CANADIAN SOLAR CLOSES US$69.0 MILLION FINANCING WITH BANCOMEXT AND BANCO SABADELL FOR SOLAR PROJECT IN MEXICO
Arranged by Canadian Solar, the $69.0 million non-recourse financing package was provided by Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, S.N.C. (“Bancomext”) and Banco Sabadell. Bancomext is a Mexican Development Bank and Export Credit Agency, whereas Banco Sabadell is a commercial banking group headquartered in Spain.
The financing package consists of a US$53.2 million long-term loan, a US$5.6 million letter of credit facility, and a US$10.2 million Value Added Tax (VAT) short-term loan. Proceeds from the long-term loan will be used to repay a US$45 million construction loan that was previously provided by Natixis.
The Aguascalientes project was awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) during the 2016 inaugural Mexico energy auction. Electricity generated by the plant will be sold to Comisión Federal de Electricidad, under a 15-year PPA for energy and capacity, and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates. The solar power plant utilizes over 200,000 high-efficiency CS6U-PMax Power modules supplied by Canadian Solar and is expected to begin its commercial operations before the end of December 2018.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, “We are pleased to partner with Bancomext and Banco Sabadell to support Mexico’s goal of reaching 35% renewable energy by 2024. We already have a 436 MWp late-stage pipeline with contracted PPAs in Mexico. These solar projects will enable Canadian Solar to create many local jobs across the Aguascalientes, Hermosillo, and Obregón regions.”
About Canadian Solar Inc.
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar also has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 17 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 30 GW of premium quality modules to over 150 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.
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