RPC closes €200m refinancing despite energy crunch

Renewable Power Capital (RPC) closes the long-term refinancing of 3 onshore wind farms in Finland / The new package totalling almost €200m has been secured despite great market uncertainty, demonstrating the lenders’ faith in RPC’s long-term investment model / This follows the announcement in March that OX2 has handed over operation of the wind farms to RPC

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Renewable Power Capital (RPC) has closed a refinancing package of almost €200m covering the Rustari, Puutikankangas, and Merkkikallio onshore wind farms in Finland. This new long-term package replaces an existing short-term construction loan and ensures that there is stable financing in place for the projects’ lifetimes.

RPC has successfully secured this refinancing at a time when renewables projects are being impacted by high inflation and supply-chain pressures, which is testament to its reputation as a secure, long-term investor.

Kommunalkredit Austria acted as Mandated Lead Arranger & Structuring Bank, with AP Pension Livsforsikringsaktieselskab acting as Lender, and Euler Hermes as the German Export Credit Agency to guarantee part of the debt. This is the first time Euler Hermes has supported the long-term refinancing of a construction bridge debt package.

In March, RPC announced that it had taken over the operation of the Rustari, Puutikankangas, and Merkkikallio wind farms from OX2, marking its shift from investor to operator. The wind farms are all operational and have a combined installed capacity of 171MW.

RPC was advised by Augusta & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Roschier on this deal. The lenders were supported by DLA Piper and Natural Power, with EY acting as tax and model audit.

Sylvain Delion, Head of Structured Finance at Renewable Power Capital, said: “That this agreement has been closed at a time of such uncertainty in financial markets is significant not only because it testifies to the skills and expertise of RPC’s team, but also as it provides much-needed certainty for projects by securing a long- term, stable financing structure. This ensures that green electricity is delivered to the grid for the benefit of Finnish households.”

Romane Guitard, Managing Director at Augusta & Co, commented: “We are delighted to have supported RPC with the refinancing of their first Nordic onshore wind portfolio. We have been impressed by the sophistication of the RPC team, their innovative approach, and their excellent reputation in the market. After a significant market testing exercise, we brought together a novel combination of three distinct pools of capital, including ECA, commercial banks, and institutional debt funds to deliver on RPC's return and flexibility requirements in a challenging financing environment. This transaction again demonstrates our approach to develop and execute bespoke structuring solutions in ways that best serve our clients.”

Rasmus Cederholm, CIO at AP Pension, said: “We are proud to support RPC and partner up with Kommunalkredit Austria in this exciting transaction. We are very satisfied that the €50 million loan from AP Pension can help ensure that green energy is being brought out to a large number of people. For AP Pension it’s very important that our investments contribute to the green transition. This loan is a good example of that.”

Bernd Fislage, CEO of Kommunalkredit, said: “This joint effort underlines the importance of international cooperation and project realisation of sustainable infrastructure. Together with our aforementioned partners we have successfully closed another milestone transaction in the renewable sector. We will keep on actively contributing to the energy turnaround.”

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