CDC is the UK government-owned DFI. It has a $6bn balance sheet, and invests in businesses across Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people's lives.
CDC has a six-decade heritage of investing and lending in the African power sector, and has directly or indirectly invested in a third of all utility-scale IPPs in SSA (outside South Africa). More recently, CDC has been an active investor in the off-grid solar sector, and has exposure to a number of companies via its intermediated equity and direct equity portfolios. Going forward, debt will form a central part of CDC’s strategy to finance the OGS space.
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JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3 GW for solar cells, and 6 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 5 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 overseas subsidiaries: Singapore, Japan (2), India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa and 17 global sales offices: China (2), United Kingdom, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia.
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Greenlight Planet is an American, venture capital funded and socially motivated company with head offices in Mumbai, Nairobi and Shenzhen as well as a distribution presence in more than 50 countries around the world.
Our Sun KingTM range of solar home energy solutions is one of the world’s leading off-grid lighting brands, synonymous with quality, reliability and affordability.
We are committed to serving the needs of the nearly 2 billion people that live without access to the electric grid or with power cuts so long and frequent that they are forced to use less adequate technology like kerosene, candles or battery torches as their primary sources of light. Under-electrified households in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America spend upwards of 15% of their income to repeatedly purchase methods of lighting that literally burn out within hours of use. They also travel long distances to pay small businesses to charge their mobile phones.
Sun KingTM products afford these households the ability to own bright household lighting devices with mobile phone charging capabilities recharged entirely by the power of the sun for a fraction of their current spend.
Our customers are committed to providing for their families. They value and seek out focused methods of solving their daily challenges. For this reason, we have partnered with more than 400 leading micro-finance institutions, rural retail distributors, agri-business organizations and telecom operators to make certain our products are delivered to even the hardest to reach households.
To date we have sold nearly 7 million Sun KingTM products to 5 million households and impacted more than 25 million lives. Consumer preference for our high-quality products and user-friendly design has made Sun KingTM a leader in some of the largest markets for off-grid lighting in Africa and Asia.
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Talesun Energy specializes in the worldwide project development and acquisition of project-rights and sale of turnkey photovoltaic power plants. The company builds and finances large-scale projects and up to date it has installed projects for over 3 GW globally. Talesun has a large independent manufacturing base of 210,000 m2 and has a global 1.8 GW cell and 2.8 GW module manufacturing capacity: a world’s leading large-scale scientific & PV manufacturing company, within which 800MW cell & module made in Thailand.
The group mother company is Zhongli SCI-Tech Group, a long-established and highly successful manufacturer of specialist cabling and other industrial components which is listed on the Shenzhen stock-exchange (SZ:002309).
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The Currency Exchange Fund N.V. (“TCX”) is a development finance initiative that offers currency derivatives in financial markets where such products are not available or poorly accessible.
TCX acts as a market‐maker in currencies and maturities not covered by banks. A key objective of the Fund is to allow lenders and borrowersto hedge currency mismatchesthatresult from cross‐border financing involving frontier markets.
TCX typically offers longer‐dated products to support longer‐term local currency finance. TCX covers over 70 currencies worldwide. Since starting operationsin 2008, TCX has hedged over USD 3.6 billion of local currency loans. By December 2015, the Fund’s portfolio of cross currency swaps and forwards amounted to over USD 1.3 billion spread across 50 currencies and 650 transactions. TCX’s investor base consists of development finance institutions and microfinance investment vehicles active in emerging and frontier markets.
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Phanes Group is an international solar energy developer, investment and asset manager, strategically headquartered out of Dubai with a local footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, through its two offices in the region’s largest economies - Nigeria and South Africa.
Phanes Group has a pipeline of 600 MW under development in Africa, with 260 MW of grid connected solar PV in Nigeria across three different projects. The first of the three to be built, in the Sokoto region, is backed by one of the Nigerian government’s 14 PPAs. In addition, the group is developing off-grid solar solutions to ensure communities across the region have access to a stable and clean energy supply.
Established in 2012, Phanes Group’s integrated approach, combining financial and engineering expertise, enables the company to deliver end-to-end solar energy solutions. The group has a growing portfolio of solar investments and developments spanning multiple geographies with a distinct focus on emerging markets, especially MENA and sub-Saharan Africa.
In the Middle East, Phanes Group is delivering the region’s largest distributed solar project (DP World Solar Program) and completed phase I (33.4 MW) of the largest solar project in the Caribbean (Monte Plata). Cumulatively, the company’s global clean power contribution is in excess of 70 MW, with a further 1.5 GW in the pipeline.
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World Bank Group-Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development, comprising five institutions with more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In the energy sector, IFC works with firms across the value chain to develop competitive, clean, high quality and affordable modern energy solutions. We help accelerate development of commercial markets to increase the production of renewable energy and improve people's access to modern energy services. The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank. It provides analytical and advisory services to low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. Supporting over a hundred activities in countries around the world at any given time, ESMAP is an integral part of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank.
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Officially launched on 1 June 2012, the African Guarantee Fund is a pan-African non-bank financial institution owned by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). AGF’s primary mandate is to assist financial institutions in Africa to scale up their SME financing through the provision of partial loan guarantees and capacity development assistance. In 2016, AGF launched a green guarantee facility aimed at unlocking finance for SMEs investing in low carbon, green growth and climate resilient development.
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Dalberg is a strategic advisory firm which brings the best of private sector strategy skills and rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging and frontier markets. We work collaboratively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to fuel inclusive growth and help clients achieve their goals.
Our global perspectives are firmly rooted in local realities. We have 17 offices across the world, 6 of them in Africa, and have served clients in more than 90 countries. By combining local roots and extensive international experience, our strategies blend the best global ideas and innovations with the local practicalities and partnerships needed for effective implementation.
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Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative and social investor that promotes sustainable development by providing loans, capital and capacity building support to microfinance institutions, cooperatives, fair trade organizations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and renewable energy projects in developing countries. Oikocredit has a development financing portfolio totalling € 940 million (correct at 30 June 2016) invested across 70 countries worldwide. Founded in 1975 Oikocredit is privately financed through the investments of over 50,000 individuals and organizations and offers a positive triple bottom line to investors: social, environmental and financial.
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Azuri Technologies is a commercial provider of PayGo solar systems for rural off-grid communities and has the widest reach of any off-grid provider in sub-Saharan Africa. With innovative tech solutions address that problem of lack of energy access, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world. Azuri’s off-grid solar solutions are integrated with local mobile money technology which ensures that clean, solar energy is an affordable alternative to kerosene.
Providing safe, renewable power to families across rural sub-Saharan Africa, Azuri’s solar home systems have been shown to have a significant impact on customers lives and the environment. To date, Azuri has sold more than 100,000 systems across Africa, impacting the lives of more than 500,000 people.
Founded in 2012 with their headquarters based in Cambridge, United Kingdom; the majority of their staff are based in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. Azuri is Present in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s work and impact have been honoured by a number of prestigious recognitions, such as the “Gold Winner of the Edison Awards” for using artificial intelligence in domestic solar systems, the UN Climate change award, the Ashden award and many others.
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Mobisol Group is a leading global player in decentralised solar electrification. Driven by market demand for off-grid solutions beyond lighting, Mobisol designs, distributes and services large home and commercial solar systems, seamlessly integrated with proprietary PAYG software. By combining the latest high-tech solar hardware with mobile payment technologies, the Berlin based company ensures affordability through flexible payment plans. Mobisol enables rural families and businesses to power a wide range of compatible appliances, such as televisions, stereos and refrigerators, thereby improving their standard of living while earning incremental income by supporting new solar-powered businesses. With over 1,000 employees across three continents, Mobisol runs its own operations in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, while providing hardware and software solutions through a growing network of B2B partnerships in another nine countries worldwide.
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responsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private, institutional and public investors. The company’s investment vehicles supply debt and equity financing to non-listed firms in emerging and developing economies. Through their inclusive business models, these firms help to meet the basic needs of broad sections of the population and to drive economic development – leading to greater prosperity in the long term. responsAbility currently has USD 3.1 billion of assets under management that is invested in over 500 companies in 95 countries. Founded in 2003, the company is headquartered in Zurich and has local offices in Bangkok, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lima, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Oslo and Paris. Its shareholders include a number of reputable institutions in the Swiss financial market as well as its own employees. responsAbility is registered with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.
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