The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) are seeking applications for renewable projects for the fourth round of funding totaling US$50 million.
This fourth round is part of a $350 million commitment from the ADFD that provides concessional 20-year loans with low interest rates to projects that Irena supports and have a government guarantee, with loan values between $5 million and $15 million.
The interest rate runs at 1 % for low-income countries, while middle-income countries are granted loans with an interest rate of 2 %. The loans include a five-year grace period.
Adnan Amin, Irena’s director general, said:
“This new funding cycle provides another opportunity for developing countries to access low-cost capital for renew- able energy projects to drive an energy transition and achieve sustainable development.”
So far the first two rounds of the Irena and ADFD partnership included $98 million worth of projects expected to produce renewable energy capacity exceeding 56 MW. The third round of funding has yet to be awarded.
Just under 30 per cent of the $98 million in funding has gone to Africa. For instance, a $9 million loan for Sierra Leone’s solar photovoltaic park is funding an EPC contract awarded to Oasis Gulf Investment. The firm will build the $18 million solar park in Freetown using solar panels made by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government’s clean energy company.