Funding windows

CEI Africa supports the delivery of climate-friendly electricity by financing green mini grid developers and off-grid solar companies through two investment windows and multiple types of investments combined with technical assistance.

Crowdlending window

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Types of investments

Senior debt, sub-debt, guarantees, equity and quasi-equity, technical assistance.

Who is it for?

CEI Africa invests alongside Crowdlenders in:

⬩Green mini grid (GMG) developers and companies in the off-grid solar space including:

Solar Home Systems (SHS), Commercial and Industrial (C&I) off- grid systems for MSMEs and service providers, Pico PV, and solar-powered productive use (PUE) appliances such as mills, pumps, or cold storage solutions.

⬩Manufacturers, assemblers, providers, developers and operators of distributed off-grid energy equipment and appliances.

Geographic scope

⬩ For off-grid energy companies:  Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia

⬩For GMG:  Sierra Leone, Benin, Mali, Madagascar, Kenya, DRC

End beneficiaries

MSMEs and households in the selected country list.

financing window

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Types of investments

Results-based financing/grants, technical assistance.

Who is it for?

The RBF window offers corporate and project financing for Green mini grid developers.

Geographic scope

Kenya, DRC, Sierra Leone, Benin, Madagascar, Mali.

End beneficiaries

MSMEs and households in the selected country list, with a particular focus on women. 

Bridging the financing gap

SDG target 7.1 is universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services. Even though the amount of people who lack access to energy globally went from 1.2 billion to 733 million in the period between 2010 to 2020 (as detailed in ESMAP’s Energy Progress Report 2022), progress has slowed down and would have us falling short of meeting the target by 2030. CEI Africa is designed to address real and perceived risks in the access to energy space, aiming to foster an environment that attracts subsequent funding.

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