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African Development Bank approves US$20 million to support sustainable energy

African Development Bank approves US$20 million to support sustainable energy

Abidjan – As part of its wider mandate under the New Deal on Energy for Africa, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on 15 December, approved an investment of US$20 million in the Evolution II Fund −a Pan-African clean and sustainable energy private equity fund.

The Bank’s investment in Evolution II Fund reflects the High 5 development priorities of the Bank and in particular, the agenda to Light up and Power Africa. The proposed participation in the Fund is a demonstration of the Bank’s commitment to promote renewable energy and efficiency in Africa.

The Evolution II Fund will invest an estimated US$250 million in various renewable energy and resource-efficiency assets across sub-Saharan Africa over a period of 10 years. The fund manager, Inspired Evolution Investment Management, brings experience and knowledge to the project from its previous fund − which focused on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and delivered 12 renewable energy projects with a total generation capacity of 925 megawatts (MW).

In partnership with the African Development Bank and other investors, Evolution II will provide growth capital and infrastructure equity to support low-cost, low-carbon, small-to-medium-sized, clean and sustainable energy generation capacity.

Evolution II Fund is expected to contribute to green and sustainable growth by creating 2,750 jobs and building on the track record of the Evolution One Fund (which created 1,495 jobs, of which 20% were women, and generated 838 MW of wind energy and 87MW Solar PV energy). The Evolution One Fund achieved 1,190,469 of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission savings annually.

“The Bank is delighted to support a private equity fund that is focused on promoting renewable energy in Africa. We are confident it will contribute to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of the Bank’s member countries as well as the COP21 commitments,” said Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank.

The Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex of the Bank, Amadou Hott, emphasized the African Development Bank’s high commitment to boosting its portfolio of renewable energy projects and encouraging private investment in renewable and efficient energy solutions.

The share of renewable energy projects as a portion of the Bank’s portfolio of power generation investments jumped from 14% in 2007-2011 to 64% in 2012-2016, he explained.

In 2017 alone, the Bank approved power generation projects for a cumulative 1 400 megawatts exclusively from renewables and plans to increase its support to renewable energy projects under the New Deal on Energy for Africa.



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