Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Pre-Qualification stage of its first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) inviting off-grid energy companies compete for results-based funding to bring clean, modern and affordable energy to customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Zambia.

BGFA1 aims to incentivized off-grid energy companies to accelerate the establishment of new, long-term sustainable energy service subscriptions at scale. In total, some EUR 30 million is offered to qualified, private off-grid energy service providers under three different Country Programs, with funding opportunities split into a number of Funding Windows and Funding Lots. The contract size is expected to be EUR 1 – 4 million, depending on the target country and individual needs.

“We are pleased to launch the first stage of this first Call for Proposals under the planned expansion of the BGFA program in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia. The market scoping confirmed that BGFA funding is bridging a critical financing gap for off-grid energy companies to engage in bringing access to energy to customers living in non-urban areas in these three countries. We anticipate active participation in the call and encourage interested energy companies to register on the online system to learn more and start preparing their applications,” commented Helle Lindegaard, Vice President, Head of the BGFA Unit at NEFCO (the Facility Manager). Read More here.

GreenMax Capital Advisors released today a briefing report on the market assessment conducted for the launch of the Green4Access First Loss Facility. The assessment covered 83 companies and 37 Financial Institutions (FIs) across 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The main findings of the assessment are: 

  • Local FIs in Sub-Saharan Africa is willing to lend USD billions for energy access:   It is estimated that the total projected lending volume indicated by the interviewed local FIs would translate to at least roughly US$6 billion in lending by local FIs throughout Sub-Saharan Africa – a significant contribution to the energy access financing gap.
  • Local FIs require credit support and technical assistance for off-grid lending:  The vast majority of both FIs and locally owned off grid companies identified high collateral requirements and collateral inadequacy as a key barrier hindering financing. A majority of locally-owned off-grid companies also pointed out local FIs’ lack of understanding of the off-grid sector, high cost of debt and lack of long-term funds as major funding challenges.
  • The first loss cash reserve will lead to increased lending and reduction in collateral requirements:  FIs indicated that a first loss cash reserve will result in a 53% increase in projected off-grid lending volumes and a 42% reduction in collateral requirements on average. A first loss facility can also to some extent increase the tenor of loans. 
  • Locally-owned off-grid companies unable to access capital could be the main beneficiaries: 56 African-owned off-grid companies surveyed indicated an actionable deal pipeline of $269 million. Unlocking local currency lending from local commercial banks will be crucial to meet the needs of these locally-owned companies, which are well positioned to serve last-mile customers but have been largely unsuccessful in accessing external capital from international sources. 

Green4Acess (G4A) is a new first loss facility developed by Green Max in partnership with the UK NGO, Energy4Impact. The G4A First Loss Facility will be primarily focused on supporting FIs to accelerate local currency lending to energy access enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa via its cash deposit product. The G4A cash deposit product will provide first loss protection for up to 20% of losses in newly originated portfolios of energy access loans. The Facility is planned to be launched in 2021 with an initial capitalization of US$50 million. The design and development of the G4A facility are being supported by seed funding from the multi-donor platform – Partnerships for Green Growth (P4G).

The full report can be downloaded here

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