SunEdison, Inc. today announced that it has secured financing and started construction on the 110MW DC Quilapilun solar power plant in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. The energy produced by the solar plant is expected to be sold to the regulated market through long-term power purchase agreements with local electricity suppliers.
"This project is our first solar plant in the Metropolitan Region, and further advances our position as a renewable energy leader in Chile," stated Carlos Barrera, SunEdison vice president for Latin America. "Solar energy has become cost competitive with other energy generation sources in the country. With solar, we are able to supply regulated market consumers with clean energy at lower prices than they pay now." Barrera added, "SunEdison is pleased to have the support of two top financial institutions, CorpBanca and DNB, on this project. Our strong relationships with institutions like these will help us deliver cost effective solar energy as we grow the industry in Chile."
"CorpBanca is highly interested in supporting SunEdison, one of the most dynamic renewable energy companies in Chile," said Rodrigo Oyarzo, CorpBanca head of Corporate Banking. "For more than two years CorpBanca has been leading the Chilean banking industry, providing financial services and innovative financing structures in the energy sector. DNB is proud to finance SunEdison's growth plan in Latin America," commented Emilio Fabbrizzi, DNB head of Project Finance Latin America. "We were able to offer competitive financing terms thanks to the bankable power purchase agreement SunEdison has in place."
The Quilapilun solar plant is expected to generate 242GWh of electricity a year, enough to power 117,000 homes, and should eliminate the emission of more than 125,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of removing 28,000 cars from Chilean roads. SunEdison previously committed the Quilapilun project to the Call Right Project List for TerraForm Power, Inc. TerraForm Power intends to acquire the power plant once it is operational. Interconnection of the 110MW solar plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.
"Today's announcement underscores the important role our call rights with SunEdison play on TerraForm Power's growth strategy," said Carlos Domenech, Chief Executive Officer of TerraForm Power. "This solar project more than doubles our footprint in the fast-growing Chilean solar market and provides significant value to our shareholders."