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Who is our customer

Berkeley Energy Commercial & Industrial Company is a distributed energy business that develops, builds and operates solar PV rooftop and ground mount installations for commercial and industrial (“C&I”) customers in emerging markets under power purchase agreements. The business is currently active in India and Thailand through its existing shareholder and aims to become a leading energy solutions business in the recently budding C&I clean energy market in India and SE Asia and potentially other emerging markets.

What is our funding objective?

FMO proposes to provide up to US$50 million for a significant minority stake in the company. The funds will be used to partially acquire the seed assets and further grow the company’s portfolio of C&I assets. REAF II will be the other shareholder of the company.

Why do we fund this investment?

The investment will create distributed clean energy infrastructure for high quality corporate customers as well as local employment. It will allow these customers to fulfil their CSR targets targeting renewable energy supply and save on energy costs while also allowing the targeted countries to get closer to reaching their renewable energy targets – and supporting the energy paradigm shift from centralised to decentralised energy generation and utilisation. With this transaction, FMO further expands its cooperation with longstanding partner Berkeley Energy, the fund manager of REAF II and other emerging markets renewable energy funds that FMO has also invested in.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

E&S risk category B, due to limited risks and possibility for effective mitigation. The impact potential is material, with the delivery of grid independent and renewable energy to commercial and industrial customers in regions that need stable and clean energy for sustainable economic development. Key risks are related to occupational health and safety, social accountability with regard to staff and (sub)contractor management (e.g. working conditions, remuneration, recruitment and onboarding etc.), contextual risks and security. The company’s existing and functional ESMS and E&S experiences will be tailored-made and applied (incl. HSE academy), with support of FMO, and a dedicated ESG manager will be recruited for the business in due time. Note that PS1-4 are triggered to some extent; PS5-8 are not triggered (C&I on existing property). Further additionality opportunities related to the implementation of a sustainability policy (incl. supply chain).

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Date Total FMO financing
5/30/2023 EUR 0.02 MLN
4/5/2023 USD 28.20 MLN
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Effective date
Total FMO financing
USD 50.00 MLN
Risk categorization on environmental and social impacts, A = high risk, B+ = medium high risk, B = medium risk, C = low risk Environmental & Social Category
(A, B+, B or C)