The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has disbursed a US$120 million financing package to Areaflin, S.A. to support the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Valentines Wind Farm in Uruguay.
The 70 MW project will provide clean energy to over 100,000 Uruguayans at cheaper rates than fossil-fuel based alternatives. It will generate approximately 311.4 GWh of renewable energy per year and will reduce annual emissions by approximately 187,726 tons of CO2e.
The financing includes an IDB A-loan of US$68.6 million, a B-loan of US$17 million from BBVA, and a US$34.3 million Co-loan from the China Co-Financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean. The A-loan and the Co-loan offer a tenor of 18 years, while the B-loan has a tenor of 16 years.
Uruguay's state-run electric utility, Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE), owns 20% of Areaflin’s shares. The project attracted the remaining 80% of the capital through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Montevideo Stock Exchange in December 2016.
Valentines is the first wind project to access Uruguayan capital markets tapping exclusively individual investors. The transaction has introduced new financing options for renewable energy projects in the country, increasing the participation of local investors.
About the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group), is a multilateral development bank committed to supporting the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IIC finances sustainable enterprises and projects to achieve financial results that maximize social and environmental development for the region. With a current portfolio of US$11 billion under management and 350 clients in 21 countries, the IIC works across sectors to provide innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the evolving demands of its clients.
About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.
- José Luis Lobera