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By Simon Jessop

LONDON (Reuters) – Macquarie, the world’s largest infrastructure investor, has raised 1.6 billion euros ($1.93 billion) for its second international renewables fund, pushed by robust demand from institutional traders in Britain and Germany.

International locations and firms are searching for to extend their utilization of renewable vitality to decrease carbon emissions and battle local weather change. On the identical time, report low rates of interest have crimped mounted earnings returns and boosted the attract of different property.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Actual Property (MIRA), supervisor of the fund, stated it had drawn funding from 32 establishments, together with pension schemes, insurers and sovereign wealth funds, serving to it exceed a minimal goal of 1 billion euros.

Whereas Europe-based traders contributed a lot of the capital – German and British traders accounting for 30% every – the fund, Macquarie Inexperienced Funding Group Renewable Vitality Fund 2, additionally attracted curiosity from Asia Pacific and North America.

It would goal wind and photo voltaic initiatives in Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

“Within the geographies this explicit fund is targeted on, there’s over 300 gigawatts of further capability required within the subsequent 5 years,” Leigh Harrison, Head of MIRA EMEA, advised Reuters.

Whereas the push by nations to satisfy the phrases of the Paris local weather accord was a giant driver of demand, many have been additionally seeking to renewables initiatives to assist Construct Again Higher from the financial ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

British pension scheme Border to Coast, which invests 45 billion kilos ($62.08 billion) on behalf of native authorities employees, pledged 101 million euros to the brand new Macquarie fund, which has a projected life-span of 25 years.

“Local weather Change is likely one of the largest dangers going through traders – and so investing in property that recognise this threat and assist play an element within the answer is a pure match for us,” Daniel Sales space, the scheme’s chief funding officer, advised Reuters.

The choice to launch a second renewables infrastructure fund comes three years after Macquarie took over the operating of its predecessor by means of the two.3 billion pound acquisition of the Inexperienced Funding Financial institution from the British authorities.

Whereas that fund, Macquarie Inexperienced Funding Group Renewable Vitality Fund 1, was devoted to offshore wind in Britain, the brand new fund’s broader remit has already resulted in two investments: a ten% stake within the 576 MW Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm in Britain and a 50% stake in a 268 MW U.S.-focused portfolio of residential rooftop photo voltaic initiatives

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