One of the global leaders in the renewable energy sector and water investment, Cubico Sustainable Investments (Cubico) announces the opening of an office in São Paulo and the acquisition of two wind farm complexes from Casa dos Ventos, in a transaction done late last year and considered to be the largest one involving wind farms in operation in Brazil in 2015. This is the first investment by Cubico in Brazil and includes the Caetés plant (182 MW) in Pernambuco state, and the Ventos do Araripe I plant (210 MW), in Piauí state. The investment, including assets and debt taken on, is approximately R$2 billion (base date 31/12/2015), which now belong to and are administered by Cubico. The transaction has been approved by Brazil’s antitrust body, CADE.
Founded in May 2015 and headquartered in London, Cubico is an investor and manager of long-term global assets in renewable energy and water investments, belonging to three investors: Banco Santander SA; the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP); and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). With the completion of the transaction to acquire two wind farm complexes from Casa dos Ventos, Cubico adds 392 MW to its portfolio in Brazil which, added to the existing 223 MW (transferred from Santander’s former global portfolio of renewable energy assets), means the company has 615 MW of operating wind assets in Brazil and makes it the third-largest player in the wind energy sector in the country, according to the industry body ABEEólica.
According to Ricardo Díaz, Head of the Americas at Cubico, the investment demonstrates Cubico and its shareholders’ commitment to Brazil, to Latin America and to the renewable power generation sector in the region. “We will further analyse opportunities in Brazil and elsewhere on its own merits. Besides Brazil, Cubico is currently focusing its origination efforts in Latin America on investments in Mexico, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica,” says Díaz.
Eduardo Klepacz, Head of the Brazil division at Cubico, adds: “The transaction positions Cubico as an investor that is committed to Brazil. We are able to capitalize on opportunities due to our long-term strategy that allows us to maintain and manage assets for a period of between 20 and 40 years. We believe in the renewable energy generation sector in Brazil and with the new office in São Paulo we are pursuing investment opportunities not only in the country, but also in other regions of Latin America, such as Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Panama and Costa Rica.”
To move forward with its growth plan, Cubico counts on an experienced management team in the Latin American market. Besides Brazil, the company currently operates six other plants in Latin America, in countries like Mexico, where it holds five wind farms in development with 799 MW capacity and Uruguay, where it has a wind farm with a total capacity of 50 MW.
Founded in May 2015, Cubico Sustainable Investments started out as a major player in the renewable energy sector and water infrastructure assets. A spin-off of Santander’s global investment business in renewable energy and water infrastructure, the company is currently held by Banco Santander, OTPP and PSP Investments, which have come together to maximize the growth of the business. The portfolio held by Cubico globally originally comprised 19 assets in seven countries, worth an estimated US$ 2 billion-plus, with an installed capacity of 1.4 GW. The company has a presence in different geographical locations, such as Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Cubico is headquartered in London and has offices in São Paulo (Brazil), Milan (Italy) and in the Federal District of Mexico. In Brazil, besides its head office in São Paulo, Cubico has one operational center in Fortaleza (Ceará state), which will be expanded locally as the company gets more assets under management.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”