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Sale of solar PV portfolio to Aviva Investors
Opus provided advice to the shareholders of Ecovision Renewable Energy in connection with the sale of its residential solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. The portfolio consisted of over 4,000 residential PV systems totalling 12.3MW situated across the UK.
Formation of energy efficiency financing business with Siemens
Opus advised the Carbon Trust on the establishment of a new venture with Siemens Financial Services to take over the provision of the Carbon Trust’s highly successful SME carbon efficiency loans scheme. The new partnership is aiming to provide UK businesses with green equipment finance worth up to £550 million over the next three years. This venture will also provide the foundation for a new energy efficiency procurement service to be provided to businesses.
Structuring and fund raising for solar PV
Opus advised the shareholders of Ecovision Renewable Energy on the structuring and fundraising for its residential solar PV initiative. Ecovision is offering to install free solar PV systems on the roofs of residential properties in exchange for keeping the related government backed renewable electricity Feed in Tariff. The householder gets to use any electricity so generated for free. Ecovision has secured credit facilities of £15m from Lombard North Central and has also raised £8.5m of equity financing from private investors.
Advice on development of smart grid strategic plan
Opus advised Green Power Technologies S.L. in the development of a new strategic plan focused on the emerging global opportunities in smart grid solutions. The company is a leading provider of innovative photovoltaic and wind power renewable energy solutions.
Formation of Low Carbon Workplace Fund with Threadneedle & Stanhope
Opus advised the Carbon Trust on the detailed structuring and implementation of the Low Carbon Workplace Fund joint venture with Threadneedle Asset Management and Stanhope plc. The fund will refurbish suitable office buildings to provide the highest specification, low carbon prime office spaces in the UK.
Formation of Environmental Infrastructure Fund with HSBC
Opus advised the Carbon Trust on the detailed structuring and implementation of the joint venture with HSBC Environmental Infrastructure Fund. The Carbon Trust was set up by Government in 2001 as an independent company to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and to develop commercial low carbon technologies.