Project detail - Planet Solar Energy (SL) Limited

Planet Solar Energy (SL) Limited

Status: Approved investment
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Who is our customer

Our customer is Planet Solar Energy (SL) Limited, a company incorporated in Sierra Leone to develop five solar PV power plants in 4 distinct sites across the country: Koidu (also referred to as Kono), Makoth, Bo and Port Loko. A Special Purpose Vehicle (Frontier Energy II Delta K/S) is established in order to allow DFIs (FMO, BII & Proparco) to co-invest in Planet Solar Energy (SL) Limited.

What is our funding objective?

The objective is to provide technical guidance to Planet Solar, strengthening their capabilities to effectively manage contextual risks, stakeholder engagement, livelihood restoration, community development and gender based violence (GBV) prevention/redress, and thus achieve and maintain a solid basis for Broad Community Support.

Why do we fund this investment?

Planet Solar is the first utility scale solar power project and the first Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Sierra Leone. The project aims to achieve the realization of 50 MW of renewable energy in a country with a huge gap between electricity demand and supply. It will contribute to lower electricity costs, more clean energy and GHG avoidance which is firmly in line with FMO’s ambition to contribute to SDG 13. During construction and (to a lesser extent) operations, local jobs will be created, contributing to FMO’s focus on SDG 8. Finally, this investment and enabling project will continue to strengthen FMO’s involvement in fragile states, contributing to SDG 10. More specifically, the TA project is considered crucial for bringing the capacity of the project team to the level needed to ensure a lasting social licence to operate and have Broad Community Support, and to optimize engagement on (and delivery of) benefits to the project hosting communities.

Sierra Leone
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EUR 0.06 MLN