01 Apr 22 News Projects Colombia

Mainstream signs Private PPA for 100 MW solar project in Colombia

Mainstream Renewable Power, the global renewable energy company, has commercialised its first development in Colombia by signing a deal to supply 180 Gigawatt hours of clean energy each year in a private power purchase agreement (PPA).

Mainstream will build the 100 MW Andromeda solar PV plant, located in Toluviejo, Colombia, to supply the electricity to Air-e, a Colombian energy distribution company. 

The PPA has a tenure of 15 years, and will come into effect from 2024, once the c. 195,000 solar panels are installed and new transmission infrastructure is in place.

This expansion of Mainstream’s activities in Latin America builds on its leading position in Chile, where it is building the 1.37 GW Andes Renovables platform, due to be completed next year, in addition to launching the new 1 GW Nazca Renovables platform.

Mainstream has a total portfolio of over 5.5 GW in Latin America, and has been actively growing its development pipeline of wind and solar assets in Colombia since 2019. The company is managing its Colombian activities from its office in the country’s capital, Bogotá.  

Mainstream was one of four companies awarded a contract as part of the competitive auction run by Air-e, in which Mainstream secured 50% of the total available capacity in the process.

This follows major successes in other markets across the world, including obtaining preferred bidder status for 1.27 GW of wind and solar projects in South Africa, and completing the divestment of Aela Energia in Chile.

Mainstream CEO Mary Quaney revealed Andromeda is the first in a much larger pipeline of clean energy projects for Colombia

Mainstream recently announced that Mitsui & Co. Ltd, one of the leading Japanese general trading and investment firms, has agreed to invest €575 million in Mainstream, corresponding to a 27.5 percent equity stake, and will take a long-term active role in the growth of the company alongside its existing long-term strategic investor, Aker Horizons. 

Mary Quaney, Mainstream’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "Mainstream is proud to announce our first major milestone in Colombia, a country with huge potential to transition quickly to renewable energy.

"We have been at the leading edge of developing clean energy around the world, from Chile to South Africa, and our work in Colombia is a key example of how Mainstream intends to accelerate its growth trajectory with the support of Aker Horizons and our new long-term strategic investor Mitsui & Co.

"We look forward to building on this significant achievement in Colombia and enabling it to decarbonise through the large-scale deployment of renewables – with hundreds of megawatts already in the pipeline, we are well on our way."

Attending the agreement signing were (l-r) Mainstream’s Regional Manager Colombia & Central America, Kevin Taylor, Jhon Jairo Toro of Air-e, Vice Minister Miguel Lotero Robledo and Manuel Tagle, Mainstream Latam General Manager

Miguel Lotero Robledo, Colombia’s Vice Minister for Mines and Energy, said: "The entry of energy from non-conventional renewable sources to the electricity grid of La Guajira, Atlántico and Magdalena, thanks to this Air-e auction, ratifies the country's commitment to an environmentally friendly energy transition, while adding reliability to the system."

Jhon Jairo Toro, General Manager for Air-e, said: "This new mechanism of auctions and long-term contracting will enable the construction of solar projects in the departments of Bolivar, Magdalena, Sucre, Valle del Cauca and Tolima.

"This auction represents an important milestone for the company, its customers and the country because we want to promote the production of energy in an environmentally friendly manner. We also seek competitive prices for the benefit of our customers."