Projects

PAS Solar Limited

Period

2019

Country

Nigeria

Sector

Renewable energy

Financial facility

ElectriFI

ElectriFI Nigeria Country window subscribed to a USD 3 million senior loan in PAS Solar Limited, a project developer installing thousands of solar home systems to Nigerian households and micro enterprises through its operating subsidiary PAS BBOXX. The loan is part of a larger syndicated loan facility to fund the company’s goal to reach 35.000 installations over the next 5 years.

Project overview

EDFI ElectriFI contributed up to USD 3 million – as part of a USD 10 million syndicated debt facility – over 5 years to fund the growth of the PAS Solar in Nigeria, with a high focus on northern states.

Pan African Solar and BBOXX have executed an exclusivity partnership and license agreement to address the access to energy gap in Nigeria, resulting into the creation of PAS Solar, aimed at deploying 150,000 connections (solar PV panels with battery storage and appliances) by 2023. These units are pre-financed and distributed through a PayGo rental model. The technology of BBOXX Solar Home Systems has been at full scale commercial operations for seven years in Africa. Today, PAS Solar has a footprint of over 3500 units installed in the country.

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Funding objective

For this transaction, EDFI ElectriFI will be part of a USD 10 million syndicated debt facility with initial funding from the Renewable Energy Performance Platform
(REPP) and arranged by Camco Clean Energy. ElectriFI will contribute up to USD 3m over 5 years to fund the growth of the company in Nigeria, with a high focus on northern states.

Investment rationale

EDFI ElectriFI supports this prospect because it is one of the pioneering companies expanding into the difficult but large Nigerian market, focusing on northern and rural areas with a strong partnership in pace with one of the Tier 1 SHS manufacturer in Africa. The access to energy impact in these isolated and underdeveloped areas is deemed very high.

Key Indicators

Financial Instrument

Senior debt

Amount

USD 3 million

Status

Exited

Year

April 2019

Targeted impact – beneficiaries

50,000

Targeted impact – GHG avoidance

3,733 tCO2eq/y

Targeted impact – Annual output

465 MWh/y