Off-grid solar finance through SPVs – the reality of implementation

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Join the webinar on 20. March 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Today, 1.1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Off-grid solar companies can contribute to closing this gap in the future. To reach even a quarter of these yet unconnected households, several billion USD will have to be raised and invested. As local banks are still hesitant to extend finance due to a lack of traditional collateral and an absence of historical profits, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) seem to offer a solution. How do these work and how difficult is their implementation?

You will discover:

  • what the requirements and challenges are in setting up a ‘forward looking’ SPV structure
  • if smaller companies without a sophisticated finance department can also pursue such structures
  • a practical glance into experiences by actual funds and how they set up their own structures in the market
  • insights into ‘what contracts you need’, ‘how to deal with operational and reporting implications’ and ‘which credit risk indicators are the most appropriate’
  • an insider’s look at recent funding rounds in the sector and insights from the discussions during the Solar Plaza conference in January 2018 in Hong Kong
 

The Presenter

After ten years of experience in green lending around the world, André Radloff started diving deep into off-grid solar topics, delivering a working paper on innovative off-grid finance solutions during the October 2017 GOGLA conference in Abidjan.
His hands-on approach delivers real world, up-to-the-second insights and knowledge in the field. As General Manager of Banks for the ProCredit Holding in Africa and South America from 2009 until 2016, André developed Greenfield MSME Banks from inception to scale and helped to roll out technologies such as mobile banking, internal credit ratings and digital loan processing. After leaving the ProCredit Group, he became a Freelance Consultant working on management consulting and digital finance topics. He is currently involved in setting up an off-grid energy company with a primary focus on the Indian market. André holds an MBA (Dipl. Kfm) from the University of Bayreuth and has an academic background in Finance and Management.
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Webinar: Off grid solar finance through SPVs – the reality of implementation