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Actis to invest $250M in Mexican renewable energy platform

Emerging market investor cites Mexico’s ample natural resources, an evolving and supportive regulatory framework and a deep project finance capacity.

Actis, A global pan-emerging market private equity firm, is committing US$250 million to establish a Mexican energy platform, Zuma Energía, which will target over 500 MW of installed capacity in the country.

Zuma Energía 1 recently completed its first acquisition and closed the financing of PE Ingenio, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (Ingenio), a 50 MW wind farm located in the state of Oaxaca.  The project will be constructed by Acciona Energía who will also supply its 33 wind turbines. The wind farm project will receive debt finance from Bancomext and will have Comexhidro as a local partner with a 5% interest. Once in operation the wind farm is expected to produce enough clean energy to power over 125,000 Mexican households, reducing CO2 emissions from conventional generation by over 200,000 tons. 

“Supported by the recent reform agenda in the energy sector, Mexico has compelling fundamentals for investing in power generation, including superior natural resources, an evolving and supportive regulatory framework and an deep project finance capacity,” said Michael Till, co-head of Energy at Actis. “Drawing on our deep understanding of the Latin American energy sector, we are looking forward to building one of Mexico’s leading suppliers of competitive power.”

Rafael Mateo, CEO of Acciona Energía, added: “Actis’s interest in partnering with us strengthens our business in Mexico — a country where we already have significant presence, and in which we continue to develop new projects. We are delighted to be working with such a credible, highly experienced partner as Actis.”

Actis invests exclusively in the emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America; it currently has US$6.5 billion funds under management.

  1. Zuma Energía S.A. de C.V. (Zuma) is a Mexican energy company that develops, constructs and operates wind, solar and thermal generation projects in Mexico.  Zuma Energía’s growth strategy involves both partnering on new projects and developing its own proprietary pipeline.

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