Camargo is a 30 MW solar PV project located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua in which Vector Cuatro has provided services through its three business lines: Asset Management, Transactions and Engineering.
The project, connected on April 6th, has been developed by the ‘Pequeño Productor de Energía’ scheme and has become one of the biggest PV operational projects in Mexico.
During the 8 months that the construction phase has lasted, Vector Cuatro has carried out the supervision, verifying that the highest quality standards in PV market were followed. The project has been funded entirely by Balam Fund I, L.P. and BalamCK16; private equity funds specialized in the investment of renewable projects in Mexico and managed by Balam.
Thus, Vector Cuatro has supported Balam through its three business lines including, among others, the origination of the opportunity, the Technical Due Diligence and the support in the selection of the main contractor. Camargo is the first project under management that joins VC portfolio in Mexico.
Vector Cuatro entered the Mexican renewable energy market first in 2012 as Technical Advisor for solar PV plants in Latin America, providing since then services throught its other business lines. The range of services has been adapted to the great variety of clients which comprise investment funds, financial institutions, international sponsors and developers, amongst others. Currently, Mexico has become one of the key markets for the company that has increased its activity in the country due to the two renewable auctions that were held in 2016.Read More
Second renewable energy auction in Spain to be held in July. Understanding the changes in the Auction rules.
Following the announcement by the Government that a new auction will be held before the summer, it was published the Royal Decree 650/2017 by which is approved a 3,000 MW auction for new renewable energy capacity. Although it has still not been officially published, according to the draft published by the CNMC, it is expected that the auction will take place on July 18. and the deadline for submitting the prequalification will be on July 13.
There are some changes in the auction terms but the selection criteria and pricing rules remain mostly unchanged when compared to the one held on May 17. offered. The legislation defines the retributive parameters for reference installations. Based on these values, the bidders have to offer a discount over the retribution to the initial investment of their applicable reference installation that will translate to a certain retribution to the investment (Ri) on a concrete project. If discounting the initial investment at a maximum level, the Ri received would be originally zero, unless the spot price falls below a certain implicit level on the basis of the government estimated price in which the project would actually receive some Ri towards the end of the life of the project.
The most significant changes published so far are:
- The auction will be again technologically neutral but this time only solar PV and wind projects can participate.
- Increase in the maximum discount values from 63.46% to 81.91% for Wind and from 51.22% to 65.80% for Solar PV. Based on the mechanisms of the government and Vector Cuatro`s own financial model, the increase in the maximum discount results in a decrease of circa 20% on this implicit spot price when compared to the previous auction, considering constant the reasonable profitability and the reference price provided by the Government.
- Confidential Clause of the Government: The 3,000 MW quota can be surpassed in case the cost for the system is lower than the cost established by the Government in the confidential clause. That is, all those who bid with an extra cost that is between the maximum discount and the confidential clause, are expected to be awarded.
There are still some aspects to be confirmed such as the maximum COD for the awarded installations and the financial guarantees (€/kW) to be deposited by the participants.
The government has justified the launch of this new auction given the great interest attracted by the latest auction. The applications submitted exceeded by more than three times the power awarded and the winners offered the maximum discount allowed. From the 3,000 MW awarded 2,979 MW went to wind, 1 MW to photovoltaic and 20MW to other technologies.
Vector Cuatro advised some of the awarded bidders in the auction held in May by providing different financial advisory services that included the review or preparation of the financial model, the assessment on the auction rules and revenues scheme and the support in the preparation and submission of the bid offers. Vector Cuatro also provided technical and legal advisory services including feasibility study and review of the administrative and land property documentation.Read More
Vector Cuatro has closed a 48,5 mm€ financing for a 40,8 MW PV Portfolio in Spain. The company has worked on the transaction as advisor for the whole financing process, since the initial structuring until the final closing.
Thus, the Spanish multinational has provided advice during the whole financing including financial modelling, negotiation with the Lenders, coordination of the DD process and negotiation and closing of all the financing documents, among others services.
Since its foundation in 2007, Vector Cuatro has been a leading advisor in the renewable energy transactions (selling and acquisitions) as well as in the financing and refinancing of renewable energy projects worldwide, taking as a competitive advantage its knowledge of the main players in the sector and its experience in the management of renewable energy installations.
Through its three service lines (Asset Management, Engineering and Transactions), Vector Cuatro has carried out more than 600 projects in Europe, America, Asia and Middle East. It has over 1.7 GW of power under management, 4 GW in financial advice and counts with a track record of 22 GW throughout the entire value chain of the projects. In September 2014, the company was incorporated into the Italian Falck Renewables Group (FKR.MI), a leading player in the European renewable energy industry and listed at the Milan Stock Exchange.Read More