16 juni 2023
DIF Capital Partners (via its DIF Infrastructure VII fund) is pleased to announce that it has reached a close on financing co-located solar generation and battery storage portfolio in the UK.
DIF, together with 10% co-shareholder ib vogt, acquired the portfolio in November 2022. The portfolio consists of seven ready-to-build sites with a total capacity of 720MW (380MW solar and 340MW Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).
The financing structure covers the first 540MW of projects in the portfolio and comprises of fully committed senior debt facilities. It also includes an equity bridge loan provided by a club of senior lenders comprising ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, NAB, KFW and Lloyds, with Lloyds acting as agent. There is a further uncommitted accordion facility to expand the financing for the final 180MW of projects in the portfolio.
DIF is also pleased to announce significant progress on the commercialisation of the portfolio since acquisition. The first two projects in the portfolio have commenced construction, with an expectation that all projects will be operational between 2024 and 2025.
Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Infrastructure at DIF Capital Partners, said: “We are delighted to announce this major milestone in the commercialization of a landmark UK solar and battery portfolio. These assets will play a significant role in the UK’s energy transition.
We’re particularly happy to have secured an innovative, market leading portfolio financing agreement – the first of its kind for such a portfolio in the UK.
DIF is grateful to the strong club of lenders supporting the portfolio, many of whom represent key relationships for DIF. We look forward to bringing this landmark portfolio into operation and make a significant contribution to the UK’s efforts to achieve net zero by 2050.”
DIF was advised by Elgar Middleton, Lazard, CMS, DNV and Natural Power.Source: DIF
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