EEP Investor Forum

EEP organises annually an Investor Forum for EEP funded Project Developers. The aim of the Investor Forum is to support  Project Developers in obtaining follow-on financing for their operations and scale-up. These matchmaking events have attracted a range of investors from DFIs to impact investors and purely private investors. The EEP Investor Forum has been thanked for the diversity of participating investors, the quality of projects and opening doors for more detailed discussions. Read more about the previous successful Investor Forums:  

“It would be impossible to meet these people all in one place without the event – this is a huge benefit.”

– Project Developer

“The event was highly informative and a great way to connect with many potential (and existing) partners in one room!”


EEP Investor Forum / 14 May 2018 / Cape Town

EEP will host the next Investor Forum on Monday 14 May 2018 in Cape Town. The event will be held at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront and is exclusively open for the selected  and registered EEP project developers and investors. The programme will start at 13:00 and continue until 17:00 followed by a reception at the rooftop bar. Please see the agenda of the day.

We are expecting 15 project developers and nearly 20 investors to join the event. Please see below profiles of the participating investors.


EEP countries targeted: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia
Prioritised clean energy technologies: Solar PV, Wind Power
Size of investment:  $ 10-200M
Financing instruments: Equity

Actis invests in late stage development utility scale clean energy generation projects (>20MW) that have secured a PPA or similar commitment. However, Actis does engage with early stage developers to provide mentoring support including introductions to sources of grant funding for early stage development costs in order to get their projects to PPA stage, after which Actis is in a position to take over remaining development costs and drive the EPC and financing processes.

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EEP Catalyst

EEP countries targeted: all
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  all
Size of investment:  <€2M; not more than 25% of new financing Financing instruments: Concessional blended loans

EEP Catalyst is the EEP Africa in-house blended finance investment window providing follow-on financing to select EEP projects stemming from the grant phase.  EEP Catalyst provides concessional co-financing in the form of loans and subordinated loans to catalyse and unlock new investment in EEP projects and close gaps in financing plans with targeted support. Project selection will focus on cases which can demonstrate a clear rationale for additionality, crowding-in new investors, commercial viability, development impact and sustainable business practices. Deal flow identification and structuring are led by an in-house NDF investment team.


EEP countries targeted: All
prioritized clean energy technologies:  Biogas, hydro, solid biomass, solar PV, waste-to-energy, wind
Size of investment:  >$5M for lending and up to $2M for development
Source of investment: Debt, equity

Fieldstone principally acts as a financial advisor and arranger, but also engages in co-development in small scale RE projects through Fieldstone Africa Investment Resources (FAIR). Fieldstone will soon start lending to small scale RE projects (up to 25MW) through the FEI fund, anchored by AfDB and co-managed by Lions Head and Fieldstone. In terms of power generation projects, Fieldstone typically co-develops and lends to projects of 5MW and above

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EEP countries targeted: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
Prioritized clean energy technologies: Biogas (household), Solar PV (pico- and mini grids), Waste-to-Energy (power generation)
Size of investment:  $ 250,000- 750,000
Financing instruments: Equity

FACTOR[e] is a venture development firm with a mission to improve lives in the developing world through increased access to sustainable energy and related services. We support early stage entrepreneurs through a unique blend of risk capital and world-class technical resources. We find, validate, fund, de-risk, and grow a rich pipeline of social ventures that aim to solve profound global problems.

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EEP countries targeted: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  Biogas (power plant), Hydro (mini-grid / small scale), Solar PV (micro / mini-grids), Waste-to-Energy (briquettes, charcoal, pellets, power plants), wind
Size of investment:  $ 100k – $ 1.5M
Financing instruments: Debt

GroFin is a pioneering development finance institution specialised in providing an integrated solution of medium term loan capital and value-added business support to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that are in need of capital and support to expand their businesses. The energy sector is one of their key focus sectors.

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Inspired Evolution

EEP countries targeted: sub-Saharan Africa
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  Solar PV, Wind power, Hydropower, Geothermal and hybrid solutions
Size of investment: $5-20M
Financing instruments: Equity

Inspired Evolution Investment Management (Pty) Limited is a specialised investment advisory business located principally in South Africa and London, and offers an existing dedicated team with a deep local, regional and global track record focused predominantly on cleaner energy infrastructure and related technology platforms; and resource efficiency growth equity investments across multiple sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Jabil Energy

EEP countries targeted: All
Prioritised clean energy technologies:  Solar PV (pico- and micro grids)
Size of investment: Transaction specific
Financing instruments: Transaction specific

Through the delivery of reliable, cost-effective, clean energy into Emerging Markets, Jabil Energy strives to reduce energy poverty, improve access to energy and uplift communities whilst protecting the environment. Jabil Energy engineers, procures and constructs fully-integrated, turnkey distributed energy solutions including grid-connected power plants and microgrids for commercial, industrial and utility scale clients across Africa.

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EEP countries targeted: All
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  all technologies, except biogas (household biogas) and Waste-to-Energy (briquettes, charcoal and pellets)
Size of investment:  $ 0.4 – 8M, with larger investments possible with co-investment
Financing instruments: Equity

The Metier Sustainability Practice manages the Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital private equity fund, and allied funds, which are focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water and waste management investments in sub-Saharan Africa. This fund preferentially provides financial close equity for greenfield project finance assets but would include development finance prior to financial close, as well as development support from the fund. The fund is also interested in growth capital in operating firms in all the sectors. In term of power generation projects, the fund generally finances projects with a capacity of over 5MW, however projects are selected based on their investment amount, and not their power generation capacity.

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Power Africa

EEP countries targeted: All, except Seychelles
Prioritised clean energy technologies:  Hydro, solid biomass, solar PV, waste-to-Energy, wind
Size of investment:  $100K – $350 million
Financing instruments: Debt, equity, grants, loans, loan guarantees, political risk insurance

Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections. Amongst others, Power Africa provides financial support to clean energy projects through de-risking investments so that public and private investors will fund the projects that drive systemic reforms.

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EEP countries targeted: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Prioritised clean energy technologies:  Solar PV
Size of investment:  $250k – $7M+
Financing instruments: Short-term to medium-term debt

SunFunder is a specialist debt financing provider for beyond-the-grid solar companies and projects in emerging markets with the most extensive track record in the sector, having financed nearly 40 solar companies. Borrowers typically have at least some track record but are hindered by a lack of appropriate debt finance to scale. They include suppliers and distributors of pico and pay-as-you-go residential solar products, as well as suppliers, developers and EPC contractors for productive use, mini-grid and commercial & industrial solar systems. For larger debt requirements, SunFunder also leads and arranges other lenders into larger syndicated debt facilities.

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SUNREF South Africa

EEP countries targeted: South Africa
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  all
Size of investment:  €100k -15M
Financing instruments: concessional debt only

SUNREF is the green finance label of the French development agency (AFD), which provides debt financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through partner bank IDC. Next to concessional debt, SUNREF provides TA to assist with project development, which includes clarifying specific issues that would enable the project to advance through the IDC’s appraisal and decision-making process for financing. All projects financed under SUNREF must meet IDCs criteria for project financing.

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RECP Finance Catalyst

EEP countries targeted: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Prioritised clean energy technologies:  Biogas, Hydropower, Solid Biomass, Solar PV, Waste-to-Energy, Wind power
Financing instruments: TA support

RECP is a Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme, which provides advisory support on project development, project structuring and accessing finance through a team of dedicated experts with extensive experience in renewable energy project development and finance in Africa. RECP supports projects to reach bankability, assisting valuable project ideas to develop into concrete investment opportunities. RECP Finance Catalyst offers TA support for maximum of 20 days per project via online application process.

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Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)

EEP countries targeted: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Prioritized clean energy technologies:  All
Size of investment:  $ 0.5 – 50M
Financing instruments: Debt, equity, TA support

Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), hosted by UNIDO and REEEP, is an alliance of private-sector companies experienced in providing investment and financial advisory services to climate-friendly projects. Network members include specialist investment funds, institutional investors, and financial advisers. PFAN identifies promising clean energy projects at an early stage and provides mentoring for development of a business plan, investment pitch, and growth strategy, significantly enhancing the prospect of financial closure.

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Virunga Power

EEP countries targeted: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania. Considers expansion in Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.
Prioritised clean energy technologies:  Hydropower, Solid Biomass, Solar PV
Size of investment:  $0-20M
Financing instruments: Equity

Virunga Power is a developer, investor, and operator of renewable power projects and rural distribution grids. Virunga Power focuses on 1 -10 MW rural utility projects across East Africa. Rural electrification and new, grid-quality connectivity for households and businesses in the surrounding or nearby community is an essential component of the projects Virunga Power investments in. In addition to providing equity funding at financial close, and late-stage development capital prior to that, Virunga Power has a team of developers, engineers, legal, and finance professionals who can get involved in development of projects at any stage.

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