EBRD and Proparco sign first projects under Egypt Renewable Energy Framework

1395259124320The EBRD and Proparco solar projects in Benban will bring a significant short-term boost to the economy through the construction activities. (Image source: EBRD)EBRD and Proparco have committed US$58mn each for two 50MW solar PV power plants in Egypt’s Aswan Province

These are the first two projects to be financed under the second round of Egypt's ambitious feed-in tariff scheme and will be part of the planned 1.8GW Benban solar complex in Aswan province, in the southern area of Upper Egypt.

The two projects are the first under the EBRD’s new US$500mn framework for renewable energy in Egypt, which is expected to finance a total of 16 such projects delivering 750MW of capacity and under Proparco’s dedicated envelope for solar projects in Egypt.

The new facilities will be constructed, operated and owned by two Egyptian subsidiaries of the French company EREN Renewable Energy and Access Power, the Dubai-based developer, owner and operator of renewable power plants.

Janet Heckman, EBRD managing director of Southern and Eastern and Mediterranean (SEMED) region, said, “We are very pleased to sign the first projects today, just two months after the EBRD Board of Directors approved our Egypt Renewable Energy Framework. These are truly groundbreaking projects, the first to reach this milestone in Egypt’s ambitious scheme to exploit its outstanding renewable resources.”

Harry-Boyd Carpenter, EBRD director of Power and Energy Utilities, added, “Projects such as these depend on partnership and this financing demonstrates this very clearly. We are privileged to be working with EREN and Access Power, who bring deep expertise and sustained commitment to renewable energy; Proparco, with whom we have a very strong partnership supporting renewable energy in Jordan, which we are proud to extend to Egypt. More broadly the success of this programme is due to the support of Sahar Nasr, minister of Investment and International Cooperation; Mohamed Shaker, minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company; New and Renewable Energy Authority and Egypt ERA, who have all worked so hard over the past three years to launch private renewable energy in Egypt.”

More than 50 per cent of the population in the Aswan province live below the poverty line. The EBRD and Proparco solar projects in Benban will bring a significant short-term boost to the economy through the construction activities. They will also provide benefits through the transfer of skills and the creation of long-term jobs in the operation and maintenance of the power plants.

Between 2007 and 2016 the EBRD invested more than US$4.14bn directly in renewable energy, supporting 104 projects in 23 countries, and funding more than 5.3 GW of capacity

Egypt is a founding member of the EBRD and has been receiving funding since 2012. To date, the bank has invested US$3.07bn in 49 projects in the country. The EBRD’s areas of investment include the financial sector, agribusiness, manufacturing and services, as well as infrastructure projects such as power, municipal water and wastewater services and support for transport services. The Bank has also provided technical assistance support to more than 500 small and medium-sized local enterprises.

Proparco pursues an ambitious climate strategy and has pledged to commit over 30 per cent of its annual funding towards climate mitigation projects. In the last 10 years, Proparco has committed more than US$2.36bn in financing dedicated to fighting climate change, including more than US$1.18bn for renewable energy projects.

Proparco and its parent institution, Agence Française de Développement, have been consistently financing projects in Egypt: nearly US$2.36bn in financing has been granted since the first loan was made in 2006.

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