In July 2017 the Lighthouse Solar Fund acquired the 20MWp Hughenden solar plant from BayWa r.e., a leading global, renewable energy developer, wholesaler and energy solutions provider, based in Munich, Germany .
The plant, located in Hughenden, Queensland, is one of BayWa r.e.’s first solar projects in Australia. The project has secured a 13-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with one of the leading Australian energy retailers.
In May 2017, the Lighthouse Solar Fund acquired a 50% equity interest in the 128MWp Clare Solar Farm from Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading developer of solar projects, based in Madrid, Spain. Developed by FRV, the Clare Solar Farm is located around 35 km south-west of Ayr in Northern Queensland.
Origin Energy has entered into a long-term contract to purchase 100% of the electricity output and large-scale renewable energy certificates (LGCs) generated by the project, which will utilise single-axis tracking mounts to optimise the generation at the site. The project is currently under construction and is scheduled to commence operations in late 2017.
The project will create up to 200 jobs during construction and when completed will generate enough electricity to power approximately 42,000 Queensland homes, abating nearly 200,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually.
Roof-mounted Solar Systems generate electricity at the point of consumption (e.g. on a Residential or Commercial roof), which is used directly by the household or business. Electricity produced that is not consumed is either stored in a battery or fed back into the grid.
In 2012 Lighthouse Infrastructure advised Palisade Investment Partners on the $66.5 million acquisition of a 50% interest in the Port of Portland from the Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIX). Lighthouse assisted Palisade assess and execute the transaction and act as a director of the Company following the acquisition.
The Port of Portland is a deep-water seaport strategically located in south western Victoria. Port of Portland acts as the international gateway to the Green Triangle Region, an area encompassing significant natural resources and related production industries, and specialises in handling a diverse range of bulk commodities. The major cargoes include timber products, mineral sands, aluminium products, grain and livestock.
Lighthouse Infrastructure acted for the Plenary Group by introducing and arranging for Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (the Caisse) to make its first direct investment in Australia, via the $180 million acquisition of six public-private partnership (PPP) projects from the Plenary Group.
This transaction has led to the Plenary Group establishing a long term equity and asset management strategic alliance with the Caisse. The projects include Casey Hospital, SAPOL, LEAP1, LEAP 2, Melbourne Convention Centre and VCCC.
Lighthouse Infrastructure acted for the Plenary Group by introducing and arranging equity for UniSuper and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (the Caisse) to invest 69% of the project equity in the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project with the Victorian Government.
The VCCC Project, located in Melbourne will provide a purpose-built facility for cancer research, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, cancer-related clinical and research facilities for the University of Melbourne. The VCCC Project will be built over a 4 year period by the Grocon/PCL construction joint venture with facility operations by Honeywell over its 25 year operational life.