AFRICA – Berkeley Energy’s Africa Renewable Energy Fund II (AREF II) has closed €130 million (US$155m) in new funding round to focus on the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy assets and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Berkeley Energy is a leader in the development and operation of clean energy projects across emerging markets.
€15 million (US$17.93m) of the investment in the new AREF II Fund came from a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Proparco, while other development finance institutions also contributed including CDP, CDC, FMO, Swedfund, Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), part of the Climate Investment Funds.
“The successful first close of AREF II sends a clear sign of confidence that our hands-on, asset-first, technically orientated approach resonates with our investors and makes a material difference for the communities in which we operate,” Luka Buljan, Managing Director of Berkeley Energy said.
“Our track record of delivering projects and strong investment returns means we are well placed to serve Sub Saharan Africa’s growing demand for clean, affordable and reliable energy.”
“Our track record of delivering projects and strong investment returns means we are well placed to serve Sub Saharan Africa’s growing demand for clean, affordable and reliable energy.”Luka Buljan – Managing Director, Berkeley Energy
Benefiting from a substantial proprietary pipeline and an experienced team, AREF II has a final target fund size of €300 million (US$358.51m) and will primarily target run-of-river hydro, wind and solar projects, as well as battery storage opportunities, across Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).
With strong growth population rates and rising GDP, Sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity demand is set to more than double by 2040 requiring approximately US$100 billion investment in power sector infrastructure per annum.
1 AREF II is primed to address this market opportunity by backing mid-sized grid-connected projects, typically between 10MW and 100MW each.
Through its internal sustainability capabilities, Berkeley Energy will implement best-in-class management of environmental, social and governance considerations.
AREF II will deliver meaningful and measurable impact regionally and locally, through the provision of clean and accessible energy whilst generating substantial local economic development and employment opportunities through infrastructure projects.
AREF II’s innovative financing structure, supported by SEFA and CTF catalytic funding, provides benefits and incentives to commercial private capital backers in order to encourage their investments into Sub-Saharan Africa.
AREF II follows the successful full deployment of Berkeley Energy’s Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), which invested in hydro, geothermal and solar projects in Sub Saharan Africa.