The AfricaGoGreen Fund (AGGF) has made headlines today with the announcement of the closure of its successful second fundraising, securing US $47 million in combined investments from top financial organizations, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).
IFC provided US $17 million in equity, which includes financing from the IDA20 Private Sector Window Blended Finance Facility. In addition to equity, IFC committed $30 million in debt to the fund, providing AGGF with long-term capital to complete the second close fundraise.
The African Development Bank, the Nordic Development Fund, and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa each invested US $10 million in equity. An additional US $10 million in debt from Calvert Impact Capital was closed in December 2022.
Launched by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in early 2021 and managed by LHGP Asset Management, AGGF is the first structured debt fund in Africa focused on energy efficiency solutions. The fund targets reaching between US $230 million and US $250 million at the final close. With the current fundraising round, total funding stands at US $138 million, demonstrating that the fund is getting traction to reach its full scale.
AGGF is accompanied by a technical assistance facility of US $3.3 million from KFW on behalf of BMZ, which supports project development and market studies, and provides transaction advisory and capacity building to stakeholders. Fully operational since 2021, AGGF has provided financing to AktivCo (link is external), a telecom energy services company, to develop clean energy solutions for powering telecommunication towers in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire and Niger, and to BBOXX (link is external), a pay-as-you-go solar-powered solutions provider, to accelerate access to clean cooking solutions for millions of Africans.
Solarise Transaction Investing In Energy-Efficient Appliances
AGGF has also more recently closed the Solarise transaction investing in energy-efficient appliances in Kenya, South Africa and Mauritius, and upsized both the AktivCo and BBOXX transactions.
Johannes Scholl, Head of Division at KfW said KfW is glad to welcome the new investors to the AfricaGoGreen Fund, which was initiated with seed capital from the German Government. “We hope that more like-minded investors will follow. This successful second fundraising demonstrates that the fund is on track to play a crucial part in the just energy transition in Africa,” he said.
“IFC is partnering with AfricaGoGreen because its innovative energy efficiency focus is making critical capital available to businesses that are supporting the region’s energy transformation while also expanding access to electricity, green building, and e-mobility solutions,” said Henrik Elschner Pedersen, IFC Regional Industry Director in Africa for Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services.
Dr. Daniel Schroth, Director of the Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Department noted that with great pride, the African Development Bank and the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa united other investors with the same ambition to build a more climate-resilient Africa and support the decarbonization of African countries. “We look forward to seeing other like-minded development institutions and commercial investors join us in fighting the detrimental impacts of climate change on the continent”.
Henrik Franklin, Director For Portfolio Origination and Management, Nordic Development Fund, averred that increasing access to clean and affordable energy in Africa is key to achieving the SDGs and enhancing climate resilience. “AGGF is a trailblazing initiative to promote energy efficiency, not only through financing but also by strengthening the enabling environment through capacity-building and developing regulations.”
“NDF is a proud early-stage and catalytic investor in AGGF and looks forward to joining forces with AfDB, KfW, IFC, SEFA, Lion’s Head , and other partners to deliver climate action,” Franklin said.
Clemens Calice, CEO of LHGP also noted that with AGGF, they are breaking new ground in supporting the African climate transition. He added that the urgency of combatting global warming forces all of the continent to leave no stone unturned to reduce C02 emissions. “This is precisely what AGGF has been set up to do. Having such a strong group of investors shows broad alignment on the objectives of AGGF. We are proud to be given the opportunity to meet the tasks and challenges ahead of us,” he said.
The funding will allow AGGF to broaden its financing for climate-friendly projects in Africa, including purchasing high-efficiency appliances and industrial equipment, retrofitting existing buildings and new green buildings, and installing rooftop solar and battery storage for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers.