Sonnedix selects EPC contractor and closes financing for 30 MW Miyako-based Mega Solar PV power plant

27 June 2016

Sonnedix, through its Japanese operator, Nippon Solar Services (NSS) has reached two key milestones in the development of the Yamada-Cho Mega Solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, which has a total generation capacity of 30 megawatts (MW) and is located near Miyako city, in Iwate Prefecture.

Project Financing

On 15 June 2016, NSS closed project financing with Shinsei Bank as a lender for a total amount of JPY 10.7 billion.

“This is our first large financial closing to date in Japan with a Japanese lender and a key milestone for our company.  We want to thank all the parties involved in this transaction for their continued support and commitment” commented Olivier Renon, Managing Director of NSS.

“Shinsei Bank is known as a leader in the financing of renewable energy projects in Japan, with excellent experience and knowledge in this market.  We’re very pleased and honoured to see the confidence and growing relationship with Shinsei Bank” added Franck Constant, the Managing Director for Asia at Sonnedix.

Takatoshi Hibino, General Manager of Shinsei Bank’s Project Finance Division stated, “As arranger and lender, we’re delighted to take part in the financing of the Project and find it a privilege to work beside NSS and Sonnedix.  Acknowledging the growth potential in mega solar development within the renewable energy field, we have and continue to proactively arrange domestic PV project financing.  We’re very pleased to collaborate with NSS and Sonnedix, and look forward in the development of our relationship together with our respective businesses in Japan”.

Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC)

NSS has contracted with Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd to provide the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the construction, interconnection and commissioning of the project.  The EPC contract was signed between the two parties on 31 May 2016 in Tokyo.

Commenting on these milestones, Andreas Mustad, CEO of Sonnedix said “I’m incredibly pleased with the progress that NSS is making on the development of projects in Japan.  I’m equally as proud of the strong partnerships they are building with such reputable Japanese companies to finance, build and operate our pipeline of mega solar plants.  I look forward to seeing these partnerships flourish as we make further long-term investments in the Japan market”.

The plant construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016 with operations starting in early 2019, both of which will be managed by NSS.

Notes to editor:

For information please contact Hamir Patel on 00442035444947 or hamir.patel@champollion.co.uk

About Sonnedix

Sonnedix is an Independent Solar Power Producer (IPP) with a proven track record in delivering high performance cost competitive solar photovoltaic plants to the market.  Sonnedix develops, builds, owns and operates solar power plants globally. Sonnedix currently owns over 200 MW photovoltaic power plants in operation as well as several hundreds of MW in development in Italy, France, Spain, USA/Puerto Rico, Thailand, Chile, South Africa and Japan.  For more information about Sonnedix, please visit www.sonnedix.com.

About Shinsei Bank

Shinsei Bank is a leading diversified Japanese financial institution providing a full range of financial products and services to both institutional and individual customers. News and other information about Shinsei Bank is available at http://www.shinseibank.com/english/index.html

About Nippon Solar Services

Nippon Solar Services is a developer, asset manager, and operator of mega-solar projects in Japan, and the trusted Japanese operator for investments made by Sonnedix (www.sonnedix.com).  For more information about NSS, please visit www.nipponsolarservices.com

ENDS

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Thomas Edison in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931