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Solarpack closes a $176 million senior financing package for the largest solar PV plant in Peru’s history

By Harmon

Solarpack has signed this financing agreement, with lenders BBVA, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking

Solarpack has closed a senior financing package for the San Martin solar PV plant in Peru for a total amount of $176.6 million.

The financing has been signed with lenders Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis Corporate & Investment Baking, BBVA and BNP Paribas, using a project finance structure, being the first renewable project financed in Peru based on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between private parties. In addition, the loan has been qualified as a green financing under Solarpack's Green Financing Framework that is in accordance with the Green Loan Principles, established by the Loan Market Association, which identify initiatives that promote environmental sustainability.

The San Martin solar plant, with a total installed capacity of almost 300 MW, is currently under construction and is expected to generate more than 819 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 440,000 homes. In addition, it will prevent the emission of more than 564,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. It is the largest solar plant in Peru's history.

"The closing of this financing once again demonstrates the great confidence that major international financial institutions have in Solarpack's solvency, business model, and management," said Luis Alvargonzalez, the company's Chief Financial Officer.

In July 2023, Solarpack signed a power purchase agreement with Kallpa Generación, a leading generation & transmission company in the Peruvian power market that produces 23.44% of the country’s electricity, to support Kallpa’s own decarbonization goals. This financing, therefore, enables the project execution to proceed in the further decarbonization of Peru’s power sector and deliver on Kallpa’s commitments to its own customers.

With this project, Solarpack reaffirms its commitment to the development of renewable solutions for its customers in the countries in which it operates, furthering its growth and impact across Latin America.

In addition to the senior financing package, San Martín has also closed with BBVA, a revolving credit facility for up to $19 million to fund working capital requirements during the construction of the project.

The following institutions advised on the transaction, on the side of the lenders: Milbank (legal advisor - New York); Garrigues (legal advisor - Peru); Mott MacDonald (technical advisor and environmental and social advisor); Willis Towers Watson (insurance advisor); Grupo Mercados Energéticos Consultores (market advisor); EY (model auditor and tax advisor). The following institutions advised Solarpack: Clifford Chance (legal advisor - New York); and Estudio Rodrigo Elias & Medrano (legal advisor - Peru).

Solarpack owns 343 MW of renewable energy projects in Peru under construction and under operation.