EQT Real Estate and Arco Lavori launch €300 million JV
EQT Real Estate and Italian construction company Arco Lavori have launched a €300 million joint venture to create affordable senior care homes in northern Italy.
The joint venture constitutes EQT Real Estate's first investment in Italy and combines its thematic focus on "beds and sheds" in primary European markets with a social impact strategy underpinned by EQT's sustainability credentials.
The JV has secured five initial sites in the Lombardy and Emilia Romagna regions, providing an aggregate of 1,010 beds, and the first two senior care homes are expected to be delivered by late 2022 and early 2023. During the next 10 years, the proportion of over 75s are expected to increase from 11.5 percent to 14 percent.
Where possible, care homes will use PV roof panels and include recycling and rainwater management measures, targeting green certifications such as LEED and WELL, and follow specific ESG principles.
Alessio Lucentini, Managing Director, Investment Advisor and Head of Italy, EQT Real Estate, said: "EQT Real Estate is thrilled to be entering the Italian healthcare market and investing in a sector which is lacking grade-A facilities and is expected to benefit from robust demographic trends in the country. In addition to the initial five sites, we are currently evaluating a growing pipeline of projects, mainly in Northern Italy, to build a large scale, resilient and downside-protected portfolio. EQT Real Estate looks forward to partnering with the Arco team to realize our shared vision over the coming years."
Rob Rackind, Partner, Investment Advisor and Head of EQT Real Estate, said: "This is another prime example of using EQT's "local-with-locals" approach to source attractive opportunities in order to invest with thematic trends and we are proud to back a strategy that should deliver significant social impact by providing defensive, socially responsible assets to the regions of Italy most in need."
Emiliano Battistini, CEO of Arco Lavori, said: "There is a growing undersupply of affordable grade-A care home facilities in Italy and this trend is expected to continue during the coming years. The combination of EQT Real Estate's pan-European expertise and our local reputation and know-how is expected to create a much-needed product for an important and growing part of Italy's population."
EQT Real Estate has also signed a 16-year pre-lease with AcadeMedia for a 14.1k sqm development, Campus Södermalm, in Stockholm. On completion of the heavy refurbishment in H2 2022, it will house four Upper Secondary Schools.
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.