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15 August 2016 2016 02:44 PM GMT

Ellomay Capital Sees Growth, Investing €200m In Dutch Waste To Energy Projects

Ellomay Capital Ltd., an emerging operator in the renewable energy and energy infrastructure sector, has announced a strategic agreement with Ludan Energy Overseas B.V. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ludan Engineering Co. Ltd. in connection with Waste to Energy (specifically Gasification and Bio-Gas (anaerobic digestion)) projects in the Netherlands. Ludan’s affiliates currently own certain rights in a few biogas plants and were involved in the design and/or construction of fourteen biogas projects in the Netherlands and Spain.

As part of the deal, Ellomay will acquire at least 51% interest in each project while Ludan will hold the remaining 49% stake.The deals are subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, including projects reaching financial close and receiving a subsidy from the Dutch authorities. The overall cost of the projects is estimated to be approximately €200m.

The operation period for each of the projects is expected to be approximately twelve years. Ludan, by itself or through its affiliates, will act as the engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) contractor and as the operation and maintenance (“O&M”) contractor for the Bio Gas projects, based on specific agreements. In addition, Ludan will  receive a development fee for each project following financial closing in different amounts depending on the projects’ type and size.

Ran Fridrich, CEO of Ellomay noted that “We are excited about this new opportunity and our entry into the Netherlands renewable energy market and the Waste-to-Energy market. The Netherlands’ waste-to-energy market is expected to grow rapidly, as the Dutch government started taking actions to increase the renewable energy usage in order to reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels. As part of this initiative, actions are taken to significantly increase green gas installations in the Netherlands by 2020, which will also assist the Dutch authorities with mitigating the environmental side effects of the growing Dutch milk industry. This new opportunity is in line with Ellomay’s operating objective to expand its operations in the renewable and clean energy market and exploit attractive investment opportunities.”

Ellomay is based in Israel and since 2009, it has focused its business in the energy and infrastructure sectors worldwide. Ellomay (formerly Nur Macroprinters Ltd.) previously was a supplier of wide format and super-wide format digital printing systems and related products internationally and sold this business to Hewlett-Packard Company during 2008 for more than $100 million.

To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested significant funds in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy, and Spain, including:

  • Approximately 22.6MW of photovoltaic power plants in Italy and approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain; and
  • 9.375% indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel’s largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 850 MW, representing about 6%-8% of Israel’s total current electricity consumption.

Ellomay Capital is controlled by Shlomo Nehama, Hemi Raphael, and Ran Fridrich. Mr. Nehama is one of Israel’s leading businessmen and the former Chairman of Israel’s leading bank, Bank Hapohalim, and Messrs. Raphael and Fridrich both have extensive experience in financial and industrial businesses. These controlling shareholders, along with Ellomay’s dedicated professional management, accumulated substantial experience in structuring business deals internationally.

August 5th 2017
Invenergy, GE Renewable Energy Announce 2GW Facility: Largest Wind Farm In US

Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy have announced a 2GW wind farm that will be the largest in the U.S. and second-largest in the world, once operational, in 2020. The Wind Catcher facility is under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle and will use 800 state-of-the-art GE 2.5 MW turbines. It will link more than 1.1 million customers with wind energy harvested domestically, saving them more than $7 billion, and will support 4,000 direct and 4,400 indirect jobs annually during construction and 80 permanent jobs once operational. “Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at Giga scale,” said Invenergy’s Founder and CEO Michael Polsky.

August 9th 2017
IDFC Alternatives Fund Acquires Solar Projects Totaling 190MW From First Solar

India Infrastructure Fund II (IIF II), represented by its investment manager, IDFC Alternatives Limited, one of India’s largest alternatives fund managers, is to acquire seven operating solar projects owned and operated by the First Solar Group in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana aggregating to a capacity of 190 MW. All the projects utilise First Solar’s advanced CdTe (Cadmium Telluride) based thin film modules, one of the most environmentally friendly PV technologies, and sell the power generated to state utilities, under long term power purchase agreements. Aditya Aggarwal, Partner, IDFC Alternatives stated that “consistent with its stated strategy of aggregating operating renewable assets, IIF II is well on its way to achieving an installed base of 400-450 MW of operating renewable assets by the end of the current financial year.”

August 14th 2017
Offshore Wind Drives 6.1 GW Of European Wind Installations In First Half Of 2017

6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends. WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, Pierre Tardieu, said: “We are on track for a good year in wind capacity installations but growth is driven by a handful of markets. At least ten EU countries have yet to install a single MW so far this year. Although this won’t translate into lower installations for another few years, the industry needs clarity on volumes for the post-2020 period to maintain the current cost reduction trend”.