Canadian Solar Secures US$50 Million Long-Term Financing for a 100.1 MWp Solar Power Project in Argentina
GUELPH, Ontario: Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced it has secured US$50 million in non-recourse project financing for its 100.1 MWp solar power project in Cafayate, Salta Province, Argentina.
The US$50 million non-recourse financing package, arranged by CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, consists of a US$30 million CAF A-loan with a 15-year tenor, a US$15 million parallel loan from the Argentinian Development Bank of Investment and Foreign Trade (BICE) with a 15-year tenor, and a US$5 million parallel loan from the Bank of the City of Buenos Aires (Banco de la Ciudad) with a 10-year tenor.
CAF and Canadian Solar have a financing target of US$75 million, and are seeking an additional US$25 million in senior financing which is expected to close in early 2019.
Canadian Solar’s Cafayate Project is financed under the RenovAR program. The program was launched in 2016 to increase energy from renewables sources to 20% of the national electricity energy consumption by 2025. The program comprises 20-year U.S. dollar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with indexation, fiscal incentives for investment in projects, and a three-level guarantee mechanism, including a World Bank guarantee and the Argentina’s government guarantee through the Trust Fund for Renewable Energy (FODER).
The Cafayate solar project was awarded a U.S. dollar indexed PPA of US$56.28/MWh during the second renewable public tender (RenovAR 1.5).
The solar project is currently under construction and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2019. Approximately 289,800 Canadian Solar’s high efficiency MaxPower CS6U-P 345 W modules will be installed. Once energized, the power plant will generate around 239,696 MWh of electricity per year, which will be sold to CAMMESA, the national wholesale power market administrator and clearinghouse.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar commented, “We are delighted to secure high-quality, long-term financing of up to 15 years which is a testament to the success of the Argentina government and the World Bank in designing a robust RenovAR program. The program is expected to attract US$15 billion in renewable energy investments over the next decade in Argentina. We value our partnership with leading financial institutions across Argentina and Latin America to promote the growth of clean renewable energy in the region.”
The mission of CAF, Development Bank of Latin America, is to promote sustainable development and regional integration by means of financing projects in the public and private sectors, providing technical cooperation, and other specialized services. Created in 1970, it is made up of 19 countries, 17 Latin American and Caribbean, together with Spainand Portugal, and 13 private banks, it is one of the main sources of multilateral financing and an important generator of knowledge for the region. More information in www.caf.com. CAF, Direction of Strategic Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us at: Facebook: CAF.America.Latina / Twitter: @AgendaCAF
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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