PFAN Open Call for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in West Africa

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Deadline: 18 August 2019

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) has opened the call for Climate & Clean Energy Projects that deliver adaptation-related and climate resilience benefits in West Africa.

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PFAN is looking for commercially viable projects that can demonstrate that they contribute to a decrease in climate vulnerability and/or an increase in climate resilience.

Focus Area

The following sectors have been identified and targeted for PFAN intervention in the area of Climate Change Adaptation:

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  • Agriculture (upstream and downstream, including agribusiness and processing)
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Forestry
  • Urban Development
  • Health
  • Energy & Access to Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Microfinance/-Insurance
  • Tourism
  • Adaptation products and services

Investment amount (ASK)

  • For ALL Projects, the investment ask should lie between US$1 million and US$50 million. This may be disbursed in smaller tranches as requested.
  • ONLY for Energy Access and Rural Electrification Projects (clean cook stoves, solar home systems, mini grids) an exception is made, and the investment ask can lie between US$500 thousand and US$50 million. This too may be disbursed in smaller tranches as requested.

Benefits

  • Projects selected for PFAN assistance receive free business coaching. This coaching has been shown to greatly speed up the process of reaching investment-ready status, and consequently shorten the path to finding investment.
  • PFAN organises regional and international Investment Forums, where the most promising investment-ready projects are showcased to a group of investors from various categories (private equity, development banks, development funds, clean energy focused investors, and so on), increasing the probability of finding the best investor for applicants project.
  • PFAN also has a dedicated Investment Facilitation Team, which ensures investment-ready projects are introduced to target investors, throughout the process.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • PFAN accepts applications from West Africa.
  • To be eligible for PFAN support, applicants project or business must provide climate change adaptation benefits, or offer or use clean energy technologies, products or services.
  • PFAN is technology neutral, which means they do not prefer any technology over any other.
  • Proposals should demonstrate that the project is commercially and technically viable, and requires no or only minimal grant funding.
  • If applicants project currently receives grant funding or has done so in the past, that does not affect eligibility.

Eligible Project

  • Projects and businesses which deploy clean and renewable energy and/or climate change technologies for productive uses;
  • Greenfield & brownfield utility projects, independent power producer and distributed generation projects (for both thermal and electrical energy);
  • Existing projects which are operating at small or pilot scale and which are ready for scale-up;
  • Projects which increase access to energy for remote communities, including rural electrification, off-grid and mini-grid projects, thermal energy and clean cooking solutions;
  • New or expanding business ventures in clean energy and related technologies, including downstream projects (focused on deployment of existing technologies) and upstream projects (focused on development and commercialisation of a new clean technology);
  • Mergers, acquisitions or joint ventures, which will add value to an existing clean energy / technology business.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications online via given website.

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