The Solar Power Portal Awards 2017 is now just a matter of weeks away and the shortlisted entrants have all been publicised.

Nearly 60 nominations have been shortlisted across the 12 public categories, the winners from which will be announced during the gala dinner ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on Wednesday 4 October 2017. 

The occasion, always one of the highlights of the UK solar calendar, will this year be hosted by TV personality and renowned renewables advocate Robert Llewellyn.

As we countdown to the ceremony, Solar Power Portal is to shine the spotlight on this year’s shortlisted nominations, and today we look at the Finance Innovation category.

The shortlisted entries are;

  • £150 million Refinancing of Operation Portfolio of Solar Assets – NextEnergy Capital
  • Briar Chemicals Solar PPA – RenEnergy
  • Shotwick Solar Farm – Foresight Solar Fund
  • Solar Storm Financing – Simmons & Simmons

NextEnergy Capital, owners of one of the largest portfolios of operational UK solar, refinanced 21 of its assets using an innovative financing structure which it said it had pieced together using a thorough market analysis of the option available to it.

More importantly, the refinancing package allowed the firm to optimise its capital structure and cash flows and improve returns, all the while maintaining NESF’s operational flexibility.

Refinancing 241MW of operational solar is undoubtedly an achievement, but will it set NextEnergy Capital aside from the crowd of nominees in this year’s Finance Innovation category? All will be revealed on 4 October 2017.


Tickets for the ceremony are available to purchase now, and include full access to the pre-ceremony drinks reception, black tie gala dinner, awards ceremony and evening entertainment. Tickets and table packages can be purchased online here or by contacting Sue Bradshaw.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available and include a VIP table for the evening. If you are interested in sponsoring a category at this year’s award, please contact Sue Bradshaw