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2nd ALER Talks
19 of July 2021
2nd ALER Talks

The second edition of the ALER Talks will focus on the Role of National Banks in Financing the Renewable Energy Sector and will take place in September 2021.

This Talk is supported by ALER's long lasting partner – GET.invest – a program that mobilizes investments in decentralized renewable energies, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria, which recently launched a collaboration with Mozambican banks to increase investments in decentralized renewable energy projects and companies (more info here).

Currently, national banks play a very secondary role in financing renewable energy projects. Most of the investments are directed towards Independent Power Producers (IPP) from multilateral entities or Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), due to the favourable conditions that this type of entities can offer, in a project finance model, in foreign capital and foreign currency.

However, new renewable energy projects have been rising, of a smaller scale, with different business models, more locally developed projects and therefore with possibilities for financing innovation thus opening the doors to the participation of national banks. Consequently, it becomes increasingly important to involve local banks in this sector so that they can take advantage of the opportunities created and provide financing in local currency with added value for the entire national value chain.

However, local financiers are still unfamiliar with RE technologies and therefore with special technical characteristics, and therefore lack knowledge and experience, which translates into a lack of commercial interest to enter this market segment.

In this context, the aim of the second ALER Talk is to:

  •  Promote national private financing for different types of renewable energy projects and investments
  •  Inform and raise awareness of local banks about opportunities and trends in the renewable energy sector
  •  Bring together and promote dialogue between lenders and beneficiaries of local financing for renewable energy projects, contributing to the identification of barriers and solutions
  •  Present and disseminate the initiatives that have already been developed and are planned in several African Portuguese Speaking Countries (PALOP)
  •  Share ideas and best practices among local PALOP banks on how to finance the renewable energy sector
  •  Contribute to the development of a sustainable renewable energy market, increasing local content

"ALER Talks" are an event in the form of a short and informal webinar on a current topic moderated by ALER’s Executive Director, Isabel Cancela de Abreu, and have a quarterly frequency. As in the first ALER Talk (more info here), registration is free but mandatory and open to the general public.

In early September we will announce the date, speakers and open registrations – Stay tuned!

If you wish to have more visibility and guarantee the presence of a speaker, you may sponsor this ALER Talk. For that we invite you to consult the sponsorship manual here.

If you are not yet our Member, take this opportunity and enjoy the exclusive advantages, not only for this event, but also for all the other benefits of becoming a Member.

For more information contact geral@aler-renovaveis.org.