NTR has announced the successful and close of its wind investment fund, NTR Wind 1, with the addition of a further €50m secured from Strathclyde Pension Fund and €35m from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.
Strathclyde Pension Fund and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund join previously announced investors NTR and Legal & General Capital, bringing the equity in the fund to a hard cap total of €250m.
NTR Wind 1 Fund was launched by NTR to invest in onshore wind projects in Ireland and the UK. At around 270MW of capacity, the fund’s total equity and project finance capital requirement amounts to approximately €670m.
The fund is well underway in deploying into ready to build onshore wind assets with an active pipeline of further investments across the UK and Irish markets.
A minimum of €80m is targeted to be invested in pre-construction renewable investments in the Irish single electricity market.
Rosheen McGuckian, chief executive, NTR, said: “We are delighted to have attracted such calibre of institutional money into this, our first wind management fund. The line up of institutional investment partners that have come into the fund is a validation of NTR’s track record and of our proposition to make long term investments in attractive yielding renewable assets. “
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, which is managed and controlled by the National Treasury Management Agency, has a mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland.
Eugene O’Callaghan, director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, added: “The strength of NTR’s business plan, management team and Irish pipeline for this fund are attractive to us and we are very pleased to have co-investors of the calibre of Legal & General and Strathclyde alongside us in this investment.”
The Strathclyde Pension Fund has funds of over £15.37bn under management and a range of direct investments across the renewable energy sector. It has commitments of €50m into the NTR fund and its subscription to the NTR fund marks Strathclyde’s first major investment in the Irish wind energy market, which is considered to provide stable and attractive long-term yields.
In addition to its direct investment in the NTR Wind 1 Fund, Legal & General has partnered with NTR in order to explore further prospects to invest in the clean energy sector, through an investment in NTR’s clean energy investment and asset management business, NTR Wind Management Limited.
John Bromley, head of Clean Energy at Legal & General Capital, commented: “Clean, green energy is the future and we are very happy with the progress the fund and NTR are making in getting long-term institutional money into the energy market. Investment into new technology will deliver massive leaps in renewable energy capacity, and drive down the household bills for renewable energy for customers.”