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Canadian Solar appoints advisors for $1bn proposed ‘take-private’

Shawn Qu, founder and CEO of the NASDAQ-listed company, offers $18.47 each for outstanding common shares as a special committee of directors considers the move.

Partners Group exits Japan Solar – exclusive

The sale has netted Partners Group a 3.2x blended gross return following a $250m investment in 2014. It had invested in the Japanese platform alongside Equis Energy. The Swiss firm divested its stake in Japan Solar to a consortium led by Global Infrastructure Partners.

Trump’s 30% solar tariff not as bad as some feared

The industry, which had braced for tariffs of up to 40%, will benefit from added certainly despite the tariff’s negative impact.

German duo target €500m with onshore wind fund launch

The fund will focus on projects in Germany and other countries in Western Europe with a comparable regulatory system and seek to generate net returns of at about 4%, although returns can reach up to at least 8% through investment in a sub-fund involving more leverage. Agloria and Universal Investment are looking to avoid projects that ‘frequently miss the forecasted results’.

Cubico makes €50m Italian greenfield wind play

The 27MW project is the group’s fourth such asset in Italy, where it is also one of the largest solar owners.

CPPIB buys $144m stake in Indian power firm

The Canadian pension has bought a 6.3% share in ReNew Power, and further investment in the company is expected. Last autumn, in a filing with the Competition Commission of India, CPPIB reported that it plans to buy a 16.3% stake in ReNew Power through investments of up to $350m.

First close for Foresight’s debut infra debt fund

The UK-headquartered manager has raised €70m for its Italian Green Bond Fund, which is aiming for €200m in total.

Three promoted to partner at GIP

The move comes as the firm closes its $5bn acquisition of Equis Energy alongside PSP Investments and China Investment Corporation.

Ireland’s SWF joins €140m investment to propel solar sites

A portfolio of more than 20 projects with a capacity of 140MW have been backed in a bid to help the fledgling sector.

The case for district heating

Emma Haight-Cheng, AMP Capital’s European head of infrastructure debt, finds the emerging infra sector is heating up.

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