Deutsche Bank and Centrobanca close debt financing for photovoltaic project in Sicily
Deutsche Bank and Centrobanca have successfully closed the debt financing for the 8.4 MW solar photovoltaic Ragusa 1 project in Sicily, sponsored by TEP (Solar Holdings) Limited (“TEP Solar”), a subsidiary of Trading Emissions PLC (“TEP”) who are advised by EEA Fund Management Limited. The debt close follows the acquisition of the project by TEP Solar from Austrian developer Solarinvest in September 2010 where Deutsche Bank acted as equity arranger.
The debt package amounts to approximately EUR 40 million, including a VAT facility. The long-term facility has a tenor of 18 years. Deutsche Bank and Centrobanca are each providing 50% of the financing.
The ground-mounted 8.4 MW project is fully permitted under the Autorizzazione Unica regime and will be among the largest solar photovoltaic plants in Sicily. Construction was started by an experienced EPC contractor in July 2010 using thin film modules provided by First Solar, Inc. Completion of construction is imminent and grid connection is targeted for mid December 2010, so the project is forecast to benefit from the current 2010 feed-in tariff of EUR 0.346 per kilowatt hour.
The Ragusa 1 debt close marks the third successful photovoltaic financing in Italy closed by DB in the past 3 months, thereof the second co-financing with Centrobanca.
Dominik Thumfart, Head of Renewable Energy in DB Asset Finance & Leasing and responsible for the equity arranging earlier this year commented: "This transaction is a further important step towards making photovoltaic in a number of regions in Italy an attractive investment proposition for an ever more diversified group of international investors." Bernd Fislage, Head of Project Finance Europe and North America in DB Asset Finance & Leasing, added: "For the DB project finance franchise, Italy is and has been a key market for infrastructure and renewables"
Lorenzo Fidato, head of project finance in Centrobanca said: "This successful transaction confirms that Italy is a key market for renewable energy in Europe. It also demonstrated that a well structured deal with the right partners can achieve financial close within a very short time frame."
Norbert Gallagher, Director of TEP Solar commented, “We are pleased to close the financing of our first solar photovoltaic project in Italy. The plant is projected to be operational by the end of 2010 and represents the first step in TEP Solar’s expansion strategy in the Italian solar markets”.
For further information, please call:
Deutsche Bank AG
Christian Streckert (Frankfurt, Germany)
Press & Media Relations
Phone: +49 69 910 38079
Lorenzo Fidato (Milan, Italy)
Phone: +39 02 7781 4340
TEP (Solar Holdings) Limited
Norbert Gallagher (Dublin, Ireland)
Phone: +353 87 244 9766
EEA Fund Management Limited
Ivana Semeraro (London, UK)
Phone: +44 (0) 203 102 3450
About Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 82,504 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.
About TEP (Solar Holdings) Limited
TEP Solar is an Irish company, formed in early 2010 to acquire shares and other qualifying assets in solar photovoltaic projects in Europe. TEP Solar is a 100% subsidiary of TEP. TEP is advised on all transactions by the investment adviser, EEA Fund Management. EEA Fund Management Limited is part of the EEA group, which together manages or advises funds with more than US$ 1.78 billion of assets. EEA Fund Management Limited has been involved in the carbon and clean energy sector since 2003.