The funding has been raised for the second phase of the 1.3GW Andes Renovables wind and solar power platform


Mainstream raises $620m funding for Andes Renovables project. (Credit: Mainstream Renewable Power.)

Utility-scale wind and solar power plants developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has secured funding to start construction on the second phase of its 1.3GW Andes Renovables wind and solar power platform in Chile.

The company has obtained $620m in debt from a consortium of five banks that include IDB Invest, KfW IPEX-Bank, DNB, CaixaBank and MUFG, to fund the second phase construction of Andes Renovables.

Additionally, a sixth bank, Santander, has provided a value-added tax (VAT) facility for the project.

The Andes Renovables second phase, named as Huemul, consists of three onshore wind and two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of 630MW.

MRP said that the five projects are currently in the pre-construction stage and are expected to start commercial operation between 2021 and 2022.

Once operational, the power generated from the second phase will be sufficient to supply electricity about 781,000 Chilean households, while offsetting 744,200 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Vestas, Nordex Group and Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for Andes Renovables

Mainstream Group chief executive Mary Quaney said: “Reaching financial close on the second phase of our Andes Renovables platform is a further positive step on Mainstream’s journey to delivering Latin America’s number one wind and solar PV power generation platform.

“Despite the uncertain economic environment caused by COVID-19, today’s announcement is testament to the support of the banking consortium of Mainstream as the world’s leading independent developer of renewable energy.”

The company has selected Vestas, Nordex Group and Siemens Gamesa to supply wind turbines for the projects.

Sacyr Industrial, SEMI and Elecnor will be in-charge of constructing the wind farm assets, while Sterling & Wilson and Metka-Egn will construct the solar PV assets.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will supply all five main power transformers while Transelec, Inprolec and a consortium of Isotron and Siemens will work on the grid connection works for the project.

In May this year, Mainstream has started constructing the transmission lines for the second phase of its Andes Renovables platform.