Akuo Energy Completes Financing of 132 MW Wind Capacity in Poland

Akuo Energy has announced the completion of the financing of three wind power projects in Poland in partnership with Mirova Eurofideme 4

Akuo Financing Wind Poland

Akuo Energy, an independent global renewable energy power producer and developer, has announced the completion of the financing of three wind power projects in Poland in partnership with Mirova Eurofideme 4, a fund managed by Mirova (Natixis).

With a capacity of 132 MW, the three power plants will have a total of 53 turbines supplied by manufacturer Vestas and will be operated by Akuo’s local teams. Construction is contracted to the local subsidiary of Aldesa. These are Akuo’s first projects in Poland and will supplement the Group’s network in Central Eastern Europe (Croatia, Montenegro and Bulgaria in particular).

Developed over a number of years, these projects won the tender launched by the Polish government in late 2018. Beyond its desire to reduce its dependence on imported fossil energy, the Polish government is intensifying its efforts in the field of renewable energy in order to achieve the minimum threshold of 15 percent of renewable energy in its end consumption of energy by 2020, in accordance with the National Renewable Energy Action Plan. Within the framework of the country’s energy policy through to 2040, the government is targeting a 60 percent reduction in the share of coal in its electricity production by 2030 and an increase in the proportion of renewable energy to 27 percent by 2040.

These projects are expected to become operational in 2021, following which the wind farms will produce 100 percent green energy that will meet the electricity requirements of more than 200,000 Polish homes whilst avoiding the emission of over 300,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Financing of these projects is carried out through the equity partnership with Mirova Eurofideme 4 as well as senior debt commercial loans from banking partners BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Commerzbank and Poland’s mBank.

Eric Scotto, chairman and co-founder of Akuo, said that “completing the financing of these projects is a major step and a first for Akuo in Poland. Its success would not have been possible without the cross-business and multicultural teamwork between the Akuo Paris teams and its local teams in Poland.

“I would also like to thank our financial partners for putting their trust in us and enabling us to achieve this milestone. We are proud to be helping the Polish State with its transition towards a green and local energy supply,” he said.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.