EIB finances wind farms in Austria

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EIB finances wind farms in Austria

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a new €85 million loan for the development of four wind farms in three locations of Lower Austria.

The EIB funds for the construction of wind farms will be channelled through the intermediary bank Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG (RLB NÖW). Together with the project promoter WindLandKraft GmbH, the two banks signed the loan agreement in Vienna on 15 October.

WindLandKraft GmbH will build and operate in three locations (Leopoldsdorf, Untersiebenbrunn and Engelhartstetten) a total of four wind farms comprising 34 turbines with a total capacity of 105 MW. The €20 million made available today will cover the project’s initial construction phase consisting of the building of 16 turbines in Leopoldsdorf im Marchfelde and Untersiebenbrunn. These are scheduled for commissioning at the end of 2015.

EIB Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer underlined the sector’s importance:

This programme to expand renewable energy production demonstrates how seriously Austria takes climate action and environmental protection. At the same time, diversifying energy sources means greater long-term energy independence and security. Working together with local banking partners like Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien enables the rapid and targeted provision of funds to borrowers – an area in which RLB NÖW has shown itself to be an experienced and reliable EIB partner for a number of years.

Under the agreement, WindLandKraft GmbH will receive loans at favourable interest rates via SPVs set up for the individual wind farms. The long maturities matched to the projects’ life that the EIB can provide are particularly attractive.

In the last three years alone, the EIB has provided loans totalling €500 million to Austria’s wind sector. Most turbines financed are already up and running.

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