CVC has signed a preliminary agreement for the sale of PKP Energetyka

CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners Fund VI (“CVC”) has signed a preliminary agreement for the sale of PKP Energetyka, an energy distributor for the Polish railway sector and provider of traction network maintenance services, to PGE, the state-controlled- public power company and the largest power producing company in Poland for an EV of PLN 5,944.5 million. The transaction is subject to the standard regulatory approvals and depends on the conclusion of the legal dispute regarding the privatization of PKP Energetyka and obtaining consents from entities providing financing.

PKP Energetyka is one of the largest energy companies in Poland, responsible for the distribution of over 4 TWh of electricity annually, which is 2.9% of all energy in Poland. The company manages and develops critical infrastructure for Polish rail transport has and maintains 21.5 thousand km of power lines and owns over 800 substations, employing over 4,000 people.

During CVC’s ownership over the last seven years PKP Energetyka has been consistently implementing cutting-edge technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of its operations. The company operates a Workforce Management system, advanced data analytics systems, artificial intelligence-based algorithms to support the safety of the distribution network and rail traffic, as well as mobile and virtual training solutions. PKP Energetyka is highly technologically advanced, as exemplified by Europe’s largest traction energy storage facility in Garbce near Wroclaw, further supported by innovative hydrogen technology developed jointly with Polish scientists. The company’s transformation would not have been possible without the commitment of its employees, which is currently at almost 70% (with the Polish average at 48%). This is confirmed by receiving the Top Employer certificate four years in a row (2019-2022).

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We have carried out a complex transformation of the company over the past seven years. Through c.PLN 4 billion capex investments and value-creation programs, we have transitioned it from an analogue world to a digital one.

Krzysztof KrawczykPartner, CVC Capital Partners

Krzysztof Krawczyk, Partner at CVC Capital Partners, commented: “We have carried out a complex transformation of the company over the past seven years. Through c.PLN 4 billion capex investments and value-creation programs, we have transitioned it from an analog world to a digital one. This has allowed us to improve operational parameters, such as reducing the network outages from 331 in 2015 to 14 in 2021 and improving SAIDI power outage index by more than 3 times.

István Szőke, Managing Partner at CVC Capital Partners, added: “We are handing over the company in an excellent condition – today PKP Energetyka is fully ready to be the backbone of the transformation of the railroad power industry, crucial for the development of the entire sector, and has huge potential for further long-term development.”

Wojciech Orzech, President of the Management Board of PKP Energetyka, said: “The recent years of PKP Energetyka’s continuous growth are no coincidence. This is the result of implementing a carefully planned company transformation process. It would not have been possible without the huge commitment of the entire team, which believed in the vision of development and joined its co-creation and implementation from the very beginning. Quality, safety, commitment, efficiency – these four values have accompanied us from the beginning of the transformation and have been the foundation for the development of PKP Energetyka.”

The digital transformation allows the company, and the entire sector, to realize the strategic Green Railway® program, which aims to change the sector’s energy mix to 85% clean energy from renewable sources in 2030, and ultimately to 100%.

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EQT Infrastructure to acquire Madison Energy Investments, a leading integrated US solar distributed generation platform

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  • Transaction builds on EQT’s thematic investment strategy in the renewable energy space, adding a leading integrated renewable distributed generation platform that is a key contributor to the broader energy transition by providing solar and storage energy solutions
  • EQT Infrastructure to support MEI’s next phase of growth by providing ample access to growth capital to drive increased deployment of distributed solar and storage assets, leveraging in-house digital expertise to further optimize the organization, and expanding MEI’s reach across a broader customer base

EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT Infrastructure VI fund (“EQT Infrastructure”) has agreed to acquire Madison Energy Investments (“MEI”) from affiliates of Stonepeak Partners LP (“Stonepeak”).

Founded in 2019 and headquartered in Vienna, VA, MEI is a leading developer, owner, and operator of distributed solar and energy storage projects for commercial and industrial (“C&I”) and community-based (“community”) customers within the US. Since inception, MEI has built a leading portfolio of more than 386MW across the US. The MEI management team brings deep sector knowledge within distributed generation with more than 50 years of combined experience in acquiring, constructing, financing, and operating assets, having deployed more than 800MW across ~500 projects.

Spurred by customer demand and federal/state policy tailwinds, the distributed renewable generation industry continues to experience rapid growth and is a key facilitator of the broader energy transition. MEI’s on-site and proximate distributed energy projects address critical energy supply issues by delivering significant cost savings vs. retail electricity prices and enabling avoidance of transmission constraints for its customers. MEI’s innovative energy solutions are a key driver of C&I and community customers achieving their energy resiliency goals, which is essential for the global energy transition.

EQT Infrastructure will support the MEI management team and platform by providing access to growth capital to accelerate the deployment of distributed solar and storage assets, offering EQT’s in-house digital expertise to further digitize the organization, and expanding MEI’s reach across a broader customer base.

Alex Darden, Partner and Head of EQT’s US Infrastructure platform, said, “EQT Infrastructure has followed the renewable distributed generation market and MEI closely for several years given the strong thematic tailwinds supporting the sector, prior EQT experience in solar development and operation, and MEI’s strong position as a leading integrated platform in the US. The renewable generation sector is an increasingly important part of the energy transition, and we are excited to partner with the MEI team as they build on their strong track record and continue to provide solar and storage energy solutions that are not only better for the environment, but also have tangible cost savings for their customers.”

Richard Walsh, Managing Partner of MEI, said, “We are looking forward to partnering with EQT’s US infrastructure platform. EQT’s team, experience and growth mindset make them the ideal partner to amplify our business in achieving new heights in clean energy. This is an exciting chapter we call ‘MEI 2.0’ – a transformative time in the industry with strong policy tailwinds, compelling economics for our customers and ever-increasing demand for resiliency and ESG solutions. Our focus remains on our customers and our partners to lead them through this critical energy transition. We could not be more excited to lean into the EQT portfolio and accelerate that mission.”

The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals and is expected to close in Q1 2023. With the acquisition of MEI, EQT Infrastructure VI (target fund size of EUR 20.0 billion) will be 0-5 percent invested based on its target fund size. The agreement to acquire MEI is the first transaction signed by EQT Infrastructure VI, which means that the fund has been activated and started charging management fees. EQT Infrastructure V is expected to be 80-85 percent invested following recent acquisitions (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication) and continues to be in its commitment period but management fees will, following activation of EQT Infrastructure VI, be based on net invested capital.

EQT Infrastructure was advised by Barclays (financial) and Simpson, Thatcher, & Bartlett LLP (legal).

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US media inquiries: Stephanie Greengarten, stephanie.greengarten@eqtpartners.com, +1 646-687-6810
International media inquiries: EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security, and may not be used or relied upon in connection with any offer or solicitation. Any offer or solicitation in respect of EQT Infrastructure VI will be made only through a confidential private placement memorandum and related documents which will be furnished to qualified investors on a confidential basis in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The information contained herein is not for publication or distribution to persons in the United States of America. Any securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold without registration thereunder or pursuant to an available exemption therefrom. Any offering of securities to be made in the United States would have to be made by means of an offering document that would be obtainable from the issuer or its agents and would contain detailed information about the issuer of the securities and its management, as well as financial information. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration.

About EQT
EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with EUR 114 billion in assets under management within two business segments – Private Capital and Real Assets. EQT owns portfolio companies and assets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas and supports them in achieving sustainable growth, operational excellence, and market leadership.

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About MEI
Madison Energy Investments develops, constructs, owns, and operates distributed generation assets within the commercial and industrial (C&I) and small utility-scale sectors. The team’s diverse experience has produced best practices across all phases of the industry from origination to asset management. Quality partnerships and the ‘execution mindset’ drives MEI to be the best team in the industry.

More info: www.madisonei.com

About Stonepeak
Stonepeak is a leading alternative investment firm specializing in infrastructure and real assets with approximately $51.7 billion of assets under management. Through its investment in defensive, hard-asset businesses globally, Stonepeak aims to create value for its investors and portfolio companies, and to have a positive impact on the communities in which it operates. Stonepeak sponsors investment vehicles focused on private equity and credit. The firm provides capital, operational support, and committed partnership to sustainably grow investments in its target sectors, which include communications, energy transition, transport and logistics, and social infrastructure. Stonepeak is headquartered in New York with offices in Austin, Hong Kong, Houston, London, and Sydney.

More info: www.stonepeak.com

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Vow and ETEL team up for recycling of end-of-life tyres

Vow ASA announced December 20 that it has teamed up with European Tyre Enterprise Ltd. (ETEL), to deploy Vow’s advanced technology in a complete solution to convert end-of-life tyres to valuable raw material and renewable energy. ETEL has identified a potential demand for more than 300 tyre recycling plants in Europe, North America and Japan.

Murfitts Industries (Murfitts), which is a subsidiary of ETEL and the largest collector and processor of end-of-life tyres in the UK and ETIA, a subsidiary of Vow, have been working together for several years. The parties have developed a full industrial process, in which end-of-life tyres are valorised into a premium recovered carbon black.

ETEL is an international tyre and automotive service, maintenance, and repair group. It is a subsidiary of Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies.

“Together with Murfitts, ETEL and Itochu, we are forming a unique British-French-Japanese-Norwegian partnership. We see a huge opportunity for Vow technology and our combined competence and capacity in a rapidly emerging market. We have agreed to come together to offer a truly sustainable method for handling end-of-life tyres and at the same time decarbonise the tyre industry,” said Henrik Badin, CEO of Vow ASA.

Every year 30 million tonnes of end-of-life tyres are generated globally. As of today, around 30 percent of the tyre composition is virgin carbon black, an important component in tyre manufacturing. Virgin carbon black is produced by cracking fossil oil, a process which generate a large quantity of CO2. Today, all major tyre manufacturers are looking to replace part of the virgin carbon black with recovered carbon black in tyre production.

Pyrolytic oil and syngas, the two other products that are generated in the tyre recovery process are valorised into low carbon fuel or synthetic naphta to generate new low carbon molecules.

“The tyre industry is facing a significant environmental challenge on a global scale, and a great opportunity driven by circular economy incentives. We aim at deploying our solution firstly in Europe, North America, and Japan. Combined these regions represent a market of 8.6 million tons of end-of-life tyre or more than 300 industrial tyre recycling plants,” said Mark Murfitt of Murfitts.

The partnership between Vow and ETEL is defined and agreed in a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU is a continuation of more than two years of successful cooperation and joint operation of a first plant installed at Murfitts’ Lakenheath facility in the UK facility.

According to the MoU the parties will develop a modularised and scalable industrial solution and value chain to turn end-of-life tyres into recovered carbon black and clean energy. Vow will deliver its Biogreen reactor technology to the projects and to the companies that build, own, and operate the plants. ETEL has already identified the first three locations. Applications for building permits for these three sites are well underway.

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Latour invests in Qoitech

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2022-12-19

Investment AB Latour (publ) has, through its subsidiary Latour Future Solutions AB, signed an agreement to invest in Qoitech AB (”Qoitech”).

Qoitech offers solutions for energy optimization of products powered by batteries and various energy harvesting technologies. Sales take place on a global basis via digital channels and customers are found in around sixty countries. The business was started within Sony Mobile Communications and a spin-out of the company was carried out in 2019. Qoitech is headquartered in Lund with 9 employees.

“One of our investment areas is in the electrification of industry. Qoitech enables better battery utilization, sustainable electrified products, and shortened lead times in the development phase”, Pelle Mattisson, CEO of Latour Future Solutions AB.

“Qoitech combines hardware instruments with software-based analysis tools in a patented solution that has not been on the market before. With Latour as a long-term partner, we can continue growing both internationally and within new customer segments”, says Vanja Samuelsson, CEO of Qoitech AB and one of the company’s three founders.

The investment will be made via a directed share issue in Qoitech AB, where Latour Future Solutions AB enters as a 21,9% minority owner of the company.

Gothenburg, 19 December, 2022

INVESTMENT AB LATOUR (PUBL)
Johan Hjertonsson, CEO

For further information, please contact:
Pelle Mattisson, CEO, Latour Future Solutions AB, +46 705 80 06 57
Fredrika Ekman, Investment Director, Investment AB Latour, +46 72 584 93 43

Latour Future Solutions is an investment area within Latour that targets sustainability-focused growth companies. The goal is for the investments to create a sustainable society based on all dimensions; environmental, social and economic.

Investment AB Latour is a mixed investment company consisting primarily of a wholly-owned industrial operations and an investment portfolio of listing holdings in which Latour is the principal owner or one of the principal owners. The investment portfolio consists of ten substantial holdings with a market value of about SEK 65 billion. The wholly-owned industrial operations has an annual turnover of SEK 22 billion.

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Apollo Funds Provide $200 Million to WEC Energy Group Renewable Portfolio

Apollo Financing Supports WEC Energy’s Renewables Strategy

NEW YORK and MILWAUKEE, Dec. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apollo (NYSE: APO) and WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today announced that certain Apollo-managed funds (the “Apollo Funds”) have purchased approximately $200 million of senior secured notes of WEC Infrastructure Wind Holding II LLC (“Wind Holding”) in a private placement. Wind Holding, a wholly owned subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, owns the Tatanka Ridge and Jayhawk wind farms, which together provide 340 megawatts of renewable power generation and are fully contracted under long-term PPAs with high-quality offtakers.

Shawn Robinson, Partner and Co-Head of Private Fixed Income at Apollo, said, “We are pleased to provide an investment grade private capital solution to a WEC Energy affiliate on behalf of our clients. This high-quality investment supports significant renewable wind energy generation, and we expect to continue growing our relationship with WEC’s clean energy affiliates.”

Wind Holding is part of WEC Energy Group’s nonutility energy infrastructure business, which has agreements in place for majority ownership interests in wind and solar generating facilities that are capable of producing more than 1,700 megawatts of energy. These projects support WEC Energy Group’s aggressive environmental goals and commitment to building a bright, sustainable future that is affordable, reliable and clean.

For Apollo, the transaction aligns with its cross-platform collaborative approach and focus on private fixed income assets suitable for a broad range of clients. The investment also underscores Apollo’s commitment to driving a more sustainable future, including by funding renewable and energy transition assets and companies.

MUFG served as financial advisor to WEC Energy Group on the transaction. “This is MUFG’s second project finance engagement with WEC, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in support of WEC’s effort to build out its portfolio of renewable-energy projects,” said Fred Zelaya, Managing Director of Project Finance with MUFG.

About Apollo
Apollo is a global, high-growth alternative asset manager. In the asset management business, Apollo seeks to provide its clients excess return at every point along the risk-reward spectrum from investment grade to private equity with a focus on three business strategies: yield, hybrid, and equity. For more than three decades, Apollo’s investing expertise across its fully integrated platform has served the financial return needs of its clients and provided businesses with innovative capital solutions for growth. Through Athene, Apollo’s retirement services business, it specializes in helping clients achieve financial security by providing a suite of retirement savings products and acting as a solutions provider to institutions. Apollo’s patient, creative, and knowledgeable approach to investing aligns its clients, businesses it invests in, its team members, and the communities it impacts, to expand opportunity and achieve positive outcomes. As of September 30, 2022, Apollo had approximately $523 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.apollo.com.

About WEC Energy Group
WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation’s premier energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

The company’s principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the Midwest.

WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500 company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has approximately 38,000 stockholders of record, 7,000 employees and more than $40 billion of assets.

Apollo Contacts
Noah Gunn
Global Head of Investor Relations
Apollo Global Management, Inc.
(212) 822-0540
IR@apollo.com

Joanna Rose
Global Head of Corporate Communications
Apollo Global Management, Inc.
(212) 822-0491
Communications@apollo.com

WEC Energy Group Contacts
Beth Straka
Senior Vice President – Investor Relations
and Corporate Communications
414-221-4639
Beth.Straka@wecenergygroup.com

Brendan Conway
Director Media Relations
414-221-3728
Brendan.Conway@wecenergygroup.com

MUFG Contact

Assaf Kedem
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(212) 782-4926
akedem@us.mufg.jp


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Source: Apollo Global Management, Inc.

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tepeo raises £10.5 million to transform the way homes are heated

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tepeo, the British designer of the Zero Emission Boiler (ZEB®), has secured £10.5 million in funding to fuel the next stage of the company’s growth and bring it a step closer to its ambition of transforming the way homes are heated.

BGF is leading the round and is joined by tepeo’s existing investors Clean Growth Fund (CGF), Bonheur and Renewable Environmental Investments Ltd, all backing the future of clean, green and affordable home heating.

tepeo’s patented ZEB is a direct plug-n-play replacement for a gas, oil, LPG or electric boiler, and is a low carbon alternative without compromising on performance. Instead of relying on fossil fuels, its proprietary technology is powered by electricity and works like a battery to store heat efficiently until it is needed.

At present, 17% of all UK carbon emissions come from heating our homes. For most people this means that their homes present one of the easiest ways to reduce their carbon emissions significantly. Reducing this figure is a key component in addressing the climate crisis and meeting the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets by 2035.

The benefits of a ZEB stretch beyond carbon reduction, tackling local air pollution by eliminating the emission of particulates and other pollutants from domestic boilers. ZEBs have been designed to provide Demand Side Response (DSR) and flexibility services such as frequency response to Distribution Network Operators and National Grid, thereby supporting the needs of an increasingly low carbon electricity grid.

The funding will enable the British firm to develop its Wokingham head office, growing its production, R&D, assembly and commercial teams, as well as expanding sales across the UK. The goal is to decarbonise domestic heating and provide grid stability services that will support the deployment of further renewable generation across the national grid.

Johan du Plessis, founder and CEO of tepeo, said: “In the last twelve months we have launched our first ZEB and received an overwhelming amount of interest from consumers. We’ve tripled the size of the business and built a solid foundation for scale. This investment from BGF and our existing investors will enable us to scale-up our manufacturing and commercial operations, to offer ZEBs to more and more people across the UK and to start making meaningful progress on decarbonising heating. A ZEB is a simple, low carbon, plug ‘n’ play boiler replacement for consumers and will increasingly play a critical role in reducing the cost of the energy transition and stabilising the electricity networks. This funding is a clear vote of confidence in the enormous size of the opportunity ahead of us and our plans for expansion in order to address it.”

Dennis Atkinson, investor at BGF, said: “We are excited to be investing in tepeo, and in doing so, supporting the UK transition to a low carbon economy. Tepeo is at the forefront of the urgent activity being undertaken to reduce emissions from households and their innovative technology has an important role to play in the electrification of heating. tepeo’s ability to store and discharge heat in a cost-effective manner will also prove crucial in delivering this transition in an efficient way, at a time when energy costs are of crucial importance to consumers.  We look forward to working with Johan and his talented team and supporting tepeo to achieve its full growth potential.”

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CapMan Infra invests in solar developer Skarta Energy to transform it into an independent power producer

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CapMan Infra invests in solar developer Skarta Energy to transform it into an independent power producer 

CapMan Infra has agreed on a majority investment in Skarta Energy in a joint venture to be established together with its current parent company SkartaNYAB Plc. The joint venture will develop renewable energy projects, with initial focus on solar in Finland and a strategy to develop-to-own and becoming an independent power producer. The development of solar energy supports the green transition, while improving energy security in the Nordic countries.

Skarta Energy was established in 2021 and has a strong pipeline of mainly solar energy projects with a combined production capacity of over 1.0 GW in various phases. Skarta Energy has a unique and experienced team of eight, which has established a strong platform for further growth. Currently, Skarta Energy is developing its first utility scale solar project in Utajärvi where construction for phase 1 is expected to start in late 2023. Over the next five years the target is to develop and operate c. 500 MW of production, which corresponds to the power consumption of over 20,000 households.

“We are very excited about this first investment of CapMan Infra’s second infrastructure fund. Skarta Energy is well positioned in its own right to drive the necessary green transition and increase the security of electricity supply within our Nordic home markets. Currently, solar energy accounts for only half a percent of all electricity produced in Finland, a figure which is expected to increase significantly as Finland is targeting to become fossil fuel free by 2035. This has led to strong corporate and consumer demand and support for green electricity.  We are very excited to partner with SkartaNYAB to develop the nascent Finnish solar market and build Skarta Energy into a leading independent power producer together,” says Harri Halonen, Partner at CapMan Infra.

“We have found the right partner to accelerate our vision to build a cleaner future. SkartaNYAB’s expertise in project development and energy engineering as well as energy construction is hereby combined with CapMan’s expertise in the renewable sector and ability build and grow successful infrastructure businesses. Skarta Energy will be a significant player to improve energy self-sufficiency in Finland,” says Johan Larsson, CEO of SkartaNYAB Plc.

CapMan Infra will own 60% of the joint venture Skarta Energy. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2022.

CapMan Infra’s investment focus is core and core+ infrastructure assets in the energy, transportation and digital infrastructure sectors in the Nordics. This investment is the first for the CapMan Nordic Infrastructure II fund established in 2022 and with a €400 million target size. The CapMan Infra team comprises 11 investment professionals based in Helsinki and Stockholm.

For more information, please contact: 

Harri Halonen, Partner, CapMan Infra, tel. +46 768 71 0062

About CapMan 

CapMan is a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation. We offer a wide selection of investment products and services. As one of the Nordic private equity pioneers, we have developed hundreds of companies and real estate assets and created substantial value in these businesses and assets over the past 30 years. With over €4.9 billion in assets under management, our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover Private Equity, Real Estate and Infra. We also have a growing service business that includes procurement services, fundraising advisory, and analysis, reporting and wealth management services. Altogether, CapMan employs around 180 people in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Luxembourg. We are a public company listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001 and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2012. Read more at www.capman.com

About SkartaNYAB 

SkartaNYAB is a builder of a clean future with decades of experience in complex and demanding projects. We are enabling green transition in the Nordics by providing engineering, construction, and maintenance services to public and private sector clients regarding renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. SkartaNYAB is headquartered in Oulu and it has more than 300 employees at different locations in Finland and Sweden. 

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Partners Group to sell CWP Renewables, a major Australian renewable energy platform

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Sydney, Australia; 7 December 2022

  • Partners Group built CWP from the ground up, transforming it into one of the largest renewable energy platforms in Australia
  • The Platform has 1.1 GW of operational onshore wind assets, including Murra Warra I & II
  • Renewable energy is a core thematic focus for Partners Group, which seeks to invest in next-generation infrastructure assets that benefit from decarbonization trends

Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, has, on behalf of its clients, agreed to sell CWP Renewables (“CWP” or “the Platform”), a vertically integrated renewable energy platform in Australia, to Squadron Wind Energy Assets.

CWP’s renewable energy platform spans onshore wind and battery farms, and provides power to clients including Transurban, Woolworths Group, Sydney Airport, Commonwealth Bank, and Snowy Hydro. It currently operates over 1.1 GW of wind assets including Sapphire Wind Farm, which has 75 turbines generating up to 270 MW, Murra Warra I & II (with a combined 435 MW), Bango Wind Farm (244 MW), and Crudine Ridge (142 MW). CWP’s portfolio also includes a construction-ready 414 MW wind farm and a 30 MW battery project. The Platform has a project pipeline including 5 GW of near-medium term projects and an additional 15 GW at an early stage of development.

Partners Group developed CWP from the ground up in line with its long-term and thematic approach to investing in next-generation infrastructure assets that benefit from decarbonization trends. The firm invested in Sapphire Wind Farm, the first of the CWP assets to be constructed, in 2016. In building CWP, Partners Group successfully managed projects towards commercial operation dates, installed best-in-class teams to handle daily operations, arranged long-term power purchase agreements, and implemented a portfolio debt staple to replace individual asset specific project finance facilities, all with a view to the long-term sustainability of the Platform.

Martin Scott, Head of Australia, Partners Group, says: “We are proud to have built a major renewable energy platform that is set to play a key role in decarbonizing Australia’s energy mix and supporting the country and its businesses in meeting their ambitious net zero ambitions.”

Andrew Kwok, Head of Private Infrastructure Asia, Partners Group, comments: “The Platform, including late-stage construction assets, creates enough energy to power 200,000 homes, employs more than 1,000 Australians, and avoids 2.1 million tons of emissions through its renewable power generation.”

Nick Kuys, Head of Private Infrastructure Asset Management Asia, Partners Group, adds: “The assets in the CWP platform benefit from talented operations teams and long-term contracts, which provide highly visible cashflows.”

Partners Group’s Private Infrastructure business has USD 21 billion in assets under management and has made over 130 investments in 18 countries globally. Partners Group has invested over USD 3.8 billion in renewable energy assets globally.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Partners Group was advised by Macquarie Capital as its financial advisor and Clifford Chance as its legal advisor.

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Partners Group to acquire Sunsure Energy, a leading renewable energy platform in India

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Mumbai, India; 8 December 2022

  • Partners Group will invest up to USD 400 million to transform Sunsure into a next-generation independent power producer
  • Sunsure will help businesses in India meet their decarbonization targets
  • The Platform targets 3 GW of capacity from Partners Group’s equity commitment

Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, has, on behalf of its clients, agreed to acquire a majority stake in Sunsure Energy (“Sunsure” or “the Platform”), a leading renewable energy and decarbonization solutions platform in India. Partners Group will invest up to USD 400 million in the Platform.

Founded in 2015, Sunsure has historically built solar plants for Commercial & Industrial (“C&I”) customers and third-party renewable power producers in India. Under Partners Group’s ownership, Sunsure will be transformed into a next-generation independent power producer that will build and own utility-scale solar, wind, solar-wind hybrid, and battery storage renewable energy projects. The Platform is targeting over 3 GW of operational capacity and will be focused on selling power directly to C&I customers through long-term Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”). The Platform also plans to help customers meet decarbonization and energy cost reduction targets by expanding the scope of existing client relationships to provide additional value-added services, such as energy-as-a-service and carbon credit management. India is the third largest electricity market in the world, with C&I customers consuming over 50% of the power generated in the country. This consumption is expected to continue rising in line with India’s real GDP growth. The vast majority of this power demand today is sourced from non-renewable sources.

Partners Group, which has extensive experience in the renewable energy and decarbonization sectors, will work closely with the Sunsure founding team and management on achieving the Platform’s vision and delivering value creation initiatives.

Luv Parikh, Managing Director, Private Infrastructure Asia, Partners Group, says: “Sunsure is a transformational, next-generation infrastructure investment opportunity in India’s growing renewable energy sector, which has been a thematic focus area at Partners Group for many years. We intend to help companies operating in India meet decarbonization goals and assist in the country’s overall energy transition. Through this investment, we will support Sunsure in executing on its pipeline of renewable projects and assist them in offering new services to C&I customers. We look forward to working with the team.”

Shashank Sharma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sunsure Energy, comments: “At Sunsure, we are looking to bridge the gap between the availability of significant solar and wind energy resources in India and the production of solar and wind power. Since inception, we have delivered solar power to C&I clients across multiple industries in 16 states. We believe Sunsure’s transition into an independent power producer is the best way to ensure more businesses benefit from low-cost solar and wind power in the future. Partners Group’s extensive experience in the renewables and decarbonization sectors across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, as well as its financial resources, make the firm an ideal partner for the Sunsure platform.”

The Sunsure founding team includes Shashank Sharma, Shantanu Faugaat, Manish Mehta, Kartikeya N. Sharma, and Tarunveer Singh.

Bharath Rajagopalan, Member of Management, Private Infrastructure Asia, Partners Group, adds: “Sunsure is well-positioned to achieve positive stakeholder impact over the long term by helping businesses reduce their carbon emissions. There is also a strong economic rationale for India’s C&I customers to purchase renewable power directly from independent producers such as Sunsure. The government’s far-sighted and favorable renewable energy policy, as well as India’s resilient economic growth, are additional tailwinds that attracted us to Sunsure and the Indian renewable energy space.”

Partners Group’s Private Infrastructure business has USD 21 billion in assets under management and has made over 130 investments in 18 countries globally.

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KKR to Invest $400 Million in Decarbonization Platform Serentica Renewables

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November 8, 2022

  • Serentica seeks to enable the energy transition for energy-intensive, hard-to-abate industrial sectors by providing complex clean energy solutions
  • Transaction is among the largest industrial decarbonization investments in India to date

NEW DELHI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Serentica Renewables (“Serentica” or the “Company”), a decarbonization platform that seeks to enable the energy transition by providing complex clean energy solutions for energy-intensive, hard-to-abate industries, today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR will invest $400 million in the Company.

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Serentica looks to deliver round-the-clock clean energy solutions for large-scale, energy-intensive industrial customers. This includes providing renewable energy solutions through long-term Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) and working closely with customers to design their paths to net-zero electricity. Currently, the Company has entered into three long-term PPAs and is in the process of developing ~1,500 MW of solar and wind power projects across various states including Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. Serentica’s medium term goal is to install 5,000 MW of carbon-free generation capacity coupled with different storage technologies and supply over 16 billion units of clean energy annually and displace 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Serentica’s launch builds on the favorable macroeconomic tailwinds behind India’s power and renewables sectors, as well as the government’s strong commitment to advancing India’s energy transition. In addition, Serentica looks to provide clean energy alternatives to the critical but hard-to-abate industrial sectors that continue to drive India’s development and economic growth. As energy demands continue to rise alongside India’s developmental needs and prosperity, there is significant potential for renewable energy to play an important role in meeting the energy needs of the industrial sector in a sustainable manner.

Pratik Agarwal, Director of Serentica Renewables, said, “We are happy to have a like-minded strategic partner in KKR who believes in our model of sustainable development. The world is undergoing a clean energy transition and India is at the forefront of this effort with its ambitious target of 450GW by the year 2030. This investment will allow us to leap ahead in our vision of decarbonizing large energy intensive industries and help in reversing climate change. This transaction is amongst the largest industrial decarbonization investments in India to date and carries forward the global decarbonization agenda which is centre stage at COP27 (2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference).”

Hardik Shah, Partner at KKR, said, “Our investment in Serentica reflects KKR’s confidence in India’s renewables sector and our commitment to advancing the energy transition in India. Energy-intensive, heavy-industry companies play an important role in society but have traditionally faced more challenges in meeting energy needs sustainably. With Serentica, we look to support these companies in their decarbonization objectives. We are delighted to back Serentica through this latest strategic partnership and are excited to develop Serentica into a leading decabonization platform that can contribute meaningfully to the energy transition requirements that lie ahead of us.”

Standard Chartered Bank acted as the sole financial advisor to Serentica for this transaction.

KKR makes its investment from its Asia Pacific Infrastructure strategy. The transaction in Serentica marks KKR’s latest investment in India and the renewables sector. Since 2011, KKR has deployed over $15 billion in equity globally to invest in renewable assets, such as solar and wind, which have an operational power generation capacity of 23 GW, as of December 31, 2021. In Asia Pacific, KKR sees renewables as core to its infrastructure strategy and seeks to invest behind the significant opportunities across the region.

About Serentica Renewables

Established in 2022, Serentica Renewables is 100% held by Twinstar Overseas Limited (“TSOL”) which also owns controlling stakes in Sterlite Power Transmission Limited & Sterlite Technologies Ltd. Serentica Renewables looks to provide round-the-clock clean energy solutions enabling the transition of large-scale, energy-intensive industries to clean energy. The company is focused on industrial decarbonization, by making renewables the primary source of energy for the commercial & industrial segment which consumes more than 50% of the electricity generated in India. Serentica aims to provide assured renewable energy through a combination of solar, wind, energy storage and balancing solutions.

For more details on Serentica, please visit www.serenticaglobal.com

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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For Serentica Renewables:
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contact@serenticaglobal.com

For KKR:
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WeiJun.Ong@kkr.com

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