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Macquarie makes EUR 100M debt investment in renewable portfolio developer

Macquarie makes EUR 100M debt investment in renewable portfolio developer
Falck Renewables Rende is a 15 MW biomass power plant located in Cosenza, Italy (image courtesy Google Maps).

Macquarie Asset Management, part of the world's largest infrastructure investor Macquarie Group, on behalf of its institutional clients and managed funds including the Macquarie Green Energy Debt Fund, has announced that it has provided EUR 100 million of debt financing to Italy-headed Green Bidco SpA, the controlling company of Falck Renewables SpA Group (Falck Renewables).

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Falck Renewables is a developer, owner, and operator of renewable energy plants in Europe and the US, with an existing portfolio comprised of 62 wind, solar, waste-to-energy, biomass, and energy storage projects representing 1 420 MW of combined capacity as of August 31, 2022.

Falck Renewables estimates that the portfolio avoids approximately 550 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per annum. These outcomes align with the net zero ambitions of the jurisdictions Falck Renewables operates within.

Macquarie Asset Management conducted enhanced due diligence to ensure the portfolio’s performance across environmental, social, and governance factors aligned with the expectations of Macquarie Asset Management’s investors.

With the energy transition front of mind for investors, we are very pleased to provide this financing. The investment represents a valuable opportunity for our clients to back the continued development of more sustainable, low-carbon energy solutions and technologies, Alice Pulbrook, SVP at Macquarie Asset Management.

Macquarie Asset Management’s private credit offering spans solutions for clients across infrastructure, real estate, and structured credit, with US$11.4 billion of assets under management as of June 2022.

This announcement follows a suite of recent activity by the team across the renewable energy sector, including a GBP 275 million refinancing of a UK solar power portfolio owned by Vantage Solar UK, and a EUR 43 million debt investment in a Spanish concentrated solar power plant owned by Q-Energy.

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