WEST AFRICA – PEG Africa, a West Africa-based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company, has raised US$5 million from ElectriFI, Electrification Financing Initiative, to continue rapid growth in existing markets.
The funding from ElectriFI is subordinated junior debt and will be used for growth in PEG’s existing markets.
ElectriFI is funded by the European Union and managed by the EDFI Management Company, established by 15 European Development Finance Institutions.
Hugh Whalan, CEO PEG Africa, said “PEG has almost doubled in size every year since 2015 and the fact we are now able to raise a significant amount of our funding in debt demonstrates that our approach is financially sustainable.
“We are delighted to work with ElectriFI to further accelerate our growth.”
Via its PAYG financing model, PEG enables customers to replace their perpetual spending on poor-quality polluting fuels such as kerosene and diesel with solar energy.
PEG is currently serving 400,000 daily users in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, and has recently expanded into solar water irrigation and bigger solar power systems.
Dominiek Deconinck, ElectriFI fund manager, said the ElectriFI initiative was thrilled to support PEG Africa on its growth path.
“With 82.000 direct new connections by the end of 2019, together adding not less than 1.7 MW with Solar Home Systems, ElectriFI’s investment in PEG will strongly contribute to improving quality of life through renewable energy in the markets it operates in,” he said.
“ElectriFI’s innovative financing is catalysing the financing by UK DFI, CDC group, who together with SunFunder, provided a US$15 million senior secured debt facility in local currency earlier in 2019.”
PEG finances and deploys solar to consumers and SMEs in West Africa. By providing credit for useful and productive assets, they help customers to gain ownership of assets that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
PEG has 450 full time staff, over 600 commission-based sales agents, and has earned many prestigious awards including the International Ashden Award (UK) for Innovative Financing, Inclusive Fintech 50, and being named by London Stock Exchange as one of the Fast Growing Companies in Africa.
ElectriFI is an impact investment facility, investing in early stage private companies and projects, focusing on new/improved electricity connections as well as on generation capacity from sustainable energy sources in emerging markets.
ElectriFI is funded by the European Union and other partners (PowerAfrica and Sweden) and managed by EDFI Management Company as a sub-delegate of FMO.