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EREF ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility

2016 - 2020

Implementing agencies
Secretariat of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

African partners
Other public body, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
National focal institutions in West Africa

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
UNIDO, the Governments of Spain (AECID); Austria (ADA); Austria (Ministry of Environment); and UK (OFID).

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Morocco, Niger Republic, Senegal Republic, Sierra Leone, Togo

Renewables, Electricity, Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency, Cooking Energy

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Mini-grids, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Debt, Early stage

Main objectives
- Create a favorable investment and business environment which leads to accelerated deployment and use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and services in rural and peri-urban areas in West Africa - Mitigate financing barriers for the development and execution of small and medium-sized renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses and investments

Main activities
- Provides grant funding to small and medium sized renewable energy and energy efficiency investment and business projects - Financing Window 1 - Investment promotion: pre-investment activities (e.g. strategic studies); project development (e.g. feasibility studies, financial structuring); small scale, pro-poor demonstration projects - Financing Window 2 - Business development: Business support activities (e.g. capacity development), promotion of business partnerships - Financing Window 3 – Innovative Loan Financing Instruments (planned)



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