KGAL makes third Polish wind farm purchase

KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co KG has continued to strategically expand its presence in the Polish renewable energy market with the 27 MW Rywald project, its third Polish onshore wind farm.

"Central and Eastern Europe and Poland in particular offer attractive risk-return profiles in both wind energy and photovoltaics (PV). Poland, a country heavily reliant on coal, has a huge need for additional renewable energy capacity, which our institutional investors can benefit from as part of a strategic portfolio addition," explains Michael Ebner, Managing Director of KGAL Investment Management and responsible for the infrastructure asset class. "We are currently focusing on the purchase of project rights and the independent implementation of the projects in order to realise the highest possible value creation for our investors," Ebner added.

The current Rywald transaction comprises a fully permitted project consisting of a total of nine wind turbines located about 200 kilometres northwest of Warsaw. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2021, with commissioning planned for 2022. A 15-year feed-in tariff has been secured for a large part of the expected electricity production.

KGAL's Polish wind energy portfolio increases to 75 MW as a result of this latest transaction. KGAL also acquired the project rights for a wind farm located 60 kilometers northwest of Gdansk with a total capacity of 11.7 MW in April 2020. Despite the challenges caused by the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the wind farm was constructed on schedule and will start operation as early as May 2021.

In addition, there is the Krasin wind farm in the municipality of Pasłęk located about 75 km southeast of Gdansk with a capacity of 35.2 MW, which KGAL acquired in May 2020. Commissioning of this project, which is currently under construction, is planned for spring 2022. Further solar and wind projects with an output of over 150 MW are being and have been developed as part of a joint venture.

In addition to the Polish construction activities, a German wind farm is currently under construction. The PV pipeline in Southern Europe is also developing positively. KGAL expects PV projects in Italy, Spain and Portugal to be ready for construction in the first half of 2021. Due to the early involvement in the project life cycle, above-average returns could be achieved for investors.

"The predecessor fund KGAL ESPF 4 closed at the end of 2019 with EUR750 million in equity commitments, and over 85 percent of its capital has already been successfully invested. However, the deal pipeline extends far beyond KGAL ESPF 4. With the new KGAL ESPF 5 fund we can continue to meet the ongoing high demand from institutional investors with broadly diversified access to renewable energy assets," says Florian Martin, Managing Director of KGAL Investment Management and responsible for institutional client business. "In terms of environmental impact, we see investments in renewable energy in Poland, for example, as extremely important, because this is where we achieve the greatest CO2 savings effect in relative terms. On balance, the new KGAL ESPF 5 will constantly pursue these important ESG impacts," Martin adds.