Echoenergia is Brazil’s largest independent renewable energy platform. Leveraging its longstanding footprint in Brazil’s energy market, Actis established Echoenergia in 2017, against the backdrop of a severe economic crisis, recognising the compelling long-term fundamentals for investing in the renewable power generation sector. The company was established with nearly 600MW in operation and at exit in March 2022, the portfolio was comprised of 1.2GW in operation, as well as a proprietary pipeline of ready-to-build projects representing 1.1GW.
Under Actis’ stewardship, an organisational focus on operational excellence was embedded, which included delivering technical and commercial enhancements, and culminated in the execution of the first long-term Power Purchase Agreements in Brazil´s C&I space. Actis also fostered an extensive corporate social responsibility programme within the company that has now directly benefited 53,000 people and offset 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 to date.*
Echoenergia is the fifth such energy platform that Actis has built in Latin America and is an important building block that underpins Actis’ focused strategy of creating scalable energy businesses in global markets. Brazil is Latin America´s largest economy and its wind resources are among the best in the world.
The exit of Echoenergia represents the third successful realisation of a major energy investment in Latin America by Actis in a 12 month period to March 2022. This exit followed the sale of Aela Energía, the largest renewable energy IPP In Chile, to Innergex Renewable Energy, and the sale of Saavi Energia, a leading independent power provider (IPP) in Mexico, to Global Infrastructure Partners.
*As at March 2022.