SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Global wind and solar developer
Mainstream Renewable Power has successfully completed Financial Close
and has started constructing its 33MW Negrete Cuel Wind Farm in
southern Chile. The wind farm, which is 100% owned by Mainstream, is
expected to be fully operational by September this year.
The project has been financed without a Power Purchase Agreement and
Mainstream will sell the energy directly into the spot market. China
Development Bank has provided USD52 million in senior project finance
for the wind farm. Leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind
is supplying the project with its GW87 1.5 MW wind turbines.
Mainstream is developing 2,300MW of wind and solar projects in Chile.
The company has been active in the Chilean market since 2009 when it
partnered with local Chilean developer Andes Energy. Mainstream has
recently won a government tender to develop and build the 150MW Calama
Oeste wind farm which is located in the Atacama Desert in Northern
Chile and is currently constructing four additional wind and solar
projects in South Africa and Ireland.
Commenting on the milestone, Mainstream's Chief Executive Eddie O'Connor
said: "I am delighted to announce Mainstream's fifth project to go into
construction across three continents in a period of just six months.
Since entering the Chilean market back in 2009 Mainstream has built a
very strong and growing portfolio of wind and solar projects, many of
which are in the mid to late development stages.
He continued: This deal underpins Mainstream's position as the leading
renewable energy developer in the market. Mainstream has successfully
delivered the project on a merchant basis without a Power Purchase Agreement and secured financing with
China Development Bank. "
"Our customers choose Goldwind turbines because they are among the most
advanced and cost efficient machines available on the market today,"
said Tim Rosenzweig, CEO for Goldwind in the Americas. "We are pleased
to partner with Mainstream on the Negrete project; a deal that
demonstrates both companies' ability to compete as industry leaders in
emerging markets with well developed projects deploying best in class
About Mainstream Renewable Power
Mainstream Renewable Power is one of the world's leading independent
developers of renewable energy projects. With a development pipeline of
over 16,000MW globally it is currently constructing solar and wind
farms in Chile, Ireland and South Africa.
As Europe's leading independent offshore wind developer Mainstream is
developing just under 8GW of offshore wind projects in England,
Scotland and Germany and has 4.45GW of secured grid connection for
these offshore projects.
Mainstream is leading the Energy Bridge project which has a firm grid
connection to export 5,000MW of wind energy from Ireland to the UK's
National Grid from 2017. Mainstream is developing the wind farms and
has signed an MOU with National Grid's Business Development Arm and REN
of Portugal for the transmission infrastructure.
It employs more than 170 experienced staff across four continents with
offices in Berlin, Cape Town, Chicago, Dublin, Glasgow, Johannesburg,
London, Santiago and Toronto.
SOURCE: Mainstream Renewable Power
For further information:
Emmet Curley, Mainstream Renewable Power. +353-1-290-20-27. Emmet.firstname.lastname@example.org