Augusta & Co. (Augusta) has announced that it has overseen the sale of one Norwegian and two Swedish wind energy projects, accounting for a total 558MW of largely unsubsidised renewable energy capacity.
These sales demonstrate ongoing appetite for international investment in the Nordic wind energy sector, highlighting both the success of the market as a model for post-subsidy development, and the diversity of investors it continues to attract.
The deals include:
“In EWZ, Ardian and TRIG, we have three distinct buyer types showing a strong commitment to Nordic wind energy – namely a Swiss utility, a French private investment house and a large UK-listed renewables portfolio owner,” believed Justin Fitzhugh, Partner, Augusta & Co.
“What these buyers have in common is confidence in the ability of Nordic wind energy assets to deliver long-term, stable returns. Each deal will close with no offtake agreement or financing in place – which is a testament to the strength and opportunities of this PPA-driven merchant market.”
Augusta’s work advising Norsk Vind Energi, OX2 and Arise/Platina builds on a long track record supporting pioneering transactions in the Nordic renewable energy market.
The Måkaknuten deal is Augusta’s third supporting Norsk Vind Energi, following on from the sale of the 294MW Bjerkreim Cluster project to Luxcara, and associated signing of a long-term PPA with corporate offtaker Facebook. It also follows the largest corporate PPA signed with Google in Europe, as part of the 2016 sale of the 160MW Tellenes wind farm in Norway to investor BlackRock.
The sale of Project Åndberg on behalf of OX2 was one of the fastest-moving transactions Augusta has handled. “The deal attracted a strong level of international interest,” said Simon Clement-Davies, Managing Director, Augusta & Co. “OX2 was able to frame the parameters of the transaction with Ardian and deliver close in almost record time, testament to the strength of interest in the market, even without reliance on subsidy.”
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