Canadian Solar gets $20 million financing for PV project in Brazil

Chinese-Canadian PV producer and project developer Canadian Solar has received a $20 million unsecured financing from the China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund (CPDFund).

The company will use the funds to finance part of its 191 MW Pirapora I Project in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The project was granted a long-term power purchase agreement in the second auction for large-scale renewable energy and solar projects, which was held by the Brazilian government in 2015.

In October, Canadian Solar sold an 80% interest in the project to EDF EN do Brazil, a unit of French renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is itself part of France’s energy giant EDF.

“This milestone funding from the CPDFund cements our collaboration towards the CPDFund’s investment into high-quality solar energy projects developed by Canadian Solar in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries worldwide,” said the company’s CEO and chairman Shawn Qu.

Canadian Solar is currently developing additional PV power projects totaling 207 MW in Brazil. Moreover, the company has recently commissioned a 380 MW solar module manufacturing facility in the country.

All large-scale PV projects must be developed through the auction mechanism in Brazil. Overall, the local government held three renewable energy and solar power auctions to date. The government had planned a fourth auction for December 2016. This, however, was canceled and the Brazilian authorities have not said yet when the next one will take place.