10 November 2022  |  Schiphol

COP27: our commitment to net zero

The world is gathering in Sharm El-Sheikh for COP27 to discuss climate change and it has probably never felt as urgent as it does now. At the same time, a lot has happened already and important steps are being taken.

DIF Capital Partners joined the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative in 2021 and we committed our firm to being a net zero investor by 2050 or sooner.

But, we wanted to stretch this ambition. So we’ve set an interim target of 70% of our AUM to be aligning with net zero by 2030. We have already started collecting our portfolio’s carbon footprint and are developing decarbonisation plans for individual investments.

The title of our recently published 2022 ESG-report is ‘Accelerating the transition’. That’s not just a title. It is what we truly stand for and what we’re putting a lot of effort in every day.

Download our ESG report here.

9 November 2022  |  London

DIF invests EUR 150 million in Nordic solar developer Alight

DIF Capital Partners will acquire a majority stake in Stockholm-headquartered Alight, a leading developer of subsidy-free solar projects in the Nordics. The agreement includes an investment of EUR 150 million and a secondary buy-out of a number of existing shareholders. With the capital raised, Alight will accelerate the buildout of its near term pipeline of solar projects.

The company will do so by building out and retaining ownership of projects going forward and aiding the transition into an independent power producer. Alight built its foundation in the Nordic solar market by offering solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to major commercial and industrial (C&I) power users, and has developed several of Sweden’s largest solar parks in addition to delivering multiple onsite solar solutions. The investment will enable Alight to accelerate its build-out of new solar projects in the Nordics and more broadly across Europe.

Commenting on the investment, Alight CEO Dr Harald Overholm said: “I am proud of Alight’s journey so far and this investment will accelerate our leadership in the subsidy-free solar build-out. Our delivery of solar-as-a-service to major power users makes us a natural partner to companies of all sizes and industries. We are excited to work closely with DIF on progressing the corporate transition to renewables; they share our vision for the industry and the urgency of our work to accelerate the energy transition. Corporate power usage accounts for up to 70% of global electricity consumption, so making a prompt and effective shift to renewable energy is crucial. Solar remains the cheapest and quickest energy source to scale, so building more to deliver energy security and reduce emissions is crucial.”

Nine years on from its founding in 2013, Alight is now a leader in Europe’s commercial solar roll-out through its subsidy-free approach to solar PPAs. In its native Nordics, Alight has over 1 GW pipeline of projects under development, much of which will be built out within the next 24 months. Alight also has an additional 170 MW pipeline under development across Europe.

Commenting on their investment in Alight, Gijs Voskuyl, Partner of DIF and Head of Investments for DIF Infrastructure VII, said: “We have been impressed by Alight’s track record as a first mover in the growing Nordic solar market, in addition to their top quality customer-led approach to winning long-term solar contracts. We also share Alight’s vision on how to accelerate the energy transition in Europe and more specifically for their C&I customers, whilst also providing them with energy security at low cost in the current high power price environment. Alight’s team and outlook are a strong foundation to build upon and we are pleased to take this step, enabling Alight to realise its growth ambitions.”

Having set an initial target to build 1 GW of solar assets by 2025, Alight now aims to have 5 GW of PPA-backed solar projects delivered across the Nordics and Europe by 2030. Alight’s PPAs protect major power users from price surges by offering fixed prices on 10-20 year contracts. Alight is also leading the Swedish market roll out of co-located battery storage, a key component of ensuring that grid stability copes with the solar roll-out.

In October this year, Alight announced Sweden’s largest co-located solar-plus-storage plant to be completed in December at a 12 MW solar park in Linköping. Alight developed and operates Sweden’s largest operational solar park, an 18 MW asset developed for Martin & Servera in Skurup. The company aims to bring forward co-location storage on future projects and retrofit existing assets to include storage.

Alight was advised by Newsec Infra (financial) and Mannheimer Swartling (legal adviser). DIF was advised by Augusta & Co (financial) and DLA Piper (legal).

 

About Alight
Alight is a leading Nordic solar developer and Independent Power Producer, co-founded in 2013 by Dr Harald Overholm, Richard Nicolin and Wilhelm Lowenhielm to usher in a new era of solar power to businesses seeking to go greener. With an entirely subsidy-free business model, Alight develops and operates solar projects, onsite and offsite, across Europe. By 2030 Alight is set to have an installed capacity of at least 5 GW backed with solar PPA contracts. Alight is the leading solar PPA provider in the Nordics – with customers including Swedbank, Nolato, Kingspan and Toyota – and is developing more than 1 GW of PPA-based projects across Sweden, with a further 170 MW under development across the rest of Europe. In 2021, Alight joined the United Nations Global Compact as part of its support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with more than EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).
  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 200 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

 

Contact: Diederik Heinink, d.heinink@dif.eu

5 October 2022  |  Paris

DIF Capital Partners invests in leading global renewable energy platform Qair

Qair, a fast growing renewable energy platform company, and DIF Capital Partners, a leading global independent investment manager, are pleased to announce that they have signed a partnership agreement whereby DIF, through DIF Infrastructure VII, will invest in the company to accelerate its growth and portfolio build out.

Qair is an independent power producer that develops, owns, and operates multi-technology renewable energy projects. The platform is focused on a wide range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, utility scale solar, energy from waste, hydroelectricity, (battery) storage, hydrogen production, as well as tidal energy. Qair is a global player with a presence in 20 countries. The majority of its activities are based in France, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil. The company has 550 employees and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Qair has an operational portfolio of c. 1 GW, which is mainly comprised of (onshore) wind (c. 75%) and solar projects, as well as a development pipeline of 25 GW. The company benefits from strong development capabilities and foresees to add around 4 GW of renewable projects over the next five years.

Louis Blanchard, CEO of Qair: “With my partners Jean Marc Bouchet and RGreen, and the broader Qair team, we are happy to welcome DIF Capital Partners and join forces to pursue the development of our group’s strategy. We are confident that with the entrepreneurial spirit that drives us both, DIF will offer us the best support in our mission to accelerate the energy transition, especially within the current complex energy market.”

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner at DIF and Head of Investments for DIF Infrastructure VII adds: “DIF is delighted to partner with Qair and its management team and support them in their next phase of growth. We believe the company has built up an excellent track record and an impressive pipeline across a wide range of renewable energy sectors and countries and is very well positioned to play a leading role in the continuous decarbonization of the global economy”.

Qair was advised by August Debouzy, PSP Avocats, NM Advisory, 8 Advisory, PwC, Niddam-Drouas and Drooms. DIF was advised by Astris Finance, KPMG, H3P, Clifford Chance, UL, DNV, Baringa and Marsh.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 14 billion in assets under management across eleven closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VII is the latest vintage, target core and build-to-core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 200 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

6 September 2022  |  Schiphol

Willem Jansonius in Mid Market Roundtable | Infrastructure Investor September 2022

The magic of the mid-market.

In the 2022 edition of the Infrastructure Investor Mid Market Roundtable DIF’s Head of CIF Willem Jansonius explains why the mid market is such an interesting part of the infrastructure space, continuing to offer highly attractive investment opportunities for the DIF strategies.

To read the complete article, please open Willem Jansonius in Mid Market Roundtable (September 2022)

22 June 2022  |  Schiphol

DIF Capital Partners joins forces with Virya Energy to acquire a strategic position in Dutch green hydrogen developer VoltH2

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), through DIF Infrastructure VI, has acquired an interest in green hydrogen production facilities developer VoltH2 (the “Company”). DIF entered into a strategic partnership with Virya Energy, a leading Belgian renewable energy company, in acquiring a majority stake in the Company, with VoltH2’s founder André Jurres, retaining a meaningful share as well.

The Netherlands based VoltH2 holds permits and secured land plots for two production sites in Vlissingen and Terneuzen, with advanced planning underway for an additional site in Delfzijl as well as a number of early phase development positions. The three most advanced facilities have a capacity of initially 75 MW which can be scaled up to 250 MW. DIF’s and Virya’s involvement enables VoltH2 to realise its first green hydrogen production facilities in the near future and further expand the pipeline.

André Jurres, Managing Director of VoltH2: “This investment attests to the confidence in green hydrogen and in the growth of VoltH2. With the involvement of DIF Capital Partners and Virya Energy, we can anchor VoltH2 locally as well as internationally, achieve our ambitions and play a crucial role in the European energy market and energy transition.”

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner at DIF Capital Partners, adds: “We expect a significant demand increase for green hydrogen in the short and medium term. As an investor with a strong footprint and ongoing focus within the energy transition space, we aim to play a role in this fast growing and capital intensive market and believe VoltH2 as well as Virya Energy are excellent partners to realise these ambitions.”

About VoltH2

VoltH2 focuses on the design, development, construction and operation of green hydrogen facilities in Europe. The first two production facilities are currently being developed in Vlissingen and Terneuzen (the Netherlands). Both are expected to be operational in 2025. At start-up, each facility will produce nearly 2 million kg (1,890 tonnes) of green hydrogen per year. In time, this production will grow with the hydrogen market and will be scaled up. Because of its strategic location within North Sea Port, the end product will be transportable by road, rail and waterways. Local industry will be able to purchase green hydrogen in order to meet its environmental objectives. Recently, the project for a third green hydrogen facility was started in Delfzijl (within Groningen Seaports). VoltH2 is a collaboration between Volt Energy (the company of founder André Jurres), Virya Energy and DIF Capital Partners. www.volth2.com

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with ca. EUR 11 billion in assets under management across ten closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australia through two complementary strategies:

  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF III is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized core-plus infrastructure companies in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.
  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target core infrastructure equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and energy transition projects (incl. renewable energy).

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 190 professionals, based in eleven offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact: Thijs Verburg, t.verburg@dif.eu.

About Virya Energy

Virya Energy was founded in late 2019 by Colruyt Group and Korys. The energy holding company has shares in Parkwind, Eurowatt, Eoly Energy, Sanchore and recently also in VoltH2.

Virya Energy focuses on the development, financing, construction, exploitation and storage of renewable energy. All of these companies possess a wealth of complementary expertise. By sharing knowledge and enabling them to work together, Virya Energy aims to create economies of scale and take a leading role in the rapidly evolving renewable energy sector. Virya Energy and its subsidiaries worldwide have a capacity of 1 GW of green energy. This includes onshore and offshore wind power and a number of initiatives for green hydrogen such as Hyoffwind.

6 May 2022  |  London

Keynote Interview Caine Bouwmeester in II Energy Transition Report 2022

Infra managers need to take an agile approach to seize the best opportunities in the renewables as well as broader energy transition market.

In the 2022 edition of Infrastructure Investor’s Energy Transition Report, DIF’s Head of Renewable Energy Caine Bouwmeester explains why the renewable energy and energy transition market will continue to show strong growth and what DIF’s approach is to this highly attractive market, offering a wide variety of investment opportunities.

To read the complete article open II Key Note Interview with Caine Bouwmeester

8 March 2022  |  Schiphol

Keynote Interview Wim Blaasse in Annual Review Infrastructure Investor 2022

Infrastructure as an asset class has grown very quickly in the past years and opportunities for growth remain significant.

In the 2022 edition of the Infrastructure Investor Annual Review DIF Managing Partner Wim Blaasse explains why infrastructure as an asset class is so attractive, what’s the DIF approach towards tapping opportunities in the midmarket segment of the global infrastructure market and what’s his outlook for 2022 and beyond.

To read the complete article open Keynote Interview Wim Blaasse – Infrastructure Investor Annual Review (March 2022)

23 February 2022  |  Paris

DIF Capital Partners acquires 80% stake in French waste-to-energy project Dombasle Énergie

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of an 80% stake in Dombasle Énergie, a French greenfield waste-to-energy project, located in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe in the North-East of France. The investment is made through DIF Infrastructure VI, alongside Solvay (10%) and Veolia (10%).

The project comprises the replacement of three coal-fired boilers with a new boiler room equipped with two furnaces running on 350,000 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel (“RDF”) produced from various types of nonhazardous waste that cannot be recycled.

The EUR 225 million capex project is scheduled to become operational before the end of 2024 and will directly and indirectly employ over 1,000 people. The project will combust 344kt per annum and has a capacity of 181 MW thermal power and 17.5 MW electrical power from a steam turbine, which will be reused for the industrial process. As the first project of its kind in France, Dombasle Énergie will (i) cut the site’s carbon footprint by about 50% (240,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction) per year and (ii) create a new outlet for waste (primarily from the Grand Est and neighbouring regions) that was initially non-recyclable and which will now be transformed into green energy.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and head of DIF’s core infra investment strategies: “With increasing pressure on landfill capacity and concerted community efforts to reduce landfill levels, waste-to-energy represents a significant opportunity for the generation of affordable green power across the globe. We are delighted to partner with Solvay as well as Veolia in this ambitious project which will significantly reduce Solvay’s carbon footprint as well as reuse 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste, of which otherwise the majority would have been landfilled. Renewable energy investments are an essential part of DIF’s investment mandate, evidencing the company’s desire to positively contribute to a more sustainable future”.

The project secured long term non-recourse debt financing from Credit Agricole Leasing & Factoring’s subsidiary Unifergie and Bpifrance. Dombasle Énergie also benefited from the support of the Grand Est region and French environmental authority ADEME, as well as other private partners.

Advisors on the transaction included De Pardieu Brocas Maffei (legal) and H3P (financial) for the sponsors. The lenders were advised by Herbert Smith Freehills (legal), SETEC (technical) and Marsh (insurance). Other advisors included Sigée Finance (model audit), Willkie Farr & Gallagher (tax audit) and ESTER (hedging).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with more than €9.8 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure VI is the latest vintage, target, equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 180 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

More information:

Jorda Zuurendonk, Marketing & Communication Manager

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29 October 2021  |  Frankfurt

DIF Capital Partners and EDF INVEST sell German regulated utility company Thyssengas

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), a leading global independent infrastructure investment fund manager, through its fund DIF Infrastructure IV, together with EDF INVEST, are pleased to announce an agreement to sell their joint 100% ownership stake in Thyssengas Holding GmbH (“Thyssengas”), one of the largest German gas Transmission System Operators (“TSO”), to Macquarie Asset Management (“MAM”), via its fund Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund SCSp (“MSCIF”).

Thyssengas is Germany’s second largest gas TSO, headquartered in Dortmund. Using its 4,400-kilometre-long underground transmission system, the company annually transports around six billion cubic metres of natural gas – one-tenth of Germany’s entire consumption. The gas is delivered to more than 1,000 exit points leading to subsequent networks, industrial customers and power stations.

During DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s joint ownership, Thyssengas has seen significant RAB growth and has developed a sizable future capex project pipeline with more than €500 million of planned projects from 2021 to 2027. One of the largest expansion projects during DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s joint ownership of the company has been “ZEELINK”, a pipeline construction project at the German-Belgian border which was commissioned in May 2021, owned together by Thyssengas and Open Grid Europe (OGE) via a joint venture. Despite significant expansion of the grid, the company has managed to maintain a highly reliable network and an outstanding HSE track record. The implementation of a new digital management system for maintenance processes further helped management to deliver operational efficiencies.

Thyssengas is an industry thought leader and works at the forefront of innovation in the TSO space. In particular, the company is a frontrunner for the rollout of hydrogen in Germany and is actively engaged in hydrogen-related initiatives.

The transaction is expected to be finalised in Q1 2022, subject to customary merger control clearance and foreign investment approval requirements.

RBC Capital Markets served as DIF’s and EDF INVEST’s financial advisor, and Linklaters provided legal advice. Furthermore, DIF and EDF INVEST were supported by Ernst & Young, AFRY Management Consulting, and Willis Towers Watson.

About Thyssengas

Thyssengas is one of 16 German gas TSOs. Founded in 1921, when its predecessor company built the first gas transmission system in Germany, Thyssengas can look back on a 100-year history, during which it has developed great expertise. Thyssengas currently employs an engaged and motivated team of around 390 employees, across seven locations in Northern Germany. As a TSO, Thyssengas is certified as an Independent Transmission Operator (ITO) by Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the German Federal Network Agency.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds, of which DIF CIF II is the latest vintage, target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy, and transportation sectors.

DIF supports the goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in-line with global efforts as a result of the Paris Agreement to have net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 170 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact:
Thijs Verburg, IR & BD
Email: t.verburg@dif.eu

19 October 2021  |  Frankfurt

DIF Capital Partners to become majority shareholder in global solar PV platform ib vogt

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”), a leading global independent infrastructure investment fund manager, through its fund DIF Infrastructure VI, has reached an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in ib vogt GmbH (“ib vogt”), one of the world’s leading developers in utility-scale PV solar, from its current 100% shareholder (“DVV”).

With a total capacity, built or in construction, of over 2.2 GWp to date combined with a project development pipeline in excess of 40 GWp, ib vogt continues to benefit from strong growth and is a leading global utility scale solar PV development platform. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, ib vogt has established 27 offices across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and Africa as part of its presence in over 40 countries. The group works together with numerous partners globally, augmenting its in-house team of over 540 experts who are active in all areas of the solar value chain.

DIF and DVV have entered into this strategic partnership with the aim of accelerating ib vogt’s growth program and asset build out as well as to fast track the transition of the company towards an independent power producer (“IPP”) model that develops, owns, and operates solar and battery storage projects. As part of the agreement, DIF will acquire a 51% stake in ib vogt (excluding certain projects for regulatory reasons) and the shareholders will undertake a capital injection at closing.

“We are delighted to partner with DVV and the ib vogt team, who have proven to be one of the leading solar development platforms globally. The development, construction and operation of solar energy and battery storage plays a vital role in the decarbonisation of electricity markets across the world and we believe ib vogt is well placed to play a major role in this,” said Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for DIF Infrastructure VI. “We are excited to support the company and the highly experienced management team in the next phase of its growth, realising ib vogt’s impressive pipeline and continuing the transformation from a developer into a global IPP.”

“The partnership with DIF will have an energising effect for the company. We are delighted to be working with the DIF team. Our sector – and the company – are growing rapidly. The partnership represents an important and transformative next step in our evolution. It will help the company to reach new heights, accelerating the conversion of the tremendous pipeline potential that we have built up, and thereby creating a leading and value-adding IPP platform,” said Anton Milner, CEO of ib vogt.

“Our industry is pivotal in the fight against climate change. Together with DIF we have an opportunity to significantly increase the company’s contribution and impact in addressing this key global challenge. We are excited about our partnership and taking the company to the next level,” added Dagmar Vogt, founder and shareholder of ib vogt.

DVV was advised by Marathon Capital, Ikarus Capital as well as Hogan Lovells International LLP and AU VON POCHHAMMER Rechtsanwälte. DIF was advised by Evercore, Schenck Energy and Ashurst.

The transaction is subject to receipt of usual and customary regulatory approvals and consents for transactions of this nature. Closing is expected to take place during Q4 2021.

About ib vogt

ib vogt is firmly committed to supporting the decarbonisation of the global electricity sector. As an integrated developer, ib vogt specialises in the development, design, engineering, financing, EPC, operation, maintenance, and asset management of solar power plants, offering high-quality turnkey solutions to asset owners. The company currently has multiple hundred-MWp projects under construction with a multi-GWp international project pipeline.

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy, and transportation sectors.

DIF supports the goal of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in-line with global efforts as a result of the Paris Agreement to have net zero emissions by 2050, or sooner.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 170 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.

Contact:
Thijs Verburg, IR & BD
Email: t.verburg@dif.eu

9 June 2021  |  Toronto

DIF Capital Partners invests in 298 MW Kingfisher Wind project in the US

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure VI has executed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the equity interests of Kingfisher Wind (the “Project”), a 298 MW operating wind project located in Oklahoma, US. DIF will acquire the Project from an infrastructure fund managed by BlackRock. The final closing is expected to be completed in Q3 2021, following the required regulatory approvals and consents.

The Project is equipped with 149 Vestas V100 2.0 MW turbines, situated across approximately 19,000 acres of land. The turbine O&M is completed by Vestas, and the asset management & balance of plant, operation and maintenance work is performed by APEX Clean Energy. The Project has been operating since 2016 and benefits from contracted cash flows and selling electricity into the Southwest Power Pool.

The total production is about 1,100 GWh per year, which is the equivalent to the annual power consumption of around 100,000 households; thereby avoiding around 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from alternate generation sources.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Infrastructure at DIF Capital Partners, said: “DIF is pleased to increase our operating onshore wind holdings. We also see interesting synergies with earlier investments such as our DIF Infrastructure IV investment in the neighbouring Canadian Hills project. Clean energy is a key focus for DIF, and we look forward to continuing to provide clean reliable power to the Project’s customers and support the North American clean energy transition. The investment underlines DIF’s strong position in and commitment to the renewable energy market globally.”

DIF was advised by Agentis Capital (financial), Nixon Peabody LLP (legal and tax), Leo Berwick (tax and accounting), Black & Veatch (technical), and Basho Energy & PA Consulting (commercial).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €9.0 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 160 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. For further information please visit www.dif.eu

Contact: Allard Ruijs, Partner; a.ruijs@dif.eu.

1 June 2021  |  Frankfurt

DIF Capital Partners invests in 108 MW onshore wind project portfolio in Poland

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that DIF Infrastructure Fund VI has acquired 100% of four onshore wind projects in Poland, with a total capacity of 108 MW. DIF acquired the projects from German wind project developer Sabowind. As the projects are ready to build, DIF will invest throughout the construction of the projects.

The wind projects, which will be equipped with 54 Vestas V100 / V90 turbines, will be constructed under a turbine supply agreement by Vestas and under a tailored EPC contract by Sabowind. The projects are located across Poland. Construction commenced upon closing of the transaction and the projects are expected to become operational by Q3 2022 (two projects) and Q1 2023 (two projects). Once commissioned, Sabowind will be responsible for the technical and commercial management. The projects benefit from contracts-for-difference with the Polish state, providing fixed price tariffs for the power offtake for a period of 15 years.

The total production is estimated to be c. 300 GWh per year, which is the equivalent to the annual power consumption of around 75,000 households; thereby avoiding around c. 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from fossil fuels. The projects will support Poland’s energy transition by expanding the country’s renewable energy capacity and reducing dependency on power production from fossil fuels.

Christopher Mansfield, Partner at DIF Capital Partners, said: “DIF is delighted to enter into its second onshore wind transaction in the Polish renewables market and to support Poland’s ongoing energy transition. The projects fit well within the investment strategy of DIF Infrastructure Fund VI and with the earlier acquired Polish projects form an attractive wind portfolio with a total capacity of 171 MW, which is expected to be fully operational within the next 24 months. The transaction once again underlines DIF’s strong position in and commitment to the renewable energy market.”

DIF was advised by DNB (financial), Allen & Overy (legal), PwC (tax and accounting) and DNV (technical).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €9.0 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 160 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. For further information please visit www.dif.eu

Contact: Allard Ruijs, Partner; a.ruijs@dif.eu.