• Honduras
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 14, 2017
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 29.22 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 29.22 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 123.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ FMO website

Updated in EWS Jul 11, 2018

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Project Description
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According to the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), this project will directly contribute to more sustainable electricity generation in Honduras, where long term demand still exceeds supply. This will reduce among others Honduras' dependence upon imported fossil fuels.

It consists of a PV Solar project with two phases. Late 2016 the construction of Phase I with 25MWac was largely completed and this phase became fully operational in the 4th quarter of 2017. Phase I was funded by the Sponsor and as of late 2016 with senior debt from DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mBH, a development finance institution based in Germany. The construction of Phase II, with an additional 25MWac, will start soon and is expected to become operational by mid-2018. 

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

The Dutch Development Bank gives the following explanation for its B+ rating in the environmental and social category: "The E&S category is B+, reflecting working and labour conditions and health and safety risks to employees and communities, mainly during construction; optimization of water use for cleaning the solar panels, given the arid environment; design and construction of an effective drainage system; land clearing and reforestation. IFC PS6 may be applicable as a few fruit-eating bat individuals (Artibeus inopinatus) were viewed on site. This bat species is considered by some experts to have a restricted range (El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua) and further investigation will be carried out regarding its habitat and potential project impacts on this species. FMO’s E&S DD indicates that the Project will have impacts consistent with the following IFC PSs: PS 1 - Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts PS 2 - Labour and working conditions PS 3 - Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention PS 4 - Community Health, Safety and Security PS 6 - Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management The following PS are, as seen by FMO, not applicable to this project: PS5 – Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement: the project will not lead to physical or economic displacement. All transactions have been done on “willing buyer – willing seller” basis. PS7 – Indigenous Peoples: the project will not impact communities of indigenous people nor their lands and resources. PS8 – Cultural Heritage: according to archaeological investigations, the project is not expected to have impacts on cultural heritage. A chance finds procedure will be developed and the contractors will be trained to use it if necessary."

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Pacific Solar Energy, S.A. de CV Client -
- - - - UPower, Inc. Parent Company -

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.


Communities who believe they will be negatively affected by a project funded by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) may be able to file a complaint with the Independent Complaints Mechanism, which is the joint independent accountability mechanism of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the German Investment Corporation (KfW) . A complaint can be filed in writing, by email, post, or online. The complaint can be filed in English or any other language of the complainant. The Independent Complaints Mechanism is comprised of a three-member Independent Expert Panel and it can provide either problem-solving, compliance review or both, in either order. Additional information about this accountability mechanism, including a guide and template for filing a complaint, can be found at:

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