October 31, 2022
BIG Energia Holdings won an international tender for the construction of a combined wind and solar project in Bileća in Bosnia and Herzegovina and entered into a long-term lease of property in Romania for the construction of a solar power plant.
BIG Energia Holdings, a Hungarian subsidiary of Israel-based BIG Shopping Centers, was selected at an international tender for a combined wind and solar project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with Mega Or Holdings and through a local company. The power plant is envisaged to be built on state-owned land near the village of Planik in Bileća.
The future renewables facility comprises an 80 MW solar park and a 40 MW wind farm. The cost of development and construction will be approximately EUR 108 million, the company told Balkan Green Energy News. It estimates that gross revenues from sales of electricity would reach EUR 14.6 million in the first year of operation after balancing payments to the electricity grid (based on a sale price of EUR 60 per MWh). Total EBITDA is estimated at approximately EUR 13 million annually.
Bileća, located in the eastern Herzegovina region, is one of the preferred destinations in the country and beyond for investments in solar power.
New solar project in Romania is worth EUR 26 million
Additionally, the company announced that its Hungarian subsidiary BIG Energia Holdings has entered into a long-term land lease agreement, through a Romanian company it holds, with the aim to construct a photovoltaic plant. The development and construction cost is estimated at EUR 26 million. The contract is for 35 years with an option for an additional term of 25 years.
The company said that gross revenues would reach approximately EUR 3.5 million in the first year of operation after balancing payments to the electricity grid, based on a sales price of EUR 60 per MWh. Total EBITDA is estimated at EUR 3 million annually.
The solar farm near Roşiori and Troianul in Romania’s south will have an estimated installed capacity of 40 MW.
BIG’s renewables project pipeline reached 1.4 GW
CEO of the company’s European operations Yossi Edelstein said that over the past year it has acquired projects amounting to 500 MW, translating to investments of EUR 520 million in total. It is handling a total project pipeline of 1.4 GW, reflecting the strategy to invest in green energy ventures and become a leading and dominant renewable energy player in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The construction of some of the projects is anticipated to begin in 2023.
The construction of some of the renewable electricity plants is scheduled to start next year
The management plans to identify additional investment opportunities in the sector in Eastern Europe and the Balkans if they meet the company’s investment criteria.
Environmental policy is core component of company’s DNA
“As an integral part of project development, we conduct environmental surveys by the highest international standards, while taking all the relevant factors into consideration and communicating with the local population that lives in the area surrounding the projects we are developing. Environmental protection is at the heart of the company’s operations, which promote green energy activity in the target countries as part of a well-defined environmental policy that is a core component of the company’s DNA,” the statement adds.
The above-stated information regarding the projects, including the project data, the signing of the license agreement, probability of closing financing, timetables, costs, revenues and total revenues, is all forward-looking information, as defined in the Securities Law, 1968, and solely an estimate based on the information, estimates and data company management has in its possession on the date of the report, BIG Shopping Centers said.
BIG Shopping Centers focuses on developing, operating, and investing in open-air shopping and lifestyle centers, logistics, offices, and residential and renewable energy.
BIG was established in 1994 by Yehuda Naftali. It is a leading real estate group in Israel, focusing on developing, operating, and investing in open-air shopping and lifestyle centers, logistics, offices, and residential and renewable energy. BIG is a public company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since 2006, with a market cap of EUR 3.1 billion as of December 31, 2021.
It is included in the prestigious TA-35 index of 35 prominent companies listed on the stock exchange in Israel. BIG is the controlling shareholder (circa 85%) of AFI Properties Ltd. Since January 2021, AFI Properties has been a leading entrepreneurial company of high magnitude yielding real estate assets, mainly focusing on offices and residential sectors.
The company operates in Israel, Serbia, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic. AFI Properties was listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in 2004. Its market cap amounted to EUR 2.1 billion as of December 31, 2021.