Infrastructure - Renewable Energy,
by Omnes Capital
Key player in renewable energy across Europe
- Capenergie, the first fund in France dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency created in 2006
- €1.2 billion assets under management, €900 million invested
- Focus on renewable energies generating electricity and heat at a competitive cost (onshore wind, solar, hydro, heating networks)
- More than 200 European independent power producers in Omnes active sourcing network
- European approach (France, Germany, Nordics, Italy, Spain, Belgium etc.)
- Investment approach focused on long-term partnerships with SMEs (IPPs & developers)
Flexible strategy combining institutional funds and dedicated mandates
- Capenergie funds dedicated to decentralized renewable energy production assets in Europe:
- Capenergie 1, 2 and 3 funds dedicated to investments in green energy production assets and in independent power producers (greenfield and brownfield)
- Capenergie 2 Infrastructure, fund dedicated to green energy production assets
- €700 million discretionary mandates dedicated to brownfield assets
A STILL FRAGMENTED EUROPEAN MARKET SHIFTING TO MORE MARKET INTEGRATION
- Buoyant greenfield and brownfield markets with more than 20 GW annual capacity expected to be built in Europe between 2020 and 2030 with many consolidation opportunities
- Evolution of market towards less subsidies and more exposure to merchant risk, with grid parity becoming a reality in many European markets
Omnes and Ilmatar recently launched a joint venture to build and operate wind power projects in the Nordic region.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I do have some entrepreneurial blood in my veins, but I actually didn’t realize how much until 2011 when I founded Ilmatar. I began my career in 2000 in the venture capital unit of ABB and soon realized that I didn’t enjoy working in a huge international company. I then spent five years in a small Finnish-based venture capital company before setting up my own venture fund in 2005. In 2010, Mikko Toivanen (also Co- Founder of Ilmatar) approached me about investing in the Finnish wind market. I had no experience in the energy sector but my financial background and Mikko Toivanen’s solid history in the electricity transmission and distribution fields were the perfect combination.
Being a good leader is about giving responsibility to others and believing in your team. I was the CEO of Ilmatar from day 1 until 2016, when I stepped down to become Chairman and appointed a new in-house CEO. It proved that my “baby” had grown up and could be run by someone else. I also believe that a good leader needs to be an expert in some areas and to know the other aspects of the business to some degree. This is why I try to keep an expert understanding of the financing and growth issues, whilst keeping a good level of knowledge in other areas, such as business development, engineering, services and operational issues. I believe that finance is a crucial part of driving the development of the wind power industry.
This joint-venture represents a major step in our strategy. Our joint project to construct and operate up to 1,000 MW of wind power positions us as one of the leading players in the European and Finnish subsidy-free wind industries. We met Omnes in 2017 while looking for partners to develop subsidy-free growth, and we immediately appreciated their entrepreneurial spirit, their approach to business partners and their open mindset. We share the same values and we feel that we have enough independence to successfully execute our strategy.
A pioneer spirit
2001: Started out at LDCom, now Neuf Cegetel
2008: Formation of Neoen, initially as part of Direct Energie. Neoen became fully independent in 2011.
2014: Moved up the next level by launching Europe’s largest photovoltaic park in Cestas near Bordeaux and winning two major tenders in El Salvador and Australia. Also the year when Neoen became the third-largest producer of renewable energy in France.