Project detail - Starsight Premier Energy Finance Limited

Starsight Premier Energy Finance Limited

Status: Approved investment
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Who is our customer

Starsight Premier Energy Finance is the financing arm of Starsight Premier Energy Group (SPEG). SPEG offers sustainable solar power and storage solutions to C&I clients in Kenya, and plans to expand to Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda in 2023 and 2024.

What is our funding objective?

To finance Solar PV and storage energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector in East Africa

Why do we fund this investment?

There is a lack of long-term financing for distributed energy. Most local markets are not yet able to offer asset finance loans and/or meet the tenor requirements (8-10yrs) for this type of transactions. FMO and responsAbility are filling this gap by providing a long term loan.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

Category B+ due to solar PV C&I construction, operation, and maintenance as well as limited battery storage; posing limited risks and possibility for effective mitigation. Key risks are related to occupational health and safety, social accountability with regard to (sub)contractor management (e.g. working conditions, remuneration, recruitment and onboarding etc.) as well as contextual risks (including the human rights issues occurring in the global solar supply chain). The following Performance Standards are triggered by the transaction: PS 1 Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts, PS 2 Labour and Working Condition, PS 3 Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention, PS 4 Community Health, Safety and Security (to some extent). PS 5 Land Acquisition and involuntary resettlement, PS 6 Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources, PS 7 Indigenous People and PS 8 Cultural Heritage are not triggered as no land acquisition will take place, solar PV structures will be mainly be rooftop structures on existing C&I sector companies premises.

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Total FMO financing
USD 10.00 MLN
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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)