Onshore renewables

Green Investment Group increases Polish presence

11 Nov 2019



Green Investment Group acquires the 48 MW Zajączkowo onshore wind farm in Poland

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) today announced its second acquisition in Poland, buying the 48 MW onshore wind farm in Zajączkowo from J-Power Investment Netherlands B.V and Mitsui Renewable Energy Europe Limited.

The project is located approximately 10km south-west of the city of Slupsk and 110km north-west of Gdansk. The Zajączkowo wind farm comprises of 24 Vestas V80 turbines, and is generating enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 38,367 homes. It has been operating for 11 years, having achieved a commercial operations date in September 2008.

This acquisition sees GIG continuing to build presence in a new market with strong fundamentals and significant growth potential for renewables.

Poland is the largest electricity market in Central Eastern Europe1, but has one of the lowest shares of renewables in electricity generation in that part of Europe2. Electricity demand is predominantly met from an ageing fleet of coal and lignite power plants, and in time these plants will need to be replaced with new generating capacity – making renewables deployment increasingly important.

With this in mind, the Polish Government held auctions for onshore wind last year and is planning further such auctions for 2019, with an intention to secure a further 2.5GW of capacity3.

Edward Northam, Head of GIG Europe said:

Poland is one of Europe’s largest energy markets and one with considerable near term potential for renewables development. As such, as we build our global footprint, it is critical for GIG to seek out opportunities in this region.”

GIG’s recent activity in Poland means that the business is now active in 11 countries across Europe, and 25 countries globally. Across Europe, Middle East and Africa, GIG has supported over 8 GW of operational capacity of renewables.

Macquarie Group, which owns GIG, is one of the world’s largest investors in renewable energy having invested or arranged over $A8 billion in FY19 in clean energy projects around the world. Macquarie has had a presence in the UK for 30 years, having opened its London headquarters in 1989. In the UK, the business has supported over 140 green energy projects.

Statement of Green Impact

GIG Carbon Score for this project

Kajaczkowo Carbon Score

GIG’s Carbon Score is a measure of a project’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to the emissions of the baseline that it displaces. Projects with the lowest lifecycle emissions relative to the baseline would score the highest ratings from AAA to B. Projects with lifecycle emissions similar to the baseline would score a C, and projects with greater emissions would score a D or E.

For further information on how we are advising clients on understanding the green impact of investments, please see www.greeninvestmentgroup.com/green-impact/green-impact-advisory/

Notes to editors

[1] IHSMarkit, Power and Renewables generation and demand data for CEE, 2017–18 (data as of Oct 2019)

[2] Eurostat, Complete energy balances (nrg_bal_c) https://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=nrg_bal_c&lang=en

[3] Wind Europe: https://windeurope.org/members-area/interactive-tool/historic-and-upcoming-auctions-tenders/

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About Green Investment Group and Macquarie Group

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG) is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy.

The business was launched initially by the UK Government in 2012 as the first institution of its type in the world. The organization was acquired by Macquarie Group in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors, and now operates under the name Green Investment Group.

Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 15,704 people in 31 markets. At 30 September 2019, Macquarie had assets under management of €348.9 billion.

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