The current funding round of $50 million in concessional loans marks the sixth of seven annual cycles within the framework of the ADFD-funded $350 million IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.
“In just the last few years, renewable energy has emerged as one of the most economical choices for new power generation in countries around the globe” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Accelerated renewable energy deployment in developing countries expands access to energy, improves health and welfare, creates jobs and drives economic growth. This new funding cycle provides greater opportunity for developing countries to access low cost capital for renewable energy projects to drive the energy transformation and achieve sustainable development. The continued partnership between ADFD and IRENA connects a stable and reputable source of funding to places where it can have the most impact and where financing is one of the greatest challenges.”
His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, added that since the announcement of the first funding cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility back in 2014, the partnership has continued to support replicable, scalable and economically feasible renewable energy projects in developing countries and that the five previous cycles have attracted a host of impressive, innovative and sustainable projects that go a long way in enhancing energy security worldwide.
Funding from ADFD, provided through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, offers sustainable and affordable energy to millions of people with limited or no access to electricity. In the first four cycles, the Facility allocated $189 million to 19 renewable energy ventures across the globe, covering up to 50 per cent of the project costs. The loan approval process saw ADFD and IRENA conduct a thorough assessment of entries in close collaboration to select projects that best fulfilled the eligibility criteria.
The ventures funded in the first four cycles will bring online more than 100 megawatts of renewable energy capacity and improve the livelihoods of over a million people through providing better access to energy. Spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America and Small Island Developing States, the projects span the complete spectrum of alternative energy sources – wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass – and utilize a wide range of systems, such as hybrid, off-grid, mini-grid and on-grid including backup storage.
The projects selected for the fifth funding cycle will be announced in January 2018.
Applications for the sixth cycle will be accepted until 17:00 GST on February 15, 2018.
Image: Solar PV mini-grids and solar home kits project in Burkina Faso, selected for funding in the third cycle – photo courtesy of IRENA