22 Aug '11, 3pm

Blackstone Finances Germany's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Private equity firm Blackstone (NYSE: BX) announced it has closed a EUR 1.2 billion transaction for "Meerwind," the largest German offshore wind farm to date. The 288 megawatt (MW) wind farm will be situated approximately 23 km off the German island of Helgoland in the North Sea. It will consist of 80 Siemens turbines rated at 3.6MW each. When it's completed in 2013, Meerwind will supply electricity to about 400,000 households, while eliminating a million tons of carbon emissions each year. This huge financial transaction demonstrates that privately financed projects of this scale are possible and that private capital can play a critical role in accelerating a shift from legacy fossil fuels to renewable energy. Still, the financing would not have been possible without the German government's favorable regulatory framework for offshore wind, says Blackstone. Germany's long-...

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