Project detail - PACIFIC SOLAR ENERGY S.A. DE C.V.


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Who is our client

Pacific Solar Energy, S.A. de C.V. is the client, established in Honduras as a limited liability company (a.k.a. "PSE"). PSE is a PV Solar project with two phases. Late 2016 the construction of Phase I with 25MWac was largely completed and this phase became fully operational in the 4th quarter of 2017. Phase I was funded by the Sponsor and as of late 2016 with senior debt from DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mBH, a development finance institution based in Germany. The construction of Phase II, with an additional 25MWac, will start soon and is expected to become operational by mid-2018. FMO provided senior and sub-senior debt to PSE in order to complete the funding of Phase II and have all phases operational before the end of 2018.

Funding objective

PSE’s investments and FMO’s debt funding do directly contribute to more sustainable electricity generation in Honduras, where long term demand still exceeds supply. This will reduce among others Honduras’ dependence upon imported fossil fuels.

Why we fund this project

Funding renewable energy projects like PSE is part of FMO’s core business. The total investment costs for both phases of PSE are over USD 123 million. FMO contributes approximately USD 42 million in senior loans (which includes amounts to be syndicated to some participants) and a smaller amount as sub-senior loan. FMO looks forward to working with participants under FMO’s senior loan, which will then be evidence of FMO’s ability to mobilize and catalyse funds from third parties.

Environmental and social rationale

The E&S category is B+, reflecting working and labour conditions and health and safety risks to employees and communities, mainly during construction; optimization of water use for cleaning the solar panels, given the arid environment; design and construction of an effective drainage system; land clearing and reforestation. IFC PS6 may be applicable as a few fruit-eating bat individuals (Artibeus inopinatus) were viewed on site. This bat species is considered by some experts to have a restricted range (El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua) and further investigation will be carried out regarding its habitat and potential project impacts on this species. FMO’s E&S DD indicates that the Project will have impacts consistent with the following IFC PSs: PS 1 - Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts PS 2 - Labour and working conditions PS 3 - Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention PS 4 - Community Health, Safety and Security PS 6 - Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management The following PS are, as seen by FMO, not applicable to this project: PS5 – Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement: the project will not lead to physical or economic displacement. All transactions have been done on “willing buyer – willing seller” basis. PS7 – Indigenous Peoples: the project will not impact communities of indigenous people nor their lands and resources. PS8 – Cultural Heritage: according to archaeological investigations, the project is not expected to have impacts on cultural heritage. A chance finds procedure will be developed and the contractors will be trained to use it if necessary

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Date Total FMO financing
12/14/2017 USD 6.18 MLN
12/14/2017 USD 13.00 MLN
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Signing date
Total FMO financing
USD 29.22 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)