IFC announces $150m credit line, with focus on African solar


International Finance Corp. (IFC) has announced a $150 million loan to Egypt's Elsewedy Electric, with some of the credit to be used to finance solar generation capacity in Africa.

The IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, mentioned the involvement of fellow lenders First Abu Dhabi Bank (Fab) and Europe Arab Bank in the financing package. The multilateral organization would not disclose to pv magazine whether Fab and Europe Arab Bank will supply part of the $150 million loan.

The IFC said Elsewedy will use the funds to construct African solar projects, to improve the energy efficiency of its manufacturing operations, and to acquire further industrial plants if the opportunity arises.

“This announcement demonstrates our commitment towards our robust expansion and growth plans,” said Elsewedy CEO Ahmed Elsewedy.

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pv magazine has contacted Elsewedy Electric to ask how much of the funds will be devoted to solar projects and how much generation capacity will be installed.

This copy was amended on 04/07/22 to include the IFC's response to pv magazine‘s question about the structure of the loan.

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