Asper Iona Fund secures £13m investment
A £13 million pound investment from the Scottish National Investment Bank, awarded to the Iona wind partnership, will accelerate the delivery of the Iona onshore wind pipeline in Scotland.
The Iona wind partnership, managed by Asper Investment Management, is focussed on building 800MW of onshore wind capacity by 2026.
Once fully operational, the project will be capable of generating clean, renewable energy and support the decarbonisation of Scotland’s energy sector, estimated to save 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Onshore wind is a key element to the renewables mix in Scotland and the Bank’s £13m investment aligns with its mission to support Scotland’s transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Eilidh Mactaggart, CEO of the Scottish National Investment Bank said:
“The Iona wind partnership has the potential to deliver renewable energy for up to 850,000 homes and significantly reduce emissions and supports the Bank’s net zero mission.
“The development of onshore wind in the UK has stalled since the removal of subsidies in 2015. The Bank's investment has allowed Asper IM to reach the required scale to make the fund a reality.
“We are pleased to be working with Asper Investment Management who are committed to investing in businesses that develop, build and operate sustainable infrastructure and assets and have a track record in developing onshore wind projects.’’
Luis Quiroga, Head of Investor Relations at Asper said:
“We are delighted to have the Scottish National Investment Bank’s support for Iona. Asper’s expertise is to “build the new” infrastructure for the energy transition. And Iona’s investments will make a crucial contribution to Scotland's future - helping to decarbonise its energy supply and boosting the Scottish economy.”
Asper estimates 12,800 kilotons of carbon dioxide will be saved by Iona’s assets in their lifetime, sufficient to power 850,000 homes with green energy. Asper’s sustainability goals for its investments also include building sustainable, durable and efficient assets, to respect and foster the natural habitats around projects, to use only truly sustainable sources of fuel and to sustain local communities around projects.
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Notes to editors
The Scottish National Investment Bank is Scotland’s first development investment bank, wholly owned by Scottish Ministers on behalf of the people of Scotland.
The Bank is an impact investor, focussed on delivering both commercial returns and mission impacts with its investments. The Bank is a PLC and operationally independent from the Scottish Government and Ministers.
The Bank invests in business and projects connected to Scotland to deliver long term, patient debt or equity investment where the private market is failing to provide the support businesses and projects require to grow.
The Bank’s missions are:
- Supporting Scotland’s transition to net zero
- Building communities and promoting equality
- Harnessing innovation to enable our people to flourish
The Scottish Government has committed to capitalising the Bank with £2bn in its first 10 years. Over time as the Bank’s initial investments are repaid, the Bank will reinvest those funds in businesses and projects creating a perpetual investment fund to support the Scottish economy in the long term.
The Bank was established in November 2020 and is led by Chief Executive, Eilidh Mactaggart.
Asper Investment Management is an independent investment management firm specialised in sustainable real assets. Its investments and commitments managed by Asper total in excess of €1.6 billion and since 2019 it has raised three new co-investment partnerships dedicated to energy transition investments in Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.
For more information go to https://asper-im.com/