TAALERI ENERGIA PRESS RELEASE 7 JULY 2023 AT 10:00 (EEST)
Taaleri’s SolarWind III Fund announces its first close at EUR 286 million
The Taaleri SolarWind III Fund, Taaleri Energia’s sixth renewable energy fund, has held a first closing, with approximately EUR 286 million in commitments.
The Fund has a target size of EUR 600 million and a hard cap of EUR 900 million. The Fund will remain open for new commitments throughout 2024.
The first-close investors include the European Investment Fund, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Taaleri and the Taaleri Energia team. Finnish pension funds, foundations, endowments, family offices, and individual investors were also strong supporters of the Fund in the first close, investing through a fund managed by Aktia Bank. With a significant number of investors in active due diligence, it is expected that there will be continued strong demand in future closings.
The Fund’s investment strategy is to acquire, develop, contract, construct, operate and exit a portfolio of utility scale onshore wind farms, photovoltaic solar parks and battery energy storage assets across the Fund’s target markets - the Nordics & Baltics, Poland, Southeast Europe, Spain and Texas. The Fund is targeting a return of 10% net IRR, over its 10-year term.
The Fund will be seeded with a portfolio of 50 development projects, which have been acquired by the Taaleri Energia team during the past 18 months. It is expected that several of the Fund’s development projects will reach ready-to-build status and move into construction during the next 12 months, leading to significant investments from the Fund.
If all of the development seed portfolio projects were to reach ready-to-build status during the Fund’s investment period, they would represent 7.7 GW of installed electricity generating capacity and require approximately EUR 2.6 billion in equity from the Fund to construct. The Fund will offer substantial co-investment opportunities to Fund investors.
The Taaleri SolarWind III Fund is classified as an Article 9 “Dark Green” Fund, the highest sustainability category under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.
“The SolarWind III Fund strategy follows on from the success of the SolarWind II Fund. We are operating in the same target markets, working together with the same strategic partners, but starting with a large seed portfolio of development projects. The demand for renewable energy projects across our target markets has increased significantly over recent years, with a marked additional increase in demand over the past 18 months. By securing development projects early we have been able to lock in considerable potential future value for the SolarWind III Fund,” comments Kai Rintala, Managing Director, Taaleri Energia.
“The SolarWind III Fund’s investments will have significant and sustainable positive impacts in the countries and local communities where they are constructed. The renewable energy power and storage plants that the Fund will develop and build will generate green electricity for around 1.3 million households, offset an estimated 2.3 million of tonnes of CO2 emissions, reduce air pollution, improve grid infrastructure, create local employment, generate local and state tax revenues and increase energy security,” said Stephen Ross, Head of Investor Relations, Taaleri Energia.
This operation benefits from support from the European Union under the InvestEU Fund.
About Taaleri Energia
Taaleri Energia is a renewable energy developer and fund manager. With 49 professionals, we are one of the largest and most capable dedicated renewables investment teams in Europe. The team manages an 9.5 GW wind, solar and battery storage portfolio in Europe, the US, and the Middle East.
Taaleri Energia was ranked as a “Consistent Top Performing Infrastructure Manager” by Preqin in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Taaleri Energia is part of the Taaleri Group, which is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.
For more information, please contact:
Kai Rintala, Managing Director, Taaleri Energia, +358 40 162 5711, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Ross, Head of Investor Relations, Taaleri Energia, +358 40 733 7789, email@example.com