What we do
UKCI invests on commercial terms, making minority equity investments of typically c. £10-30 million into renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
With a current geographic focus of India and Sub-Saharan Africa, UKCI is working closely with its investment partners to develop, build and operate green energy infrastructure in areas with limited access to electricity.
UKCI is a joint venture between the Green Investment Group (GIG) and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UKCI has a dedicated team of investment professionals who are supported by the wider GIG team and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets' global platform and networks.
UKCI partnered with one of the UK’s leading solar developers on its first project in India – the greenfield development of a 50 MW solar farm in Wagdari, Maharashtra.
In addition to exporting the UK’s industry-leading development, construction and operations expertise, the project is powering the equivalent of ~75,000 homes with clean electricity each year.
UKCI co-invested in a 185 MW portfolio of solar farms across India. Built to world-class standards in regions highly dependent on fossil-fuel based generation, the portfolio will help avoid ~330ktpa of CO2 emissions over their operational lives and power approximately ~315,000 homes each year.
The portfolio was also used to establish the first offshore renewables strategy of its kind in India, marking a significant development in one of the world’s fastest growing solar markets.
In 2019, UKCI announced that it would act as a cornerstone investor in a vehicle seeking to accelerate the installation of renewables capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.
UKCI’s commitment intends to help renewables developers unlock and recycle capital in established green energy projects.
UKCI is helping commercial and industrial businesses across India rethink how they produce and consume electricity by helping CleanMax Solar expand its network of private solar farms.
CleanMax Solar partners with businesses to build new rooftop and ground mounted solar projects – enabling businesses to access clean, cheaper-than-grid electricity by removing the need for significant upfront capital investment.
UKCI is providing critical financing to support the development of 254 MW of renewables projects across South Africa.
The projects are being supported through an innovative funding mechanism designed by UKCI to support Black Economic Empowerment entities. When completed in 2020, the projects will power ~200,000 homes each year.
UKCI intends to invest up to £30 million in order to finance the construction of affordable green housing in Kenya.
By demonstrating the viability of environmentally sustainable building design, UKCI’s commitment will help embed green standards in the Kenyan market and create a new green asset class for local institutional investors.
Meet the team
Richard is Managing Director of UKCI.
The UKCI pilot is an exciting opportunity for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) in partnership with the UK Government to invest £200m of UK climate finance funds in transformational green energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa and India.
MIRA is Macquarie’s specialist real asset fund management business and the largest infrastructure fund manager globally. Richard’s career in MIRA prior to managing UKCI has included global and pan-European COO roles and asset management and transaction activity.
Before joining MIRA in 2010, Richard was a UK Senior Civil Servant. He holds degrees from the University of Glasgow and University of British Columbia.
Amit Rama leads India coverage and transactions for UKCI.
A qualified chartered accountant, Amit has 14 years of experience as a corporate finance advisor. He has eight years specialist experience in the renewable energy sector including three years with GIG’s investment banking team focusing on the waste and bioenergy and offshore wind sectors.
Amit formerly held positions in the natural resources and utilities sector M&A advisory team at Nomura International, Argent Partners and in financial advisory with Deloitte.
Ana Plecas leads Africa coverage and transactions for UKCI.
Ana’s background is in international development with a particular focus on infrastructure and climate finance. She started her career at the World Bank in Washington, DC and has 10 years of specialist investment experience in project finance transactions in emerging markets. She spent five years after that working for a leading UK-based developer and has successfully originated and executed several power generation projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
Ana holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
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