Sunrock voltooit vijf zonnedaken voor de Pallieter Group

Sunrock viert samen met de Pallieter groep en haar huurders de succesvolle voltooiing van vijf zonnedaken.

Het project van in totaal 2 Megawatt is gebouwd met 6500 ultra hoog-rendement zonnepanelen, om het dakoppervlak maximaal te benutten. Daarnaast werden innovatieve oplossingen toegepast om met minimale draagkracht van daken toch zonnepanelen te kunnen plaatsen. De zonnedaken produceren jaarlijks circa 1800 MWh aan groene stroom, wat een CO2 besparing oplevert van ruim 1000 ton per jaar.

Sunrock verzorgde de ontwikkeling, bouw en investering voor het project. Daarnaast zal Sunrock voor de gehele projectduur de operatie en beheer voor haar rekening nemen.

Met deze complete ontzorg-structuur wordt het vastgoed verduurzaamd zonder extra investering van Pallieter. Daarnaast besparen gebruikers BUVA, Polvo, TTA Truckland en Luminaid direct op hun energielasten door tegen een lage vergoeding de zonnestroom af te nemen.

Daniel van Dongen nieuwe CFO Sunrock

Per 1 april is Daniel van Dongen het team van Sunrock komen versterken als CFO. Van Dongen was de afgelopen jaren onder andere werkzaam bij Wereldhave en de laatste 8 jaar als CFO bij NSI NV waar hij ruime ervaring in vastgoed meeneemt naar Sunrock. Daarnaast neemt hij ervaring mee in leiderschap van onder andere TPG NV en KPN NV in meerdere landen.

Binnen Sunrock zal Van Dongen zich gaan concentreren op strategische positionering, financiering en het leiden van het team binnen onze groeiende organisatie. Gezien onze focus op logistiek en commercieel vastgoed is Daniel een uitstekende toevoeging aan het Sunrock team. We zijn erg blij met zijn keuze voor ons!

DHG en Sunrock Investments bundelen krachten voor realisatie grootschalige zonne-energie projecten

DHG heeft de wens om het door haar ontwikkelde vastgoed te verduurzamen kracht bijgezet door een lange termijn samenwerking aan te gaan met Sunrock Investments. Deze Amsterdamse zonne-energiespecialist bedient DHG met een complete ontzorgingsstructuur. Naast de ontwikkeling, bouw en exploitatie van de zonne-energie projecten neemt Sunrock ook de gehele investering voor haar rekening.

DHG stelt de door haar ontwikkelde dakoppervlakken ter beschikking aan Sunrock Investments voor de plaatsing van grootschalige zonne-energie systemen. “Op deze ontzorgingsmanier kunnen wij ons bezig houden met onze core-business, verbetert het energielabel van het vastgoed èn wordt eveneens aan de huurders de mogelijkheid geboden om tegen lagere kosten over te stappen op zonne-energie, al met al een win-win stuatie”, vertelt Willem Slager, commercieel directeur bij DHG.

Sunrock Investments heeft dit voorjaar SDE+ subsidies beschikt gekregen voor 13 verschillende locaties van DHG met een totale oppervlakte van ca. 200.000 m2. Hierop zullen circa 100.000 zonnepanelen geïnstalleerd worden. Met de groene energie die deze zonnepanelen opwekken kunnen jaarlijks 7.200 huishoudens worden voorzien van elektriciteit. In totaal levert dit een CO2 besparing op van ongeveer 13.500 ton per jaar.”

Willem Slager ligt de samenwerking nader toe: “We hebben voor Sunrock gekozen vanwege de professionele aanpak en hun jarenlange ervaring op het gebied van grootschalige zonne-energie projecten op daken. Het feit dat wij slechts het dak ter beschikking hoeven te stellen en Sunrock vervolgens de rest op zich neemt spreekt ons erg aan.”

Sunrock is met haar huidige portfolio van operationele zonne-energieprojecten met een waarde van EUR 85 miljoen en meer dan 120 MWp in ontwikkeling een van de grootste en meest ervaren spelers in de zonne-energie markt. Sunrock beheert, exploiteert en ontwikkelt grootschalige zonneparken in Italië, België en Nederland. Door de samenwerking met DHG, maar ook met andere vastgoedeigenaren en ontwikkelaars wil Sunrock haar aandeel in de Nederlandse markt verder uitbreiden.

Managing director van Sunrock, Willem le Conge Kleyn, geeft aan dat in verhouding tot de omringende landen het potentieel voor zonne-energie op daken in Nederland nog erg groot is. “Sunrock biedt dakeigenaren de mogelijkheid om zonder enige investering vooraf hun ongebruikte daken in te zetten en zo bij te dragen aan de Nederlandse energietransitie. Samenwerkingsverbanden zoals wij met DHG hebben gesloten zijn een goed voorbeeld van verduurzaming waar alle partijen baat bij hebben. Wij nodigen anderen dan ook van harte uit om mee te doen.”

Voor meer informatie, zie:

www.dhg.nl

www.sunrockinvestments.com

The time for solar investments is now

The European solar market is booming again

The European solar sector has experienced its first upward trend since 2011. With an annual growth rate of 15% (8.1 GW in 2015 vs 7.0 GW in 2014), the total capacity within the EU has reached 97 GW end of 2015 (figure 1). Together with wind, solar accounted for 75% of newly installed capacity in 2015.
Solar growth from 2009 to 2016
Figure 1. Newly installed capacity in EU (GW). Source: SolarPower Europe

Solar is quickly gaining market share and is now supplying more than 4% of electricity demand in Europe, increasing from 3.5% in 2013 to 4.2% 2015 (figure 2).

Figure 2. Electricity production by source, EU, 2015. Source: Eurostat

Growth was mainly driven by the further falling costs of system hardware and installation and competitive subsidy schemes offered in a.o. UK, Germany and France at the background of high grey electricity prices

The solar sector has continued to experience advances in technologies and economies of scale. The price of solar systems has declined more than 80% over the past 8 years. Additionally, installation costs have decreased substantially due to the increase of labour from lower cost countries.

Lower costs in combination with national subsidy systems have powered the growth of utility scale projects. At the same time, electricity prices for industrial consumers are stabilising at a high level comparable to most subsidies available today.

There is huge potential for solar as the levelised cost of electricity (“LCoE”) of solar is or will be lower than industrial electricity price in several EU countries and regions

The falling costs together with subsidies are making self-consumption economically feasible in an increasing number of locations. A well designed solar system would reach break-even for most countries with long term power purchase agreement in place.

This provides a huge opportunity for prosumers to develop solar projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Additionally, green electricity consumers can benefit from saving energy bills and participating actively in the energy transition.

However, proper policies and regulations should be in place

The European solar sector is in the middle of a transition phase and is shifting from a subsidy based growth to a more market based framework. Regulatory policies are being reformed in several member states, mostly concerning net metering and energy taxes. Germany and the UK, for example, will use feed‑in premiums in addition to a remuneration based on electricity market prices. With proper policies and clear regulations that do not disincentivise investments, solar can tap its huge potential and gain further market share vis-a-vis conventional power and other renewable electricity sources.

Solar projects have an attractive risk return profile

Solar assets are evolving from a niche to a mainstream asset class among the financial community due to their attractive risk return profile. The unique combination of stable and predictable cash flow and risk mitigations have resulted in solar assets now being more widely recognised by investors as an attractive asset class.  Increasingly, institutional investors are adjusting their asset allocations for the ultra-low yield age to come.

Revenues from solar projects consist of subsidies and electricity sales to local users and the grid. Subsidies come about through a fixed electricity tariff which is granted by the relevant government multiplied by the actual green electricity production. This electricity rate is fixed during the term of the solar projects. In addition to income from subsidies, power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the purchase of the electricity produced are agreed with local users and wholesale power suppliers (figure 3). Thus, revenues are only partly exposed to price fluctuations in the electricity market.

Figure 3. How a solar infrastructure project works and generates revenues

Also on the cost side, the issuer seeks to maximise stability. Bank financing supplied at project level have maturities of 10 years and more with fixed interest rates. The daily operation and maintenance is contractually agreed for a fixed fee for the duration of the project. As a result, the majority of the operating and financing costs of each project is defined and the remaining cash flows have a stable character.

Sunrock Investments is well positioned to offer attractive solar investments in the development and secondary sectors within its core markets

The Sunrock Investments team consists of 7 investment professionals with over 50 years of combined experience in solar asset management, operations, and financing in Europe.

We offer fully integrated services to project owners, developers and investors including project due diligence, acquisition, financing, tax optimisation, project management and optimisation and investor reporting. Through our unique financial, technical, and operational approach, we reduce operational cost and maximise project yield, resulting in above market return for our investors.

Solar market hitting new heights, as costs keep dropping

The solar market is growing at an unprecedented rate, with a possibility that there could be 700 GW of installed PV across the world by 2020, according to a new report from SolarPower Europe.

There is great reason to be excited within the solar industry, after experiencing a record breaking year in 2015, which saw the total global capacity of solar PV reach 229 GW. More than 50 GW was installed in 2015 alone, and SolarPower Europe’s new report Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2016-2020 predicts that another record-breaking year is in store, during which more than 60 GW will be installed, although demand in Europe is wavering.

The report predicts that 62 GW of capacity is likely to be installed across the world in 2016, but that most of this will be in Asian markets. China is the biggest driver of these capacity increases, where 7 GW of solar was installed in Q1 of 2016 alone.

Unfortunately, similar trends cannot be found in Europe. In fact, although the region became the first in the world to pass 100 GW of installed PV in 2015, amid 8.2 GW of PV being installed on the continent, SolarPower Europe expects demand to decrease in 2016.

“While this is the first upward trend since 2011, it is likely that demand in the European continent will slow down, primarily due to the termination of support for utility-scale solar in the U.K.,” commented SolarPower Europe CEO, James Watson. “What European solar needs now is the right electricity market design.”

Despite the poor outlook for 2016, the report did anticipate that Europe will return to “a growth path,” by 2017.

Costs keep falling

One of the great takeaways from 2015 was the falling price of electricity generated from solar. That trend has continued into 2016, with a solar bid as low as 2.99 cents per KWh in a recent bid in Dubai. This has seen solar become one of the most cost-effective power generation technologies, and looks set to continue into the future.

“Solar power is increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels and distributed solar is cheaper than retail electricity in many countries,” said Michael Schmela, executive advisor of SolarPower Europe and lead author of the report. “In 2016, solar also became cheaper than on-shore wind power in parts of the globe.”

These trends have seen SolarPower Europe up its estimates for future PV installations from the forecasts it presented last year. The estimate in the Global Market Outlook 2015-2019 was that there would be 450 GW of installed PV by 2019, but the current report forecasts that 516 GW of installed PV will be the most likely scenario for 2019.

“Solar is booming and continues to break records in many parts of the world, which gives us reasons to believe 700 GW globally installed solar power is possible by 2020,” said President of SolarPower Europe Oliver Schafer. However, for this to be the case, a stable regulatory environment that understands renewable energy is needed.

Source: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/
Picture: Brazil Solar Park 254 MW
Picture Source: http://www.ecoplanetenergy.com/brazil-builds-the-largest-solar-farm-in-latin-america/

solar assets acquisition

Sunrock Investments reaches milestone: over €50 million of solar assets

Amsterdam based Sunrock Investments has realised the acquisition of a 3.0MW portfolio of operational solar rooftop projects in Flanders, Belgium. This acquisition follows shortly on the acquisition of a 6.2MW portfolio in February this year. The projects in the 3.0MW portfolio have an aggregated asset value of EUR 8M and were sold by the Belgian solar developer Ecorus. The projects are operational since 2011. The portfolio will directly add value to the existing portfolio of sustainable energy projects.

Sunrock Investments has an extensive track record in solar investments, project management and project development. This acquisition is the next step to ramp up the solar portfolio to EUR 100 million in asset value in 2016. Sunrock Investments currently holds a solar portfolio of EUR 53 million assets under management in Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Ecorus is a well-known solar developer active in Belgium and the Netherlands. The company develops projects for companies, municipalities and housing cooperatives from scratch to exploitation.

Investment manager of Sunrock Investments Floris Leuftink commented: “This portfolio had been on our radar screen for some time and we are delighted to announce the successful acquisition. Thanks to our outstanding relationship with Ecorus and the proven quality of these projects the deal was closed after a smooth process. We expect this acquisition to be the start of a further cooperation between Ecorus as project developer and Sunrock Investments as investor for the long term. Sunrock Investments aims to further grow this year by EUR 50 million of solar assets in our target markets.”

Sunrock Investments is currently structuring a solar investment vehicle which will acquire operational solar assets within Europe with proven track record. With the fund Sunrock Investments will broaden its investor base and accelerate its portfolio growth.

Picture: One of the acquired rooftop projects, located in Flanders, Belgium.

Sunrock Investments

Sunrock Investments acquires a 6.2 MW operational solar rooftop portfolio

The Amsterdam based Sunrock Investments completed an acquisition of a 6.2 MW portfolio of operational solar rooftop projects. The projects, with an aggregated asset value of EUR 15M are located in Flanders, Belgium.

Sunrock has an extensive track record in pan-European solar investments, project development, asset finance and project management. The recent acquisition of an operational 6.2 MW portfolio is the next step to ramp up the portfolio to EUR 100m in asset value in 2016. Sunrock currently holds a solar portfolio of EUR 45 million assets under management in Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Managing director of Sunrock Investments Willem le Conge Kleyn commented: “The newly acquired assets are a welcome addition to our portfolio and perfectly fit our ambitious expansion plans. We aim to further grow by a minimum of EUR 55 million of solar assets in 2016 in our target markets.”

Sunrock Investments targets operational solar assets between 1 and 15 MW in Europe and is currently also developing several ground mounted and rooftop solar systems in its home country, the Netherlands.

Solar investment tops US$160 billion in 2015 despite oil price plunge, says BNEF

Global investment in solar energy in 2015 reached a record US$161.5 billion off the back of 57GW of PV installations, according to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Total renewable investment for the year hit US$329 billion, up US$13 billion on the previous year. The US and China combined to provide more than half of that overall figure.

More startling than the growth figures is that this commitment to renewables has continued to ratchet up while fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Oil prices have more than halved in two year.

“These figures are a stunning riposte to all those who expected clean energy investment to stall on falling oil and gas prices,” said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at BNEF. “They highlight the improving cost competitiveness of solar and wind power, driven in part by the move by many countries to reverse-auction new capacity rather than providing advantageous tariffs, a shift that has put producers under continuing price pressure.

“Wind and solar power are now being adopted in many developing countries as a natural and substantial part of the generation mix: they can be produced more cheaply than often high wholesale power prices; they reduce a country’s exposure to expected future fossil fuel prices; and above all they can be built very quickly to meet unfulfilled demand for electricity,” added Liebreich. “And it is very hard to see these trends going backwards, in the light of December’s Paris Climate Agreement.”

BNEF’s 2015 solar deployment of 57GW is its preliminary figure for the year.

Non-OECD countries continued to make gains, with China the driving force behind much of the growth. It registered US$110.52 billion of renewable energy investment in its own right, compared to US$56 billion in the US.

Source: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/solar-investment-tops-us160-billion-in-2015-despite-oil-price-plunge-says-b

Solar price

Solar Energy Price At All-Time Low: Average Price of Solar In U.S. Falls To 5¢/kWh

According to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), solar energy prices are at an all-time low, with the average price of solar energy in the United States having dropped down to 5¢/kWh, representing a 70% decline in power purchase agreement (PPA) prices since 2009.

The falling prices for this clean renewable energy resource are being driven by lower overall installed solar costs, improved performance, and the presence of a virtual landrush to get utility-scale solar projects online before the reduction of the federal investment tax credit next year, and as a result, PPA agreements are being signed with an average price of 5¢/kWh or less.

he new report, Utility-Scale Solar 2014: An Empirical Analysis of Project Cost, Performance, and Pricing Trends in the United States, is the third edition of LBNL’s annual publication focused on identifying key trends in utility-scale solar. The report offers insights into the state of the industry, some surprising, such as the drop in the price of solar to a nickel per kilowatt-hour, and others, such as the fact that utility-scale solar projects are dominated by conventional photovoltaic (PV) generation, not concentrated solar (CSP), which has not dropped significantly in price.

The average costs of installed solar projects have fallen quite a bit, from 2009′s $6.3/W (AC) cost to 2014′s $3.1/W cost, reflecting a drop of more than 50%. In contrast, installed costs for three large CSP projects referenced in the report ranged from $5.1/W (AC) to $6.2/W.

The drop to an average price of 5¢/kWh for solar PPAs indicates that solar power plants are an effective cost-competitive source of energy for utilities, and thanks to the relatively fast construction process, could be an essential component of quickly adding grid capacity, especially in regions with high insolation levels.

The new report found that there appears to be a “deep market” at the low PPA prices, especially in the solar stronghold of the US Southwest, but also in other areas of the country, most notably the Southeast, where recent solar contracts have been announced in previously untapped markets. According to LBNL, the average wholesale price for electricity across the U.S. in 2014 ranged from 3 cents/kWh to 6 cents/kWh, putting the new lower prices of utility-scale solar right inline with most of the utility market.

The trend for utility-scale solar energy adoption looks to continue apace in the near future, as the report found a total of almost 45,000 MW in solar projects under development in 2014 (roughly five times the installed capacity during that time), and the authors presumed that most of these projects would be operational before 2017 in order to get the full 30% federal tax credit, leading to a prediction of “an unprecedented amount of new solar construction in 2015 and 2016.”

The full report can be found as a PDF here: Utility-Scale Solar 2014 and is also available as a PowerPoint briefing and an Excel workbook with much of the data from the report.

Source: http://costofsolar.com/

Solar Costs Drops

PV Solar costs to fall 50% by 2030, rivalling wholesale power prices

A further dramatic drop in the costs of Solar PV will make it competitive with wholesale power prices by 2030 in the EU, a study has claimed.

Analysis by the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform (EUPVTP) of the levelised cost (LCOE) of electricity of PV in the EU has forecast costs falling by 30-50%, bringing it on par with today’s wholesale electricity prices.

“Today, if the real cost of capital was around 5%, a 50MWp Solar PV system in Spain would produce electricity at around €45/MWh. Our analyses indicate that the same type of Solar PV system in the same location may generate power at as low as €25/MWh in 2030,” said Eero Vartiainen, leader of the LCOE working group of the EUPVTP, a body representing the European PV industry at an EU level.

Capex costs will drop by 45%

The study predicted that PV module prices will most likely halve from current levels by 2030 and balance of system prices fall by 35%, leading to an overall Solar PV system capital expenditure (capex) reduction of around 45%. Alongside this, Solar PV system operational expenditure (opex) will fall an estimated 30%. Significantly the report said such decreases would not require any significant technological advances to attain.

“Such results can be achieved without any technological breakthrough,” said Gaëtan Masson, co-author of the report. “We simply assume that Solar PV modules and other PV system components will become more efficient and less expensive and that operation and maintenance procedures will be optimised.”

A more significant influence on LCOE than either capex or opex will be the cost of capital, according to the report, which said that an increase of eight percentage points in the so-called ‘weighted average cost of capital’ could double PV LCOE.

Because of this the report said both the Solar PV industry and policy makers needed to ensure they both played their part in ensuring the right conditions for keeping capital costs down.

“What is striking, is that when we modified our assumptions for different Solar PV system cost components, it became evident that the cost of capital will play a much more important role in the competitiveness of this technology than other parameters,” said Christian Breyer, co-author of the report. “Cost of capital will be almost as important as the location of PV systems. This leads to the conclusion that, going forward, it will be of outmost important for the PV industry to further improve the bankability of its technology and for policy makers to create a stable environment for PV investments.”

The EUPVTP’s analysis can be read in full here and will be presented at an EU PVSEC parallel event titled “Competitiveness, Soft Costs and New Business Cases for PV” on 14 September in Hamburg.

Source: http://www.pv-tech.org/news