Landmark solar power deal lights the way for sustainable investments
Solar power plants are creating jobs and sustainable energy around the world. Europe’s largest plant is underway, with J.P. Morgan central to the deal’s financing.
Turkey’s ambitious renewable energy plans have taken another major leap forward with the conclusion of approximately $811 million financing for the Karapinar solar power plant. Once completed, this will become the largest power plant in Turkey - and all of Europe.
J.P. Morgan was central in arranging and lending a $291 million UK Export Finance guaranteed facility, which will finance supplies of solar technology by GE Renewable Energy to the solar power plant project company owned by Kalyon.
This guaranteed facility will be the largest ever guarantee provided by the UK government for a solar project and, when the solar power plant is complete, it will power two million Turkish households with green energy. It also marks GE Renewable Energy’s first solar invertor technology deployment outside the U.S.
The resultant facility, equivalent to over 4,600 soccer pitches in size, will support 100 UK jobs. In acknowledgement of the importance of this renewable energy project to the country and wider industry, the financing was awarded “European ESG Deal of the Year Award” from Project Finance International (PFI).
J.P. Morgan’s Global Head of Export and Agency Finance, John Meakin:
“It is gratifying to see that our financing is helping to contribute to the creation of UK jobs, as well as Turkish households being ultimately supplied with green energy. This project is a clear step forward on our 10-year commitment to facilitate more than $2.5 trillion to address climate change and contribute to sustainable development, including $1 trillion for green initiatives.”
John Meakin, Global Head of Export and Agency Finance, J.P. Morgan
About the team
For the last two years, the J.P. Morgan Export & Agency Finance team has been the key link between our client Kalyon, GE, UK Export Finance, commercial banks and hedging banks in structuring, negotiating and closing the financing for the first project to be developed through the new renewable energy support regime in Turkey, YEKA.
In further support to the project, J.P. Morgan’s Escrow team is providing offshore account bank services which will manage critical cash flows for the term of the financing and J.P. Morgan’s Markets team is providing interest rate hedging.
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