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350 PPM Summer Investor Update: Q2 2018

Author:  Nicholas Dimmock BA MBA(CASS), Head of Corporate Finance 350 PPM Ltd. 350 PPM is a sister company to Solar 350.  This update contains news on Solar 350. _____________________ Q2 2018 Summer Investor Update   _____________________ ...

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Weekly Environmental News (w/e 6th April 2018)

Author: Alex Colvill, Research Analyst at 350 PPM. Welcome to the thrid edition of Weekly Environmental News.  Each Friday we will select a few choice environmental titbits from the preceding week, a mixture of news headlines, interesting third ...

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Weekly Environmental News (w/e 23rd March 2018)

Author: Alex Colvill, Research Analyst at 350 PPM. Welcome to the second edition of Weekly Environmental News.  Each Friday we will select a few choice environmental titbits from the preceding week, a mixture of news headlines, interesting third ...

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Weekly Environmental News (w/e 16th March)

Author: Alex Colvill, Research Analyst at 350 PPM. Welcome to a new feature on the Renewable Money Blog:  Weekly Environmental News.  Each Friday we will select a few choice environmental titbits from the preceding week, a mixture of news ...

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Mirec Report 2018 – The BIG Mexico Renewable Energy Report

Author: Nick Dimmock, Head of Corporate Finance 350 PPM Ltd. Mexico is one of the hottest global renewable energy markets and is currently the second largest power market in Latin America with US$110 billion of investment in the generation, ...

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350 PPM Winter Investor Update: Q4 2017

Author:  Nicholas Dimmock BA MBA(CASS), Head of Corporate Finance 350 PPM Ltd.  350 PPM is a sister company to Solar 350.   About 350 PPM 350 PPM Ltd is a corporate finance house, specialising in EIS qualifying, socially responsible / green ...

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350 PPM Releases Environmental Sector Research and Launches Electronic Funding Platform

350 PPM is a sister company to Solar 350. Dear All, Please find a link to download our new 350 Company Brochure and Research Report.  Download will be quicker if you right click on the link and pick ‘save link as’ or equivalent. 350 PPM ...

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350 PPM Autumn 2017 Investor Update

Author:  Nicholas Dimmock BA MBA (CASS), Head of Corporate Finance 350 PPM Ltd. 350 PPM is a sister company to Solar 350. About 350 PPM 350 PPM Ltd is a corporate finance house, specialising in EIS qualifying, socially responsible / green ...

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Sector Research Note – Mexican Electricity Sector

Author: Alexander Colvill, Research Analyst at 350 PPM, sister company to Solar 350. Introduction This research note gives a quick overview of the Mexican electricity sector, with a particular focus on solar PV (Photovoltaic), for which Mexico is ...

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PARIS AGREEMENT SET TO ENTER INTO FORCE IN 1 MONTH

Historic climate treaty passes both thresholds Author: Ilario D’Amato 5 October 2016 LONDON: Today, the Paris Agreement has officially passed the necessary threshold to begin the process for its official entry into force – meaning the ...

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Stranded Assets and Potentially the Next Economic Shock

THE ECONOMIC CYCLE I subscribe to the 18-year economic cycle theory. I studied Behavioural Finance during my MBA and then completed my Thesis on The Cycle of Investor Emotions. As such, bearing in mind that we remember the last 3 years most clearly, ...

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The Old Carbon Dog Is being taught a Few New Tricks and it is still, in 350’s Opinion: The Most Effective Solution

90 steps forward, two steps back With the flagship markets of the EU and California in difficulties, advocates of carbon trading are pinning their hopes on a slew of new markets, particularly China and Canada. Graham Cooper reports: December’s ...

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China and US ratification ‘could see climate deal start this year’

China and the US have ratified the Paris climate deal, raising the possibility that it could come into force as soon as this year. The two countries said they had ratified the deal on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hangzou, China, in which ...

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Profile: Actis on why renewables make sense in emerging markets

The private equity firm has found that when it comes to making energy investments in emerging markets, clean energy is the way forward. Peter Cripps reports More than 80% of Actis’ latest energy fund is invested in renewables. This is not ...

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List of wind, solar winners in Mexico’s auction grows

April 1 – Due to an error in the computer algorithm used in Mexico’s energy auction this week, the results first announced on Tuesday changed and several new names joined the list of winners. Mexico’s National Electricity Control Center ...

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Mexico solar capacity to surge 521% this year, says GTM Research

Encouraging PV performance in the country’s first Clean Energy Auction prompts GTM to revise its forecast; analysts now expect Mexico to add 646 MW of PV in 2016. Mexico’s large-scale solar sector could be transformed this year, forming ...

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Financial firms join forces to raise $8bn for sustainable investments

Bank of America has formed a new partnership within its Catalytic Finance Initiative (CFI) that aims to direct $8 billion to “high-impact sustainable investments”. Partners joining the initiative include investment manager ...

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$2.5trn of global financial assets at risk from climate change

$2.5TRN OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL ASSETS AT RISK FROM CLIMATE CHANGE $2.5 trillion of global financial assets are at risk from the effects of climate change, according to a report. The report, produced by the London School of Economics and Political ...

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The Future of Renewable Power in Mexico

Mexico’s solar and wind sectors have experienced triple-digit growth rates over the last 10 years, outpacing the growth of renewable power generation in most developed countries. Will that explosive growth continue?   The abundance of diverse ...

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Mexico: North America’s New Frontier for Solar Power

As the capabilities and companies in the solar market have now grown far beyond the low-hanging opportunities, we find ourselves pouncing on sound but short-lived requests for proposals. Hundreds of companies bid in to these processes, and the ...

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Project Update: Solar 350 Ltd: Baja California

Bill Goldie (Solar 350’s Head of Project Development) and Axel Schmid (Head of Project Origination) have now returned from California Baja to London and Santiago respectively. Their brief was to return with contracted “Greenfield Development ...

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Bill Gates Just Wrote a Rallying Cry for Clean Energy. Will it be Enough?

Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter this week. In it, the two discussed the two super powers they wished they had: More energy More time The following excerpt from Bill’s letter explains their justification: More energy! When ...

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Thompson Reuters Carbon Market Survey 2015

The Thompson Reuters Carbon Market Survey 2015 has now been released. Read the results here on the 350PPM site: Read the Thompson Reuters Carbon Market Survey 2015 ...

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The New Acronym in The Fight Against Climate Change

The design of the new treaty is built around something called the “INDC”. This stands for Intended Nationally Determined Contribution and is the level of emission reductions that specific country will commit to over the 1st period of the new ...

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India Aims To Achieve Colossal Renewable Energy Targets 2 Years In Advance

The Indian government will push to achieve renewable energy installation targets two years in advance, as it looks to enact more aggressive policies to promote development of renewable energy infrastructure. India has set a target to have 100 GW ...

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Mexico to award longer PPAs under energy auctions, specific scheme for renewables

The rules for the electricity market published on Tuesday establish longer PPAs for projects awarded in auctions. The first energy tender is expected this year. The electricity market starts to operate at the beginning of next year. The final rules ...

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Results of The Winter Survey

 Please find detailed below feedback from Carbon 350 and Solar 350 Investors from our Winter Survey.  Click here to view the Winter survey results  Please note, neither company is connected to 350 PPM Ltd directly. The information is provided for ...

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Insider view: The private sector’s role in the Paris Agreement

The USA’s largest conference and expo for Energy, Utility and Environment (EUEC 2016) kicked off last week, marking one of the first major climate change and energy related events since COP21 in Paris. High on the agenda was GHG mitigation through ...

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350 PPM Ltd hires Tim Hyett as Managing Director

350 has hired Tim Hyett as Managing Director in order to increase the scale and scope of fundraising within the group to capitalise on the additional opportunities presented by successful negotiations of the new Paris Agreement at COP 21 in ...

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SOLAR 350 GREENLIGHTS CREATION OF MEXICAN SPV

Solar 350 has green lighted the creation of the Mexican SPV (special purpose vehicle) called Solar 350 Baja Cali 1. This is the legal entity is due to hold the development assets of the first of the Mexican Solar projects. Specifically, this is a 60 ...

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So 2015 was a good year for renewables, or was it?

It’s important not to get too cocky about the health of the renewables industry worldwide. Figures released by the Clean Energy Pipeline organisation this week showed that global clean energy investment enjoyed double digit (14%) growth last year ...

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2016 outlook for carbon reductions has never been better…

January is traditionally a time when we think about fresh starts and making the coming year better than the old one. It’s the time when diet books, quit-smoking services and recruitment companies are at their busiest. And this year, in the ...

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COP 21 – Day 2 (On Twitter)

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Yesterday’s breaking news (in tweets) from COP21

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$500m pledge at COP 21: A return to global carbon trading

We’re not ones to say “We told you so…” at 350, but we’re delighted to hear that the COP 21 Climate Change summit has already established that carbon trading from emissions reductions is firmly back at the heart of the ...

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Renewable Projects: Round-up & 2016 Preview

“With so many renewable projects out there, you’ve got to apply some pretty strict criteria to separate out the best opportunities from the riskier ones. That’s our challenge…” This week I managed to pin down our busy Business ...

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The UK Green Revolution is now over?

Thank heavens. The UK renewable boom was started by the pied piper of misguided climate economics (former energy secretary Ed Miliband) and it’s now collapsed under its own weight. To misquote Winston Churchill, never in the field of reducing ...

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Greenfield site development: Location, location, location

One of the issues that we face when looking for power projects offering the best carbon reductions is selecting the right location for a project. This has always led us to look at the developing world, because that’s where emissions are rising, ...

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Structuring renewable energy projects: local development

There’s an inherent commercial tension within the way companies approach structuring renewable energy projects. In any new area, there’s naturally an element of trial and error that’s characterised renewables for both technology providers, ...

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You think African renewable energy needs solar? Think again.

Last week the 350 team were meeting government officials in Malawi and Zambia, and during the journey we saw just how important geographical concerns are for renewable development. In particular, as we explored the issues facing African renewable ...

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COP21: Are carbon prices finally getting a boost?

Here’s an interesting thought.  As the global stock markets are sliding back in the wake of concerns over China’s stock market woes, investors are looking to diversify their holdings and hedge a bit with different kinds of asset. Which is ...

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Final pre-flight checks before we begin Atacama development

We’re delighted to announce we’re making the last few preparations to launch our first Deal Stream 2 project, planned to break ground mid-2016 in Chile’s South Atacama desert. The project is for a sub-50MW solar energy facility that meets all ...

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Why is climate change policy a leaky mess?

I’ve just read a carbon abatement report for a natural gas pipeline that runs across hundreds of miles of continental Eastern Europe.  It’s leaking 2.4 millions of tons of methane (CH4) into the atmosphere every year.  The equivalent of about ...

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An alternative explanation for the Chinese Stock Market crash

We have a theory about the Chinese stock market crash. And it’s just that, a theory because as anyone who studies the Chinese economy knows, there’s a certain lack of transparency in the data that makes it difficult to pinpoint the real reason ...

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CMA energy market investigation: The UK needs a carbon tax?

On the surface, the latest CMA energy market investigation (Competition and Markets Authority) report appears to be criticising the big six consumer energy suppliers (CMA reports). Consumers have footed a bill between 2009-2013 (the report focus) ...

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Introducing our new South America team leaders

Solar 350 is pleased to welcome onboard two very experienced project procurement experts to lead our South American business development programme. Axel Schmid will be heading-up our growing deal stream in South America, assisted by Jennifer Rivera ...

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Declining renewable power subsidies vs. smart grids

Last week the wind industry was shocked (but not exactly surprised) by the government’s announcement it would be ending subsidies for onshore wind projects a year earlier than previously promised. It’s a move that potentially threatens ...

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Creating value from global trends and “guanxi”

With our NDNCNSA (Non-Disclosure, Non Circumvent, Non Solicitation Agreement) and Term Sheets detailing the scope of our relationship with a major Infrastructure Fund now signed, Deal Stream 1 is coming online. Deal Stream 1 will consist of 6 ...

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David Burns joins Solar 350 as Chairman

Solar 350 is delighted to announce David Burns’ appointment as our new Chairman. Having been an early investor and independent director of the company in its initial stages, David is taking on the leadership of the board to oversee a critical ...

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Peruvian Solar Development Partnership – Update

Following-on from last week’s announcement of our partnership with a major Peruvian engineering firm, we’re pleased to formally announce our new plans with Tecnicas Metalicas, headquartered in Lima. Founded in 1979, Tecnicas Metalicas is a heavy ...

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350 Signs New Peruvian Solar Development Partnership

After a successful trip to Lima earlier this year, we’re excited to announce we’ve partnered with a large Peruvian engineering firm ($100m turnover) to begin operations within Peru’s nascent solar energy industry. Our role is to take the ...

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“Is it raining?” and other strange election result predictors…

In a break from our usual focus on carbon reduction and renewable energy investment, this week I’ve hijacked Renewable Money with a prediction about the UK general election tomorrow. You might not know that old hands from the politics circuit ...

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Election Special: How to vote for lower carbon emissions?

As Britain is gripped by election fever it seems the issue of climate change and CO2 reduction has taken a back seat. But rising global CO2 emissions will have a significant impact on the nation’s future health and economic prosperity, so although ...

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Solar 350 News: 2015 shaping up to be a huge year

Hot on the heels of bringing on our new CFO, Justin Passfield, Solar 350 can announce we’ve signed agreements with 3 major independent power producers, all of which are exchange-listed entities and of Chinese origin. Obviously we can’t say too ...

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Justin Passfield joins 350 Team

We’re delighted to announce Justin Passfield has joined the team to take on the role of Chief Financial Officer. As 350 gears up for a busy 2015/2016 project programme, Justin’s experience and industry insights will prove invaluable as we ...

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Living the good life: off-grid home tech… and pigs.

Last week we wrote about the emerging home battery scene, and how Nissan and Tesla have been developing interoperability between EVs and domestic home systems. A great way to go off-grid and devised (originally) by enterprising DIY energy geeks with ...

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Solar 350 at the British Chinese Energy Association

Last week it was great to be a speaker at the British Chinese Energy Association event “Away from the coal face and towards the light – renewables from a practitioner’s point of view” in London. In a packed day with great ...

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Disrupting the grid: Nissan and Tesla EVs for home energy

Clean renewable home energy has an arch nemesis. It’s not (as some green narratives might suggest) powerful oil lobbies holding it back for the sake of profits though, it’s much more boring than that. The supervillain of clean energy is ...

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Renewable subsidies destroyed the UK electricity market?

A couple of days ago, The Centre for Policy Studies released a report titled: Central Planning with Market Features: how renewable subsidies destroyed the UK electricity market. (You can read the report here). The UK press jumped onto this story and ...

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Electricity markets and politics appear complicated?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that green energy, electricity markets and politics appear complicated. A couple of weeks back we saw Greenpeace criticising the UK Government’s UK Export Finance scheme’s decision to loan $1bn in funding ...

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Building renewable energy in Colombia and Panama

Good news from Solar 350 this week as NASDAQ listed Chinese renewables investors gave the “green light” for two of our 100MW solar development projects in the S. Atacama desert, Chile. (You can learn more about this project in detail in ...

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CfD auction results: a ROC and a hard place

Last week the UK Government announced the winners (and losers) in the UK’s first Green Energy CfD (Contracts for Difference) auction. This will be remembered as a turning point in green energy policy, the landmark beginning-of-the-end of indirect ...

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UK Green Energy tax breaks pt 2: Towards a carbon tax?

In part one of this post we considered the crunch that changing tax legislation will bring to the UK renewable energy sector in 2015. Green investment tax breaks for many renewable electricity generators have already been cut, and this year even ...

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UK green energy tax breaks: The clock is ticking…part 1

As this current tax year comes to an end in the UK, one of the biggest changes to the way we invest in renewable energy is due to fully kick in. The green energy tax breaks clock is ticking down over the next couple of months. From April 6 2015, the ...

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Are renewable subsidy cuts good for carbon emissions?

(Image credit: Images_of_Money via Flickr Creative Commons) It might seem counter intuitive, but there’s an argument to be made that cutting renewable energy subsidies might not be a bad thing for the industry, and rising CO2 levels as well. ...

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The rise of renewable energy in Chile

Earlier this month Enel Green Energy brought 100MW of solar panels online in the South Atacama Desert in Chile. The South Atacama is also where our Solar Development company Solar 350 is about to start building our own solar parks, and where our ...

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The future’s bright… renewable energy development is too.

We’re coming up on the end of January in a year that will mark some major new developments for 350PPM and its family of companies. 2015 will be a groundbreaking year for us, quite literally, as we’re poised to break ground on our first SuperSol ...

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