Beyond the Grid Solar Fund

Debt : October 2017

BTGSF is a 5-year closed-end investment fund that provides loans to solar companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Amount

€ 4,175,007.50

Type of investment

Debt

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth
  • Financial inclusion
  • Access to basic services & goods
  • Fight against climate change and preservation of natural resources

Beneficiary locations

Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Investment field

Investment Companies & Funds

Activity

Infrastructure fund

Organisation

Beyond the Grid Solar Fund

Domicile

US

The Beyond The Grid Solar Fund is a debt fund focused on companies active in the off-grid / grid-deficit space mainly across East Africa. Borrowers of the BTGSF will include solar product distributors, PAYGO (pay-as-you-go) solar companies and solar project developers. One of the barriers currently faced by these companies is lack of access to debt finance, which is critical to achieve growth and scale. BTGSF’s loans are aimed at solar companies with positive track record (generally 3-years) that need capital to scale.

Management

BTGSF is managed by SunFunder, a solar energy finance asset management company with a mission to unlock capital for solar energy projects in emerging economies. Their strategy is fully aligned with BIO’s mandate i.e. providing access to energy and being inclusive. SunFunder’s vision statement is ‘driving a global energy transformation to solve energy access and climate change’.

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth

    Provision of over 80 loans in the coming 3 years, with an average of around USD 1,3m, and a tenor of up to 4 years.

  • Financial inclusion

    This investment contributes to the access to financial services of both enterprises and the general population. Target companies get access to financing in a situation where commercial banks are not able to do so given their strict regulations. The general population gets access to financing through the PAYGO approach of the SHS companies that are actually acting as micro-finance institutions (by pre-financing customers on their investment in electricity infrastructure)

  • Access to basic services & goods

    Access to energy: electricity

  • Fight against climate change and preservation of natural resources

    Impact on both energy poverty and climate change, by the generation and use of solar energy (on-grid + off-grid)

Made possible through this investment

Thanks to the direct funding from BIO, the following second-line investments have been made possible.

Astonfield

Kenya

BioLite

Kenya

d.light

India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda

Greenlight Planet

India, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

M-KOPA Solar

Kenya, Uganda

New Light Africa

Kenya

Off Grid Electric

Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Tanzania

Orb Kenya

Kenya

PEG Africa

Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana

PowerGen

Kenya

Questworks

Kenya

SolarKiosk

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania

SolarNow

Uganda

SolarWorks

Mozambique

Village Infrastructure Angels

Honduras

Vitalite Zambia

Zambia

Yellow Door Energy

Jordan

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Xpress Gas Limited

Enterprises

Xpress Gas Limited

  2,444,790.00

  Ghana

  17/05/2021

  Debt

European Financing Partners S.A.

Investment Companies & Funds

European Financing Partners S.A.

  15,000,000.00

  India, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia

  22/12/2020

  Debt

Agroserv Industrie SA

Enterprises

Agroserv Industrie SA

  10,256.00

  Burkina Faso

  09/02/2021

  Subsidy

The Currency Exchange Fund n.v.

Financial Institutions

The Currency Exchange Fund n.v.

  7,091,000.00

  Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Palestinian Territories, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

  05/09/2007

  Equity

African Minerals Limited

Enterprises

African Minerals Limited

  740,784.67

  Uganda

  22/12/2009

  Debt

Africinvest Fund II LLC.

Investment Companies & Funds

Africinvest Fund II LLC.

  6,000,000.00

  Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria

  28/08/2008

  Equity

European Financing Partners S.A.

Investment Companies & Funds

European Financing Partners S.A.

  5,000,000.00

  India, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia

  08/12/2010

  Debt

Oragroup S.A.

Financial Institutions

Oragroup S.A.

  5,000,000.00

  Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea

  07/01/2011

  Equity

Interact Climate Change Facility

Investment Companies & Funds

Interact Climate Change Facility

  6,000.00

  India, Mongolia, Honduras, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana

  23/02/2011

  Equity

Interact Climate Change Facility

Investment Companies & Funds

Interact Climate Change Facility

  10,000,000.00

  India, Mongolia, Honduras, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana

  23/02/2011

  Debt

Bank of Africa Group S.A.

Financial Institutions

Bank of Africa Group S.A.

  1,954,160.00

  Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

  30/03/2011

  Equity

Agri-Vie Fund II

Investment Companies & Funds

Agri-Vie Fund II

  350,000.00

  Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

  23/11/2020

  Subsidy

Phatisa Food Fund 2

Investment Companies & Funds

Phatisa Food Fund 2

  5,767,300.00

  Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

  29/01/2021

  Equity

Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd

Enterprises

Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd

  11,368,500.00

  Nigeria

  18/02/2013

  Debt

Oragroup S.A.

Financial Institutions

Oragroup S.A.

  5,000,000.00

  Benin, Côte d'Ivoire

  12/05/2014

  Debt

Electrical Controls and Switchgear Ltd.

Enterprises

Electrical Controls and Switchgear Ltd.

  725,111.00

  Uganda

  27/01/2015

  Debt

Orabank Côte d'Ivoire

Financial Institutions

Orabank Côte d'Ivoire

  10,000,000.00

  Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal

  09/02/2016

  Debt

European Financing Partners S.A.

Investment Companies & Funds

European Financing Partners S.A.

  6,000.00

  India, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia

  21/11/2003

  Equity

Grofin East Africa Fund LLC.

Investment Companies & Funds

Grofin East Africa Fund LLC.

  2,211,000.00

  Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  25/01/2006

  Equity

Rubaya-Nyabihu Tea Company Ltd.

Enterprises

Rubaya-Nyabihu Tea Company Ltd.

  3,674,000.00

  Rwanda

  01/03/2017

  Debt

AgRIF Coöperatief U.A.

Investment Companies & Funds

AgRIF Coöperatief U.A.

  105,000.00

  Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal

  11/09/2018

  Subsidy

AgRIF Coöperatief U.A.

Investment Companies & Funds

AgRIF Coöperatief U.A.

  5,438,332.50

  Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal

  18/06/2015

  Equity

Enko Education

Enterprises

Enko Education

  850,000.00

  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa

  17/12/2020

  Debt

Zoscales Fund I

Investment Companies & Funds

Zoscales Fund I

  350,000.00

  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  23/11/2020

  Subsidy

KCB Kenya

Financial Institutions

KCB Kenya

  19,583,388.00

  Kenya

  22/12/2020

  Debt

Ascent Rift Valley Fund II

Investment Companies & Funds

Ascent Rift Valley Fund II

  2,000,000.00

  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  17/12/2020

  Equity

Ascent Rift Valley Fund II

Investment Companies & Funds

Ascent Rift Valley Fund II

  5,743,220.00

  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  23/12/2020

  Equity

ACEP Group

Financial Institutions

ACEP Group

  30,900.00

  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal

  30/07/2018

  Subsidy

African Rivers Fund III

Investment Companies & Funds

African Rivers Fund III

  1,500,000.00

  Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda

  01/09/2020

  Equity

Adenia Capital III

Investment Companies & Funds

Adenia Capital III

  100,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar

  05/05/2020

  Subsidy

African Rivers Fund III

Investment Companies & Funds

African Rivers Fund III

  6,113,520.00

  Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda

  01/09/2020

  Equity

ACEP Burkina Faso

Financial Institutions

ACEP Burkina Faso

  1,441,675.96

  Burkina Faso

  29/10/2016

  Debt

Fairtrade Access Fund

Investment Companies & Funds

Fairtrade Access Fund

  350,000.00

  Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

  07/04/2020

  Subsidy

Aquila Leasing

Financial Institutions

Aquila Leasing

  4,000,000.00

  Nigeria

  09/03/2015

  Debt

Aquila Leasing

Financial Institutions

Aquila Leasing

  3,828,000.00

  Nigeria

  09/02/2010

  Debt

Advans Côte d'Ivoire

Financial Institutions

Advans Côte d'Ivoire

  122,950.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  18/07/2019

  Subsidy

Advans Côte d'Ivoire

Financial Institutions

Advans Côte d'Ivoire

  3,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  15/05/2017

  Debt

Alios Finance S.A.

Financial Institutions

Alios Finance S.A.

  2,877,422.00

  Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

  15/12/2015

  Debt

EFC Uganda

Financial Institutions

EFC Uganda

  16,144.00

  Uganda

  18/12/2019

  Subsidy

Zoscales Fund I

Investment Companies & Funds

Zoscales Fund I

  21,757.30

  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  12/11/2019

  Subsidy

Frontier Energy II

Investment Companies & Funds

Frontier Energy II

  8,151,000.00

  Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  21/03/2018

  Equity

AfricInvest Financial Inclusion Vehicle

Investment Companies & Funds

AfricInvest Financial Inclusion Vehicle

  10,000,000.00

  Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia

  14/12/2017

  Equity

Fairtrade Access Fund

Investment Companies & Funds

Fairtrade Access Fund

  3,000,000.00

  Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

  24/10/2019

  Equity

Fidelity Bank Ltd.

Financial Institutions

Fidelity Bank Ltd.

  25,075.00

  Ghana

  03/04/2019

  Subsidy

Fidelity Bank Ltd.

Financial Institutions

Fidelity Bank Ltd.

  14,433,000.00

  Ghana

  20/12/2016

  Debt

ACEP Group

Financial Institutions

ACEP Group

  4,100,000.00

  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal

  14/10/2019

  Equity

Verod Capital Growth Fund III

Investment Companies & Funds

Verod Capital Growth Fund III

  8,733,600.00

  Ghana, Nigeria

  25/07/2019

  Equity

ARPE Ltd.

Infrastructure

ARPE Ltd.

  8,236,550.00

  Uganda

  07/12/2016

  Debt

EFC Uganda

Financial Institutions

EFC Uganda

  285,933.00

  Uganda

  28/09/2016

  Equity

EFC Uganda

Financial Institutions

EFC Uganda

  1,000,000.00

  Uganda

  23/03/2018

  Equity

African Rivers Fund

Investment Companies & Funds

African Rivers Fund

  4,118,275.00

  Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda

  02/02/2016

  Equity

Kivuwatt Ltd.

Infrastructure

Kivuwatt Ltd.

  7,750,715.07

  Rwanda

  24/08/2011

  Debt

Rwimi EP Company

Infrastructure

Rwimi EP Company

  9,426,443.00

  Uganda

  29/07/2015

  Debt

Rwanda Mountain Tea

Infrastructure

Rwanda Mountain Tea

  1,986,637.72

  Rwanda

  21/12/2011

  Debt

Africa Renewable Energy Fund

Investment Companies & Funds

Africa Renewable Energy Fund

  8,896,000.00

  Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia

  30/10/2014

  Equity

Azito Energie

Infrastructure

Azito Energie

  15,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  19/07/2019

  Debt

Agri-Vie Fund II

Investment Companies & Funds

Agri-Vie Fund II

  6,552,700.00

  Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

  20/01/2017

  Equity

Adenia Capital IV LP

Investment Companies & Funds

Adenia Capital IV LP

  9,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar

  01/11/2016

  Equity

ACEP Group

Financial Institutions

ACEP group

  67,512.00

  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal

  23/07/2019

  Subsidy

TLcom TIDE Africa

Investment Companies & Funds

TIDE Africa

  4,367,820.00

  Kenya, Nigeria

  28/06/2019

  Equity

Ethos Mezzanine Partners 3

Investment Companies & Funds

Ethos Mezzanine Partners 3

  8,868,980.00

  Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

  13/06/2019

  Equity

Compagnie Africaine de Crédit

Financial Institutions

Compagnie Africaine de Crédit

  4,200.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  28/01/2019

  Subsidy

AccessBank Nigeria

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Nigeria

  15,024,304.02

  Nigeria

  30/01/2019

  Debt

AccessBank Nigeria

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Nigeria

  2,232,000.00

  Nigeria

  09/03/2006

  Debt

Azito Energie

Infrastructure

Azito Energie

  17,760,600.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  18/10/2012

  Debt

Enko Education

Enterprises

Enko Education

  2,000,000.00

  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa

  20/09/2018

  Debt

Adenia Capital III

Investment Companies & Funds

Adenia Capital III

  5,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar

  28/02/2012

  Equity

Adenia Capital III

Investment Companies & Funds

Adenia Capital III

  100,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar

  19/05/2016

  Subsidy

Adenia Capital III

Investment Companies & Funds

Adenia Capital III

  150,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar

  28/09/2012

  Subsidy

Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd

Enterprises

Niche Cocoa

  449,000.00

  Ghana

  29/12/2010

  Debt

Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd

Enterprises

Niche Cocoa

  4,300,000.00

  Ghana

  02/06/2015

  Debt

Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd

Enterprises

Niche Cocoa

  41,603.00

  Ghana

  16/03/2016

  Subsidy

Moablaou

Enterprises

Moablaou

  600,000.00

  Burkina Faso

  30/01/2007

  Debt

Moablaou

Enterprises

Moablaou

  100,000.00

  Burkina Faso

  17/02/2009

  Debt

Compagnie Africaine de Crédit

Financial Institutions

Cofina Ivory Coast

  3,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  15/03/2019

  Debt

Compagnie Africaine de Crédit

Financial Institutions

Cofina Ivory Coast

  3,000,000.00

  Côte d'Ivoire

  15/03/2019

  Debt

Zoscales Fund I

Investment Companies & Funds

Zoscales Fund I

  4,169,100.00

  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

  18/04/2019

  Equity

7 Hills

Enterprises

7 hills

  77,000.00

  Uganda

  05/10/2006

  Subsidy

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  620,000.00

  Tanzania

  01/08/2007

  Equity

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  145,000.00

  Tanzania

  05/02/2009

  Equity

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  1,500,000.00

  Tanzania

  15/09/2009

  Debt

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  274,000.00

  Tanzania

  25/02/2010

  Equity

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  225,000.00

  Tanzania

  28/06/2012

  Equity

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  425,000.00

  Tanzania

  30/05/2013

  Equity

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  100,000.00

  Tanzania

  01/12/2007

  Subsidy

AccessBank Tanzania Ltd.

Financial Institutions

AccessBank Tanzania

  13,700.00

  Tanzania

  26/03/2012

  Subsidy

Babban Gona Farmers Services

Enterprises

Babban Gona Farmers Services

  1,837,000.00

  Nigeria

  30/01/2019

  Debt