Brazil: BNDES and KFW launch $142.7 million credit facility for solar, renewables

German development bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the Brazilian development bank, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) have launched a joint $142.7 million credit facility that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Brazil.

The funds will support, among others, projects relying on the solar, wind, mini-hydro and biomass technology.

BNDES said this credit facility is planned to meet the increasing demand in the country for financing power projects based on clean energy technologies.

The facility will be part of the DKTI (German Climate Technology Initiative), an initiative managed by the KFW and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). No more details were provided on how the funds will be allocated.

The BNDES recently changed its loan commitments for the financing of large-scale renewable energy projects competing in Brazil’s power auctions.

The financing of PV power plants by BNDES is linked to compliance with local content requirements. The first financing of this type was awarded to a 150 MW (AC) project of EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) and Canadian Solar companies located in the state of Minas Gerais. The plant incorporates equipment manufactured locally by Canadian Solar, in Sao Paulo.