Energy Economy

29 Jul 2022

ENERPARC Refinances 315 MW Solar Portfolio

29 Jul 2022  by   
ENERPARC, Commerzbank, and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg have concluded one of the largest German transactions to refinance a 315 MW photovoltaic (PV) portfolio.

ENERPARC AG has announced the completion of a refinancing of existing PV parks. The volume of the transaction amounts to €257 million, which was provided as a syndicated loan for Enerparc Solar Service Holding 2 GmbH, a company of the ENERPARC Group, by Commerzbank AG and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg in equal parts.

Among other things, the loan serves to redeem and refinance existing loans for a 315 MW solar park portfolio, which is made up of existing operational plants of the ENERPARC Group. This transaction is considered one of the largest portfolio financings of solar parks in Germany to date.

The ENERPARC Group was supported by Eight Advisory as financial and tax advisor. Commerzbank AG and Landesbank Baden-Württembergy were advised on all legal aspects by the law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP.

Christoph Koeppen, CEO and Chairman of the Board of ENERPARC AG: “The 2023 amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), which has just been approved by the German parliament, provides for a photovoltaic expansion path of 215 GW by 2030. As ENERPARC, we ourselves are pursuing the goal of expanding our portfolio in Europe to over 5 GW by 2026. Transactions such as this are therefore particularly important in order to create the means to move a step closer to both our goal and that of the German government. This project also shows that the energy transition only works if all stakeholders work well together.”

Tim Koenemann, Head of Renewable Energies at Commerzbank: “A transaction of this magnitude concretely underlines our strategy for Commerzbank’s renewable energy portfolio, which is geared towards strong growth. It is also an expression of our long-standing and trusting co-operation with ENERPARC AG.”

Thomas Schulz, Head of Infrastructure and Transport Finance at LBBW: “Sustainability has been one of our strategic thrusts for years. Financing projects in the field of renewable energies and the associated infrastructure is a key business area for LBBW. Here, we support our customers with our extensive expertise and thus create scope for them to successfully realise sustainable projects for the implementation of the energy turnaround.”

Dr Jens Gölz, Partner at Simmons & Simmons: “We are very pleased to have advised the financing banks on one of the largest solar parks refinancings in Germany to date. The complex HoldCo financing structure together with the comprehensive due diligence of 61 solar parks have made the project one of the most challenging and exciting transactions of the last years.”

Thomas Gummert, Partner at Eight Advisory: “It was an intensive structuring, negotiation, and implementation task, which we were able to bring to a successful conclusion for ENERPARC AG together with the legal advisors and the financing banks. The completion of this complex refinancing demonstrates the capabilities of our Eight Advisory Infrastructure and Project Finance team as well as the strong networking with our tax advisory team.”


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