Actis to Harness Solar Energy for Latin America

PV Solar Panels (MR News)

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, recently announced a commitment amounting to $525 million to establish a Pan-Latin American renewable energy platform, Atlas Renewable Energy, which will target over 1,500 MWs of installed capacity across the Latin America region.

With a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America, the investment company has finalised the acquisition of over 1,500 MW of solar PV assets from SunEdison in Latin America. The deal includes an agreement to acquire assets including 578 MW of contracted projects in operation, construction or advanced development stage, and over 1,000 MW of projects in early stage development.

Once in full operation, the projects are expected to produce enough clean energy to power over 350,000 households, reducing CO2 emissions from conventional generation by over 1.5 million tons across Latin America.

Atlas Renewable Energy's growth strategy involves both partnering in new projects and developing its own proprietary pipeline, with a focus on solar PV projects and targeting markets mainly in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile.

The business will leverage Actis' expertise in the power sector, especially in project finance, construction, and operations, to build a leading power generation company in the region. Atlas is Actis' fifth power generation platform in Latin America, following recent investments in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Central America.

"The creation of the Atlas Platform represents Actis' commitment to Latin America, recognizing its continued robust potential for renewable energy growth. This business plan will be led by a strong, tested management team with proven track record in the solar industry. We are delighted to back this management team to build and grow Atlas, and feel strongly that this transaction sets off the platform to a great start," said Michael Harrington, a partner in the Energy business at Actis.

Carlos Barrera, CEO of Atlas Renewable Energy, also added, "Actis is the undisputed leader in setting up successful platforms in Latin America and other growth markets globally. We look forward to working with them to position Atlas Renewable Energy as one of the leading renewable platforms in Latin America."

Atlas will bring on an experienced management team with a successful track record in the development and construction of solar PV projects across the region. The company will be headquartered in Santiago, Chile, and will have regional offices in Brazil and Mexico.

Actis is a signatory to the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), an investor initiative developed by the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact. Actis targets consistent superior returns across asset classes over the long-term, bringing financial and social benefits to investors, consumers and communities.