Dutch manager adds wind assets in France, Germany

DIF Infrastructure, the Dutch fund manager, has acquired three wind projects in recent months from its latest €571m fund – two in Germany and one in France.

DIF Infrastructure, based in the Netherlands, has announced the acquisition of three wind projects since August 2010 from its DIF Infrastructure II fund. The DIF II fund closed €71 million above target on €571 million in September last year.

In August last year, DIF acquired the 14-megawatt Wawern project in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate from e.n.o energy, a Rostock-based producer of wind power systems which has been retained by DIF as operational manager. The project comprises two seven-megawatt turbines supplied by Vestas, the Danish wind turbine maker.

Then, in November, it acquired the 10-megawatt Campigny onshore wind farm in France, again from e.n.o energy. The project, near Le Havre in Normandy, will consist of five two-megawatt turbines to be supplied by German wind turbine maker Enercon.  The project is currently in construction and expected to be commissioned in June this year.

Finally, in December, it acquired the 9.2-megawatt Remlingen II onshore wind farm in Germany’s Lower Saxony from WindStrom Erneuerbare Energien, a German developer and operator of wind farms in Germany and throughout Europe. The project consists of four 2.3-megawatt turbines supplied by Enercon and was commissioned in April 2010.

DIF specialises in renewable energy and public-private partnership investments. In the second half of last year, it completed a string of solar investments including acquiring an 85 percent stake in a portfolio of ten solar projects in southern France in September.