The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has signed a US$75 million loan package to finance the Solem PV project, which consists of the design, construction and operation of two adjoining solar PV plants with a combined installed capacity of 350 MWp. The project is sponsored by Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited and Alten R.E. Developments America B.V. in the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico.
The project will be the largest solar power plant in Latin America and among the first renewable energy projects to reach financial close under the new long-term auction (“Subasta de Largo Plazo” – SLP) framework following the 2014 Mexican energy reform. It will supply approximately 800GWh of energy per year and reduce the Mexico’s carbon footprint by avoiding greenhouse emissions equivalent to approximately 340,000 tons CO2 per year.
The project will connect to the Mexican national grid, contribute to the expansion of Mexico’s energy matrix and provide renewable energy at affordable prices. Of the $75 million in financing provided by the IDB Group, 36% is from the IDB, 24% from the IIC, 27% from the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas (C2F) and 13% from China Co-Financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean. The tenor of the IDB Group financing is 20.4 years.
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 $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