In September 2018, Lighthouse Infrastructure provided funding to the Home4Life consortium to construct 120 new residences across 69 sites throughout New South Wales for people with disability. When completed, the Home4Life investment will house over 300 residents in newly built small‐scale homes located within the community.
Investment in Home4Life has allowed residents to be transferred from State based care in old institutional environments to new Group homes, often returning to live closer to family and support networks.
The Home4Life consortium comprises Compass Housing, BlueCHP and Lighthouse Infrastructure.
In October 2018, Lighthouse Infrastructure and Summer Housing signed an agreement to invest in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). To date, the venture has committed to invest in 77 SDA apartments across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
The 77 Summer Housing apartments provide appropriate independent living for young people with disability previously residing in inappropriate aged care or hospital facilities.
Summer Housing was established in 2017 as an initiative of the Summer Foundation, whose purpose is to generate sustainable change for young people with disability who reside in Residential Aged Care. Summer Foundation was established in 2006 and its key aim is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in aged care. The Summer Foundation uses stories, research, prototypes and knowledge as key tools to influence health, housing and disability services policy and practice related to this target group. Learn more about the Summer Foundation and its initiatives at their website.
In October 2017, the Lighthouse Solar Fund acquired 100% of the 72MW Emerald Solar Park from Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leading global, renewable energy business, based in the U.K.
The plant, located in Emerald, Queensland, was RES’s first solar project in Australia. The project has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in place with Telstra, representing Australia’s first corporate PPA.
The project became fully operational in early 2019 and generates enough electricity to power approximately 35,000 Queensland homes and abate emissions of around 130,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.
In May 2017, the Lighthouse Solar Fund acquired a 50% equity interest in the 100MW 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 commenced operation in early 2018.
The project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 54,000 Queensland homes, abating emissions of approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2e 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.
The Lighthouse Solar Fund has a portfolio of Solar Systems and associated purchasing power agreements in place with a range of schools, community clubs, commercial and residential customers across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria.
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.