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Crédit Agricole Private Equity ha acquisito una partecipazione azionaria in Elettrostudio Energia, azienda italiana produttrice di energia “verde”. L’operazione è stata orchestrata da Crédit Agricole Private Equity attraverso il suo fondo FCPR Capenergie, che ha investito €4.5m, e da FriulAdria, sussidiaria italiana del Crédit Agricole, con €500.000.
Fondata nel 1985 dalla famiglia Ceroni, il gruppo Elettrostudio, di Mestre, offre un vasto portafoglio di servizi nell’ambito della generazione il trasporto e la distribuzione dell’energia.
In 2005, Elettrostudio created Elettrostudio Energia, a subsidiary specialising in green energy production using wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power. The company aims to have 250MW in operation by 2013.
Italy installed capacity of 3,736MW in wind energy and 120MWp in solar energy at the end of 2008, with growth rates of 15 per cent and 140 per cent a year respectively.
Marco Ceroni, Chairman of Elettrostudio Energia, said, ‘We have chosen Crédit Agricole Private Equity for its expertise in renewable energy and its ability to work with companies in the sector in both France and Italy. With this partner, we will be able to step up our rate of project development and achieve our target installed capacity.’
Serge Savasta, head of renewable energy at Crédit Agricole Private Equity, added, ‘We are delighted to be investing in an Italian company for the first time. Italy is a buoyant market for renewable energy and we firmly believe that Elettrostudio Energia will play a major role in this market in the medium term.’
This marks Capenergie’s fifteenth investment in just three years and its first investment outside France.
Savasta added, ‘This attests to our aim of working with the fastest-growing companies in the green energy sector and on a pan-European basis.’