Infinis Energy has signed two project financing facilities with a total value of £51 million to fund the construction of Sisters (8MW) and North Steads (19MW) wind farms in Northumberland, UK.
The debt facilities have been arranged by Santander and will fund the construction of both sites. The two neighbouring sites will have a combined installed capacity of 27 MW and means Infinis will have a total of 135 MW of new wind capacity under construction.
It is expected that both sites to be fully operational by September 2016 and both sites to be accredited under the Renewables Obligation scheme.
Eric Machiels, Chief Executive of Infinis, said:
'We are pleased to have finalised these two project financing facilities. Taken together with our A'Chruach (43MW) and Galawhistle (66MW) construction projects, this means we have now reached financial close on 135MW of new onshore capacity which is in line with our growth targets. The construction of both A'Chruach and Galawhistle is progressing well with A'Chruach scheduled to be fully commissioned by the end of March 2016.'
'Securing project financing in the current climate of regulatory uncertainty is a real challenge for British businesses investing long term capital as they build out renewable generation capacity. Our ability to finalise these facilities is testament to the strength of our collaborative relationship with Santander and Infinis' strong development track record. Government decisions to change the regulatory framework for onshore wind at short notice and without providing full details of those policy changes have had a significant impact on the ability of developers of renewable energy to conclude project financing agreements with lenders.'
'While we have successfully concluded project financing on all our projects, we call on the government to adopt a stable policy regime that supports efforts to decarbonise power generation in an affordable way, and which will prevent further damage to the independent sector.'