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Clean Energy Market Diagnostic, Bank Readiness Assessment and Lending Toolkit Pilot Testing

Marcia Trump, Daniel Gies


June 23, 2015
The Clean Energy Lending Toolkit is a reference guide provided by Development and Training Services Inc. (dTS), Abt Associates and Enclude Ltd., under the USAID Economic Growth Training (EGT) Project. It includes the findings and recommendations from pilot-testing of the USAID Clean Energy Lending Toolkit (Toolkit) in Liberia. 

Clean energy (CE) refers to renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) systems that represent sustainable, more efficient use of indigenous resources that can supplant or diversify reliance on traditional fossil or other higher-carbon fuel sources. Typically, CE financing faces significant investment, institutional, policy, and capacity development barriers in developing countries that depress or eliminate incentives for the commercial lending sector to commit to this rapidly evolving market opportunity. Financial intermediaries (FIs) first need the ability to understand CE market opportunities and, second, develop the credit systems and products to effectively lend to consumers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), and other clean energy providers. In 2013, USAID created the Clean Energy Lending Toolkit to offer FIs a practical guide to launching a clean energy lending line of business.