The joint go-to-market approach enables Siemens Gamesa to bring a holistic solution to its clients. Large projects need a variety of funding vehicles to make them happen. With the backing of SFS, other lenders and investors are keen to take part alongside Siemens, resulting in a successful project for developers and owners of wind projects.
Despite being on track to increase Southern Europe's wind capacity by 40-gigawatt over the next decade, developers in Italy are facing challenges to obtain competitive, long-term finance for onshore wind farms. European Energy A/S, the owner of the Bosco Le Piane wind project – currently, the biggest wind farm under construction in Italy – recently benefitted from this new Siemens Gamesa-SFS alliance, highlighting the impact that finance can make on these large-scale projects. Located in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, the project consists of 13 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and is expected to be commissioned later this year. SFS, along with NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank, provided a senior-secured project finance solution to enable construction and long-term operation of the project.
"The combination of equipment with finance that enabled financial close for the Bosco Le Piane project should act as a role model for what Siemens Gamesa and SFS can offer clients all over the world and particularly in markets where obtaining competitive, long-term finance is a challenge," said Siobhan Smyth, Siemens Financial Services' Head of Energy Finance – Debt for EMEA and Australia-Asia. "There are many opportunities for onshore wind development, and SFS stands ready to support our clients' varying capital needs to bring the world cleaner energy options."
Financing was a key concern for the project from the beginning. SFS played an active role in arranging the financing for Bosco Le Piane. SFS supported the project throughout various stages – from late-stage development, equipment bid and financial structuring to finally bringing it to a successful financial close.
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