Carlos Barrera

Chief Executive Officer
Atlas Renewable Energy

Carlos Barrera


Carlos (‘Ucho’) Barrera is currently the CEO of Atlas Renewable Energy, a leading regional Latin American Renewable Energycompany that is currently one of the largest solar IPPs in the region. Atlas started operations in early 2017 after a successful MBO backed by Actis, a prominent investor in the energy sector and emerging markets space. Since then,it has grown to nearly 3GW of contracted projects, and to an enterprise value exceeding $3bn. Before his current position, Carlos Barrerawas the VP & Managing Directorof SunEdison for Latin America, responsible for the company’s Latin America businessunitand with overall accountability for the commercial strategy, operational execution, P&L and regional corporate results.He oversaw the contracting,construction & execution of over 500MW and an overall investment sum of $1bn structured with project finance. Previous to this role within SunEdison,Carlosundertook numerous executive positions such as General Manager for South Americain SunEdison where he grew the company’s entry into Latin America from scratch; andDevelopment Director for Europe, Latin America, North of Africa andMiddle Eastwhere he was responsible for solarproject development and M&A.Before joining SunEdison, Carlos Barrera worked at BP starting his careerin the challengergraduate program working in conventional oil & gas commercial, financialand business development roles. He then moved tothe Alternative Energy Division within BP, specifically to the Hydrogen Power & Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) business, focused on Development and Strategy in Australia, USA and the EU. He then moved to the Venture Capital team, leading origination efforts in the carbon trading segment, mainly focused in China and India.He subsequently became responsible for the development of new markets for large-scale projects at BP Solar, where he led a number of successful large-scale solar project sales to institutional investorsacross Europe.Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science Degree inMechanical Engineering and Mechanicsfrom Lehigh University in Pennsylvania (USA), and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has also attended several executive management and leadership courses in numerous institutions and holds a certificate of Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from Harvard University.

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Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean 2023

Bonds & Loans Andes 2022 - Virtual Conference

Project Finance & Capital Markets Latin America 2020