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Infratil, Super Fund invest in US firm

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016 Tina Morrison

Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund have teamed up to invest in US renewable energy development company Longroad Energy Holdings.

The Kiwi team, which has previously invested together in Australian retirement village RetireAustralia, New Zealand retirement village Metlifecare and fuel retailer Z Energy, will own Longroad in partnership with the company's management team, Infratil said.

Longroad is focused on the development of utility-scale wind and solar generation in North America and over time it will provide an option for further investment in stable, low-risk operating assets, the company said.

Infratil has been scouting for new investments, having accumulated $1 billion of capital after selling its Z Energy, Lumo and iSite holdings in the 2016 financial year.

The Longroad investment gives the Kiwi team exposure to one of the largest and fastest growing renewable markets in the world.

"We sought an experienced and proven management team with the ability to operate a large-scale development platform," said Infratil chief executive Marko Bogoievski. "Following an extensive review of potential opportunities, Longroad emerged as the best candidate to realise our ambitions in the market."

The Longroad management team were previously involved in First Wind, which Infratil said was one of the most successful independent renewable energy development teams in the US over the past decade.

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