The board of directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an equity investment of up to $25 million in ARCH Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), a $250 million private equity fund for renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
ARPF will provide equity for the development and construction of 10 to 15 greenfield renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, adding about 533 MW of installed energy generation capacity from renewable sources in the region.
This will provide both base load and peak load power in underserved markets.
ARPF projects will focus on mature technologies including wind, solar PV, small to medium hydro, geothermal and biomass.
These would include grid-connected independent power producers and decentralized energy projects (commercial and industrial solar, mini-grids and solar home systems companies).