3 April 2019  |  Paris

DIF sells its stakes in 29 solar assets in France

DIF Infrastructure III and DIF Infrastructure IV are pleased to announce that they have completed the sale of their stakes in a portfolio of 29 French solar plants (the “Portfolio”) to Terres d’Energie, a company whose majority shareholder is Tenergie, a successful French Independent Power Producer that specialises in renewable energy. The Portfolio’s total capacity is 107.8 MW comprising of:

  • a DIF III owned shareholding in projects with total capacity amounted to 97.8 MW; and
  • a DIF IV owned shareholding in projects with total capacity amounted to 10 MW.

The Portfolio includes a mix of ground-mounted and rooftop assets (including a number of assets developed by GreenYellow on Casino supermarkets), which achieved commercial operations between 2009 and 2016. Most plants were acquired by DIF during construction. They all benefit from 20-year Feed-in-Tariffs.

Andrew Freeman, Head of Exits, said: “We are pleased with the completion of the sale of the Portfolio that was successfully optimized throughout the life of the assets, starting with acquiring individual projects or small portfolios, bringing some of them through construction, completing refinancings of two sub portfolios in 2016 and 2017, recontracting and then exiting via a competitive portfolio sales process.”

DIF was advised by Astris Finance (Financial), Clifford Chance and LPA-CGR (Legal) and RINA (Technical).


About DIF

DIF is an independent infrastructure fund manager, with €5.6 billion of assets under management across seven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF Infrastructure V targets equity investments in public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), concessions, regulated assets and renewable energy projects with long-term contracted or regulated income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.
  • DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I targets equity investments in small to mid-sized infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and telecom sectors with mid-term contracted income streams that generate stable and predictable cash flows.

DIF has a team of over 115 professionals, based in eight offices located in Schiphol (the Netherlands), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Sydney and Toronto. Please visit www.dif.eu for further information.

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


About Tenergie

Tenergie is a French renewable energy operator, which operates over 600 solar power plants and wind farms and ranks as the fifth largest solar power producer in France. Created in 2008, Tenergie is an independent player. Our 80 employees share a strong team spirit and are deeply committed to foster the energy transition together with all stakeholders: industrial and commercial enterprises, farmers and local authorities in this common challenge. By producing local and clean energy, Tenergie contributes, with you, to the ongoing energy revolution.

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