About

Who we are

Lyon Group is an Australian-based independent partnership established in 2003 by founders David Green, Nicholas O’Day and Vanessa Sullivan. Lyon is the only company of its kind in Australia.

Lyon was established to focus on the investment opportunities at the nexus of the energy, carbon, water and agricultural sectors.

We bring innovative solutions to the opportunities and challenges of a changing climate and economy.

Integrated solar and battery storage

Lyon’s founders have arranged debt and equity financing and structured over $10 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects. They each have more than 20 years of renewables and energy market experience spanning Japan, other parts of Asia, Australia and Europe.

In 2012, Lyon began development of the Lakeland Solar PV and Storage Project, then the largest and most advanced grid connected large-scale combined solar PV and battery storage project in the world. We’re now leading the roll-out of Australia’s biggest pipeline of large-scale solar PV and battery storage projects, which will play a central role in Australia’s energy transition.

Our projects take advantage of the wide range of functions and services that battery storage offers – in its own right and when integrated with renewable generation. We use first tier suppliers and advisers, and identify opportunities for local engagement and employment during project construction and operation.

Experience

Lyon is a principal investor. Our team has extensive experience in originating commercial opportunities, developing assets and acquisition opportunities, executing transactions, raising capital (debt and equity) and in active management of developed and acquired assets.

Lyon’s team combines a strong understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks in the Australasian region with a broad network of relationships with industry participants, specialist advisors, investment bankers, financiers and regulators. This provides Lyon with a unique ability to source and execute off-market investment opportunities, manage investments and pursue its principal development of projects.

While we have focussed on the energy, water, agriculture and carbon sectors, we also have experience in other infrastructure-dominant sectors such as ports, transport and communications.

Lyon’s partners and clients have included infrastructure utilities, multinational energy and resource companies, major Asian based food conglomerates, Japanese trading companies, governments, alternatives asset managers, multilateral government agencies, and international banks.

INFRASTRUCTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURING

Lyon has particular expertise in the structuring, establishment, placement and management of infrastructure funds, having been involved in over 10 listed or unlisted infrastructure funds since 2006. These funds were both broad based and industry specific with the team having extensive experience in the energy, water, ports, transport and communications sectors.

The Funds including the Asia Infrastructure Fund, a joint venture with The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, active management of a $2 billion European infrastructure portfolio, and a Shar’ah fund for the Asia Development Bank.

ENERGY PROJECTS

Prior to commencing development of its Australian large-scale solar storage projects, the Lyon team developed and financed 75 MW of solar PV projects, almost 300 MW of wind projects and over 5000 MW of thermal generation projects.

CAPITAL RAISING AND STRUCTURING

The Lyon team has arranged debt and equity financing and structured over $10 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

The Lyon team has had extensive experience in the water sector, particularly in relation to its reform, economics, project assessment, development and asset acquisition and management. We have utilised this experience to establish a Water Infrastructure Fund to hold assets acquired by Lyon and to allow investors to take advantage of investing in this class of assets.

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTOR

The Lyon team has substantial experienced in the agricultural and food sectors and has close relationships with major producers and international offtakers of agricultural product.

Lyon is currently developing, in conjunction with a number of international partners, a major integrated multi-crop agriculture production/manufacturing cluster which utilises renewable energy and recycled water. The project makes use of underutilised agricultural land to significantly enhance production capacity from the land, uses only renewable energy for the advanced manufacturing of the produce for export, and treatment and recycling of water.

Selected Track Record – Clean Energy


Toshisaisei Solar
Principal developer of 30 MW utility scale portfolio of solar PV projects in Japan
CDM Projects
Principal developer of 9 UN certified China based CDM projects in efficiency, abatement and hydro
Yuanda Hydro
Principal investor in bid to acquire 70 MW hydro stations in Jiang Xi & Yang Jiang
EIJ
Principal investor in acquisition of renewables developer – Energy Initiative Japan
Olivo Wind
Principal investor in acquisition of 158 MW Olivo wind farm portfolio in Spain
Niederrhein Wind
Principal investor in acquisition of 19.5 MW wind farm portfolio in Germany

Selected Track Record – Power and Utilities


ElectraNet
Led the sale of Powerlink’s 41% economic interest in ElectraNet to State Grid Corporation of China
Aomori gas fired plant
Principal developer of 2000 MW gas fired power plant and LNG receiving terminal in Aomori Prefecture
Ube coal fired plant
Principal in the development of a 1400MW coal fired power plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Energy trading JV
Principal in the establishment of a regional energy trading JV between Enron and Sojitz
IEG
Principal in acquisition and management of International Energy Group, a diversified gas business in the UK and Europe
Utility Grid Installations
Principal in acquisition of Utility Grid Installations, a UK based independent gas transportation business
BHP Billiton
Advisor to BHP Billiton on the provision of energy risk management products in Japan

Selected Track Record – Infrastructure Funds


Water Infrastructure Australia
Principal in the establishment of Water Infrastructure Australia fund
Asia Infrastructure Fund
Principal in establishing a joint venture fund between Babcock & Brown and The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
Sovereign wealth fund
Advisor to a sovereign wealth fund on the identification of a strategic partner for a new global PE fund and a new infrastructure fund
Islamic Infrastructure Fund
Advisor to ADB on the ADB/ IDB sponsored Islamic Infrastructure Fund
SE Asia infrastructure fund
Advisor to a SE Asia infrastructure fund on establishment of governance and risk management, OH&S, performance management and reporting for infrastructure investments
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