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Goldman Sachs, CPPIB, ADIA invest $300 mn into ReNew Power via rights issue

Goldman Sachs Inc, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the existing investors of ReNew Power, are putting in an additional $300 million into the green energy company through a rights issue, people with knowledge of the matter told ET.

Proceeds from the issue may be used for a combination of purposes. These include financing business growth and repaying existing debt taken for inorganic growth plans executed earlier. “The company wants to increase confidence levels among investors with the proposed fund mop-up,” said one of the persons cited above. ReNew is said to be repaying some debt obligation coming up in the next few months.

The rights issue follows earlier plans of a bond issuance, which has temporarily been put off due to tepid investor appetite globally for risk assets. Bonds could still be issued later.

It is not clear if Japan's LNG major JERA, which has a 10% stake ...

May 31, 2019


Asian renewable investment to overtake upstream oil and gas spending in 2020

Renewable energy investment in the Asia-Pacific region will overtake spending on oil and gas exploration by 2020, consultancy Rystad Energy said on Monday.
Total capital expenditure in renewables will rise above $30 billion in the region by 2020, just overtaking investment into exploration and production for oil and natural gas, the consultancy said.

India, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea will be the leading destinations for investment in Asia, according to Rystad.

The company focuses on China separately and did not include the nation in this assessment. China is the world's biggest investor into renewables and also one of the leading spenders in upstream oil and gas.

Investment into renewables is being supported by government policies such as solar and wind feed-in-tariffs across the region.

"Importantly, most (countries) have large targets outlining the inclusion of renewable power sources within their respective energy mixes, with corresponding support policies," said Gero Farruggio, Rystad's head of renewables.

Rystad said ...

May 27, 2019


Icelandic pension funds and British fund buy geothermal firm HS Orka

As reported this morning in Iceland, Jardvarmur slhf, a company jointly owned by 14 pension funds in Iceland, has decided to exercise its pre-emptive right in the only private power company in Iceland, HS Orka for the 54 per cent stake sold by Canadian energy company Innergex in HS Orka. In the sale process, a fund by Australian investment bank Macquarie put in the winning offer in Magma Energy Sweden A.B, which holds the the 54 stake in HS Orka, but with the step by the pension funds this sale did not go through.

Subsequently, Ancala Partners, a foreign partner of Jardvarmur will subsequently purchase a 50% share in HS Orka versus Jardvarmur, as stated in the company announcement.

In the announcement of Innergex to the Canadian exchange this morning, the purchase price is USD 299.9 million, equivalent to ISK 37.3 billion. The market value of HS Orka, based on the purchase ...

May 24, 2019


Innovative geothermal drilling technology receives DOE funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced funding of up to $22 million in grants for small businesses to demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations as specified under theprogram.

Of the 12 topics, two were for the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and five under a joint topic of advanced manufacturing and the GTO.

The following awards have been announced this week that are relevant to geothermal.

E-Spectrum Technologies Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  – $194,694

A Machine Learning Based Geothermal Drilling Optimization System Using EM Short-Hop Telemetry of Bit Dynamics Measurements

Improvements in the telemetry of downhole drilling data are needed to optimize drilling performance and reduce geothermal well costs. This project uses short- hop downhole communications, downhole processing, pattern recognition, machine-learning algorithms, and long-range EM technology to create a Geothermal Drilling Optimization System to maximize penetration rates and drill bit life.

Ozark Integrated Circuits Inc., Fayetteville, Arkansas. – $204,902

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May 22, 2019


Polaris Infrastructure raising funds of up to $25m for development purposes

Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSX:PIF) announced that it has increased the size of its previously announced private placement of convertible debentures to $20,000,000. In addition, Cormark Securities Inc., Clarus Securities Inc., and a syndicate of agents will now have an option to sell an additional $5,000,000 in Convertible Debentures under the offering for total gross proceeds of $25,000,000 (if exercised in full).

As previously announced, the Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes and to provide the flexibility to pursue further corporate development opportunities in Peru and similar jurisdictions in Latin America.

Polaris Infrastructure operates the 72 MW San Jacinto geothermal project located in Nicaragua and a 5 MW run-of-river project in Peru. The Company is also completing the construction of another 28 MW of run-of-river projects also located in Peru. It has further announced an interest in further hydro projects, but it is not clear ...

May 17, 2019


China sets renewable power quotas for 2019, 2020

China set mandatory renewable power quotas for each of its region for 2019 and 2020, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday, in an attempt to promote the use of clean energy in the country.

Local grid companies will have to purchase a certain volume of electricity from renewable energy generators, the NEA said.

The targets, setting as a portion of renewable energy use in total energy mix, vary from 10% in eastern province of Shandong to as high as 88% in southwestern province of Sichuan in 2019 based on their energy structure.

The draft plan was launched in November.

Apart from checks from local authorities, central government will also deploy inspectors to monitor the implementation of the policy, the NEA statement said.

/Source: REUTERS/

May 16, 2019


Basic Energy plans capital increase to gain investors for development

Basic Energy Corp., listed on the Philippines Stock Exchanges is planning to double its capital stock to allow potential investors joining the company and secure sufficient funds for the company’s geothermal and renewable energy development activities.

The proposed capital increase will allow potential investors to come into the company and provide a certain flexibility for fundraising.

The company announced that a potential investor is currently conducting legal and financial due diligence review.

Basic Energy is developing several geothermal projects namely the Mabini Geothermal Service Contract in Batangas, Mt. Mariveles Geothermal Project in Bataan and Mt. Iriga Geothermal Project in Albay.

Recently, two of its geothermal contracts were terminated by the Department of Energy, as we reported.

Apart from pursuing geothermal developments, it is also eyeing opportunities in other renewable energy projects, such as solar, wind and biomass energy, and is currently undergoing due-diligence studies and work.

/Source: PhilStar/

May 13, 2019


Aquila Capital fund to raise cash for renewables investment via London IPO

* Aquila European Renewables Income Fund said it seeks to raise 300 million euros ($337 million) for clean energy investment through an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange, it said on Friday.

* The fund, owned by Hamburg-based Aquila Capital, wants to invest in solar, wind and hydropower assets across continental Europe and the Republic of Ireland.

* It said it plans to acquire mostly operational assets which generate income and Aquila Capital has identified opportunities across Iberia and Scandinavia which could be suitable for acquisition.

* "We are excited to float our fund in London which has established itself as the home of investment trust listings in Europe including a number of renewable funds," said Ian Nolan, chair of the fund.

/Source: REUTERS/

May 10, 2019


Piramal, Canadian pension fund set up $600 million renewable energy trust

Piramal Enterprises Ltd said on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canada's biggest public pension fund to co-sponsor a $600 million infrastructure trust focused on renewable energy.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) will initially contribute $360 million to the fund with Piramal adding $90 million, the Indian conglomerate said.

The remaining amount will be raised from other investors, Mumbai-based Piramal said.

CPPIB will hold up to 60 percent stake in the trust, while Piramal will own 15 percent.

/Source: REUTERS/

May 7, 2019


INNOVATION: Groovy new solar technology may be future of renewable energy

 An innovative 3D solar-cell design with a radically different architecture which drives down the costs of cell manufacture may define the future of renewable energy as it potentially reduces optical losses within a device, according to UK scientists. 

The scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll in the UK have demonstrated how a unique architecture based on a surface embossed with micro-grooves could also make solar power more efficient. 

The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells. 

Power Roll predicts that solar modules produced using this design will weigh only a fraction of an equivalent-power conventional solar module which could benefit less developed and off grid areas of the world where it is not viable to transport heavy solar panels as well ...

May 5, 2019