFI / P3, regulated infrastructure assets and renewable energy projects.

DIF CIF I targets small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the telecom infrastructure, rail, energy and utility sectors that generate stable and predictable cash flows that are contracted over the mid-term with highly rated entities.

Both strategies targets both greenfield and brownfield projects in Europe, North America and Australasia.
DIF has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Madrid, Toronto and Sydney.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Mansfield, Partner
Email: c.mansfield@dif.eu

Allard Ruijs, Partner
Email: a.ruijs@dif.eu