UK solar energy giant Lightsource Renewable Energy has completed £284m refinancing for nationwide solar projects totalling 101MW, which are all owned by the company.
The portfolio comprises 33 operational, ground-mounted solar projects, which fall under 20-25 year fixed income tariffs under the UK government’s Feed in Tariff subsidy regime.
This transaction represents the first step into the long-dated institutional market by the firm, which has secured over £1.1bn of project finance debt this year.
M&G Investments Infrastructure Finance head John Mayhew said: "Consolidation within the solar sector is providing investable opportunities for institutional clients.
"We have structured the deal to deliver inflation-linked returns, with good security to ensure risks are appropriately rewarded.
"The injection of a quarter of a billion pounds of long-term institutional financing will enable Lightsource to grow and develop further sites across the UK.
"The latest deal brings M&G’s debt investment into the sector to more than £385m in the past 12 months, providing power for the equivalent of almost 90,000 average-sized homes."
M&G Investments had offered £247m of the total funds through a 22-year inflation linked finance arrangement.
The remaining £37m has been secured from AMP Capital through an eight-year mezzanine facility.
In August 2015, Lightsource Renewable Energy had announced about offering investment boost to promote solar power generation in Ireland.