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AfDB invests $20m in fund targeting renewables projects in sub-Saharan Africa

16th November 2022

By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Senior Contributing Editor Online


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Finance organisation the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved an equity investment of $20-million in Evolution Fund III, a pan-African clean and sustainable energy private equity fund that is mobilising about $400-million into renewable energy and resource-efficiency assets across sub-Saharan Africa over a ten-year period.

Inspired Evolution Investment Management is a fund manager with more than 15 years of experience and a record of deploying more than $310-million in renewable energy projects in African counties.

The fund manager, through its predecessor funds, has delivered 21 renewable energy projects with a total generation capacity of 2 GW.               

Evolution Fund III aims to broaden geographic and technology scope to incorporate North Africa, as well as several sub-Saharan African countries, and decentralised energy business models, as the key climate mitigation and energy transition strategy.

AfDB says its support will contribute to an additional 2 162 MW of installed renewable power generation capacity, 1.8-million tons of carbon dioxide emission savings and the creation of 2 480 full-time jobs.

AfDB power, energy, climate change and green growth complex VP Kevin Kariuki says the bank is committed to boosting its portfolio of renewable energy projects and encouraging private investment in renewable and efficient energy solutions.

“The Evolution Fund III is well placed to invest much-needed capital in long-term, low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathways towards achieving a just, net-zero future for African countries,” Kariuki comments.

The AfDB and partners in the new fund will continue to provide growth capital and infrastructure equity to support renewable and sustainable energy, and focus on decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation as the key climate mitigation and energy transition strategies. 

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online



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