Foresight targets new 250MW pipeline with fresh placing

Foresight Solar Fund has set its sights on a new pipeline of solar assets with a capacity of 250MW and announced a new share issuing and placing programme to fund it.

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Foresight Group acquires 25MW Australia solar farm from Elecnor

Independent infrastructure and private equity manager Foresight Group has acquired a 25MW solar farm in Queensland, Australia, from Elecnor Australia, a subsidiary of Spain-based energy firm Elecnor.

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Solar weekly digest 17 February 2017

A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage, including more details on Foresight’s dispute with SunEdison, TfL’s solar plans and activity in the secondary solar market.

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France adopts law for self-consumption of renewable energy

The French parliament has adopted a draft law on self-consumption of electricity from renewable energy sources.

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BlackRock adds to solar portfolio with ib vogt deal

A BlackRock Real Assets-managed fund has acquired two operational solar farms from prolific German EPC ib vogt.

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Pensions investor makes first play into UK ground-mount solar

Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) has reached an agreement with Trina Solar to acquire a portfolio of six UK solar sites with a combined capacity of 30MW following the successful conclusion of each farm’s construction phase.

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National Grid considering shift away from one and two year grid balancing tender contracts

National Grid is considering moving away from one and two year contracts within its grid balancing tenders, which according to the system operator’s UK director do not reflect the transition needed within the energy system in the future.

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Major UK solar investors pessimistic over current battery storage opportunity

Listed funds in the UK which own a significant portion of the country’s utility-scale solar PV assets are not currently convinced by battery storage’s feasibility, but remain primed to deploy the technology at scale when the time is right.

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Allianz’s Armin Sandhoevel talks UK solar and international markets

Fresh from his firm’s purchase of a 100MW utility-scale solar portfolio from BayWa r.e., Allianz chief investment officer Armin Sandhoevel reveals why his firm loves the UK market and which other markets Allianz has an eye on.

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Allianz chief: UK solar great for portfolio diversification

UK solar remains a destination of choice for investment despite concerns over Brexit due to the market’s ability to diversify investment portfolios, Allianz GI chief investment officer Armin Sandhoevel has said.

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Doubts whether the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme is ‘good thing for Africa’

Doubt has been cast on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) ‘Scaling Solar’ programme after a panel of investors revealed it could be fostering a race to the bottom for unrealistic tariffs, diverting focus from essential bankability.

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