London-based Asper Investment Management and the Craydel Group have announced the financial close of a 35MW onshore wind farm in county Galway. The project is the 6th wind farm financed together in Ireland by the Invis Energy partners.
The Galway project will see the installation of 11 Siemens 3.2MW turbines, generating 118GWh p.a. of clean energy. Asper is providing equity financing to the project, and raised a €58m senior debt facility from NordLB. Dublin-based A&L Goodbody and Ionic Consulting advised respectively on the legal and technical aspects of the transaction.
In the last few days, NordLB has also been mandated to work on financing Invis Energy’s next project in the portfolio, a 43MW project in county Mayo.
The projects were developed, are built and will be operated by Invis Energy – which Asper and the Craydel Group have built together, with c.300MW of operating or in construction projects and on track to reach 360MW by the end of 2018. Invis Energy’s vision is to be at the forefront of developing, constructing and operating large-scale, cost-effective, renewable energy projects.
Working with strategic partners and industry-leading management teams to build large-scale businesses like Invis Energy in Ireland and Vasa Vind in Sweden is a core pillar of Asper’s strategy for its second sustainable energy fund.
Asper is a specialist investment firm that focuses on private investments in sustainable real assets, including renewable power, sustainable heat and other clean infrastructure. It serves institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies and funds-of-funds.
Asper was previously part of the private equity firm Hg, under which it raised two dedicated renewable energy funds with total AUM of €850m. In December 2017 Asper and Hg jointly announced the spinout of the renewable energy team and funds to Asper.