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How lending from NatWest Group is helping renewable energy company Low Carbon contribute to the UK and European energy transition

Low Carbon is a purpose-driven company that creates large-scale renewable energy in the global fight against climate change. With the goal of creating 20GW of new renewable energy capacity and achieving net-zero emissions by 2030, Low Carbon develops, invests in, and operates large-scale renewable energy projects worldwide.

In 2022, NatWest Group was a cornerstone lender of the £230 million lending facility that Low Carbon is using to fund the construction of 500MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity across 17 assets in the UK and the Netherlands.1

NatWest Group also deployed additional balance  sheet support to help Low Carbon in securing the liquidity needed by the financial close date for the project  and performing a critical role in facilitating the deal.

The deal has since been increased by £310 million with NatWest Group remaining a lead tier-1 lender and hedging bank, to a total of £540 million – making it one of the largest European private construction debt facilities of its kind.2

The increased facility will enable Low Carbon to grow its renewable core capacity with the construction of an additional 448MW of solar PV capacity in the UK and the Netherlands, taking the total under this facility to around 1GW.

The funding is a milestone transaction for both NatWest Group and the market, providing a sizeable contribution to the UK and the European energy transition. It is a clear demonstration of NatWest Group’s purpose, supporting our customers transition to net zero, and forms part of our target to provide £100 billion of climate and sustainable funding and financing between 1 July 2021 and the end of 2025.

Commenting on the transaction and the partnership with NatWest Group, Founder and Chief Executive of Low Carbon Roy Bedlow said: ‘We were delighted to work with NatWest as one of our main banking partners in this finance facility that will play a crucial role supporting the net zero aims of the UK and the Netherlands.

‘The bank’s expertise and capability will also act as a critical enabler to assist us in achieving our strategic goal of creating 20GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.’

 

More on Low Carbon

Learn how we’ve supported Low Carbon to deliver 1GW of renewable power.

Read the client story on natwest.com

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Caution about this article. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the interviewee, Roy Bedlow, and do not necessarily represent the views of the NatWest Group.

This article (i) has been prepared for information and reference purposes only; (ii) is intended to provide non-exhaustive, indicative and general information only; (iii) does not purport to be comprehensive; and (iv) does not provide any form of legal, tax, investment, accounting, financial or other advice.

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Please see NatWest Group’s 2022 Climate-related Disclosures Report for those views and other information including about our financed emissions and our exposure to heightened climate-related risk sectors.

Notes on the text:

  1. Low Carbon reaches financial close on a £230m financing facility with NatWest, Lloyds Bank and AIB to construct 1GW  of solar PV capacity – August 2022,  Low Carbon.
  2. Low Carbon secures £310m in second finance facility with leading international banks to drive renewables expansion –  May 2023, Low Carbon. 
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