World Bank approves another $250 million guarantee to support renewables in Argentina

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The Executive Board of the World Bank approved a new guarantee of US$250 million last week, “with the intention of contributing to a cleaner energy matrix, as well as mitigating climate change”, the financial entity said in its statement.

The World Bank guarantees are intended to facilitate private investment in projects under the RenovAr Program of Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining of the Nation, through the country’s Renewable Energy Fund (FODER).

“After the successful experience of Rounds 1 and 1.5 of the RenovAr Program, we are proud to continue to have the support of the World Bank to reaffirm the path taken by our country with the aim of guaranteeing the diversification of the energy matrix and reducing climate change,” said Sebastián Kind, the Argentinean Undersecretary of Renewable Energies.

This guarantee will add to the first $480 million guarantee that the World Bank granted in March of last year to the tenders of the RenovAr Program that were held in 2016 (known as Round 1 and 1.5), which began to take effect last August.

This new operation supports Round 2 held at the end of 2017, in which the total PV power allocated was 816.3 MW, and with which it is expected to mobilize private financing representing nine times the value of the guarantee, according to the World Bank’s press release.

“We partner with Argentina once more in the creation of an enabling environment for leveraging private sector renewable energy financing, in an effort to promote sustainable use of its natural resources and help the country meet its climate change mitigation goals,” said Jesko Hentschel, director of the World Bank for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.