Dublin-based Mainstream Renewable in African wind farms deal

Green energy company closes deal to finance €450m development of two wind farms

Mainstream has 160 staff across four continents who are focused on delivering more than 7,000MW of wind and solar assets in construction and development. Photograph:  Sergio Perez/Reuters

Mainstream has 160 staff across four continents who are focused on delivering more than 7,000MW of wind and solar assets in construction and development. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

 

Dublin-based Mainstream Renewable Power, the emerging markets-focused green energy company, has closed a deal to finance the 6.6 billion South African rand (€450 million) development of two wind farms in South Africa.

The combined capacity of the two wind farms will be 250 megawatts. Put into context, this would be enough to power more than 140,000 Irish homes.

The equity partners brought in to finance the development of the wind farms include African Rainbow Energy Power, Mainstream’s minority-held pan-African joint venture Lekela, and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa).

Solar assets

Mainstream has been awarded a total of 848MW of wind and solar projects under a South African renewable energy procurement programme since 2011. It has delivered five plants to date, with a combined generation capacity of almost 600MW.

Mainstream, which was set up a decade ago by green energy entrepreneur Eddie O’Connor, has 160 staff across four continents who are focused on delivering more than 7,000MW of wind and solar assets in construction and development, including a 1,300MW Chilean scheme being developed on foot of contracts won by the company from the country’s government in 2016.

The company has raised almost €200 million since it was set up in 2008, including €74 million from Irish high-net-worth investors. It plans to set up a grey market for trading of its shares by the end of the year before floating at the end of the decade.