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Obton amongst the 11 largest European solar asset owners

Danish investment company Obton sits 11th on the ranking of the biggest asset owners in the European solar business, according to a recent report from the industry platform Solarplaza.

The IKEA-effect: How big companies are driving demand for renewable energy

Corporate demand for renewable energy will only continue to rise in the future. To understand what is driving the change, you need only look at IKEA. The global furniture retailer is rapidly becoming a corporate activist in the area of sustainability. One of the first milestones is IKEA’s own energy consumption, and a company the size of IKEA has the power to increase global demand for renewable energy, explains our analyst.

Record earnings yet again at Obton Group

Increasing interest in sustainable investments, expansions on the European and Australian markets and an increase in the number of real estate projects have resulted in a pre-tax profit of EUR 19,5 million for Obton Group

Why solar energy is back from the dead in Spain

Optimism seems to have returned to the Spanish solar market after a lost decade of sluggish growth. Our expert offers her views on why solar energy looks poised to transform the Spanish energy system.

France: Obton among winners in major solar PV auction

France is set to add another 855 MW of solar energy to its production after the completion of its fifth major solar PV auction. The auction approved a total of 118 new ground-mounted solar PV projects – Obton’s French subsidiary, Coruscant Développement, is responsible for two of these.

France – between nuclear and renewables

The French government has laid out ambitious plans to massively expand its renewable energy production in the next decade. The plan will mean closing coal-fired power plants. However, the country has put the brakes on its plans to phase out a number of nuclear reactors. This approach risks making the transition to renewable energy more expensive to French consumers, warns our expert.

Is planning the biggest threat to renewable energy?

The biggest obstacle in the transition to renewables-based energy systems may be neither technology nor cost, a new report suggests. Already today, renewable energy projects can be stalled by lengthy planning processes, and this challenge is only set to increase. Solar energy, however, may partly solve the planning problem, suggests our expert.

Renewables: On the brink of a storage breakthrough?

As even more renewable energy is added to our energy systems, the need for reliable and scalable storage technologies increases. And there is cause for cautious optimism regarding energy storage, explains our expert.

2019 in solar: 5 predictions for the new year

Solar energy is rapidly taking its place as a key renewable in the energy system of the future. That trend will only continue in 2019. Our expert offers his predictions on important events that may either slow or accelerate the rise of solar energy.

Why joint ventures may be the future of renewable energy projects

Obton is increasingly targeting joint venture projects with local developers in different countries. Three new solar projects are currently underway in Australia following the collaboration between Obton and the developer Torus. The joint venture model allows local knowledge and international project financing to work hand in hand, and this has resulted in a fast and flexible start-up process.

How a trade war is boosting solar energy in Europe

While China and the USA exchange blows in a tit for tat trade war, the real winners of the conflict may be found beyond these countries. European solar PV developers and European consumers both stand to benefit from the trade war between the two superpowers, explains our expert.

How earthquakes are changing the Dutch energy system

For more than 50 years, the Netherlands has been blessed by its enormous natural gas reserves. But recent events have shown the Dutch that cheap and abundant energy can also come at a price. Trade attaché at the Embassy of Denmark in the Netherlands, Heide Ehlert-Jürgensen, explains why the Dutch energy system is changing rapidly.

What EU’s new renewable target will mean for solar energy

The EU has adopted a new 32% target for renewable energy by 2030. This new ambitious target is likely to boost solar deployment even further in European member states, predicts our expert.

Renewables: How the Dutch can meet its impossible targets

The Netherlands is undertaking the enormous task of transforming its energy system. Historically, the Dutch have relied heavily on their gas reserves, but with natural deposits dwindling, the country is looking to renewable energy to meet its energy demands. And as Obton’s CEO, Anders Marcus, explains, solar energy will play a key role.

Beyond subsidies - the future of the European solar PV market

Though moving at wildly different speeds, the European markets for solar PVs are gradually shifting away from subsidies to market-based pricing, as the cost of solar energy has been dramatically reduced in the past years. Here, we look at three examples of how European countries are promoting renewable energy.

Why you should care about cleaning your solar PV array

Keeping a solar photovoltaic (PV) array clean of dust, dirt and debris is not as easy as it may sound. Deciding when and how often to clean them is something of an art form. Our expert in the field shares his secrets.

Common (and costly) sources of PV yield loss – and how to avoid them

Even relatively minor inefficiencies in a PV plant can result in substantial yield loss. We offer a few tips on how to keep your facility running smoothly.

How to develop successful solar PV projects – a brief check list

There are numerous hurdles and pitfalls for a solar photovoltaic project to make it from the idea stage to a fully operational facility. By doing your homework, you minimize the risk of unpleasant – and costly – surprises, advises our expert.

Acquisition of independent power producer Coruscant serves as a catalyst for Obton’s growth ambitions for a further 100-200 MWp in France

Last week, Obton announced its acquisition of French independent power producer Coruscant. The deal involves the acquisition of 30 MWp solar projects in operation, while another 20 MWp are under construction. The acquisition is a key part of Obton’s growth strategy in France where the ambition is to expand the existing portfolio by 100-200 MWp in the coming years.

Obton, Ambassador, King's Commissioner and Mayor inaugurate 14 MWp solarpark in the Netherlands

Once completed, the solar park will consist of 117.000 modules supplying electricity to nearly 3.000 households. The inauguration ceremony on the construction site marks the culmination of a dedicated effort from Obton and the collaborators involved.

Obton acquires co-ownership of Italian 50 MWp solar portfolio

The agreement makes Obton one of the 2 main shareholders in the solar PV-project, Copernico, which also includes Italian institutional investors. In addition to co-ownership of the solar PV-project, Obton shall also be a part of the project investment committee which holds the overall responsibility for the operation of the project’s PV-plants.

Obton explores Canada with established Canadian project developer

Obton enters the Canadian market with full effect through an equity investment into the experienced renewable energy developer Perimeter Solar Inc. Obton enters co-ownership deal with recognized Canadian project developers, Perimeter Solar Inc. The co-ownership means that Obton now owns 49% of the company, who has more than 280 MW under development in Canada.

Obton Holding II A/S achieves solid results for 2016

Obton Holding II A/S – the parent company of Obton A/S and Koncenton A/S - publishes an EBIT of DKK 78 million for the financial year 2016. This is a historic result, showing a 90% improvement over 2015.

Obton attends Intersolar 2017

Once again, Obton is in Munich for the worlds largest exhibition for the solar industry. The procurement team at Obton has dedicated the next few days to network, meet new and existing business partners and be inspired by an exhibition with nearly 40,000 visitors.

With 9 Mwp Obton enters UK

Finalizing the transaction of two solar PV projects of 4.9 MWp and 4.1 MWp respectively, the Danish investment company enters the scene of the UK solar market.

Obton A/S enters the Dutch PV-market

After extended analysis of the market, we are proud to announce that Obton has invested in a solar park of 14 MWp in the northeastern parts of the Netherlands. It is the first time Obton enters the Dutch market for solar power, and with this investment Obton manages one of the largest solar projects in the Netherlands.

Obton, Rabobank agree on EUR 30,2 M refinancing of operational PV-portfolio in Belgium

In late December 2016, Obton and Dutch multinational bank Rabobank finalized the refinancing of an operational PV-portfolio of 40 rooftops to a total capacity of 12,85 MWp. Early 2016, the Belgian PV-plants were acquired and added to Obtons portfolio of renewable energy assets with a total of 250 MWp.

Obton A/S and NORD/LB complete third rooftop solar transaction in France

In a prompt and effective 4 months period, Obton A/S and NORD/LB have deployed a total debt volume of EUR 48 M, proving the efficiency and strength of the partnership.