Ethiopia Scaling Solar - Round 2 (IFC-604194)

  • Ethiopia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 25, 2019
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.
Government of Ethiopia
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS May 10, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Dec 31, 2021

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Project Description
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IFC will act as PPP Transaction Advisor to PPP-DG to support the implementation of grid connected solar PV IPP projects for Round 2 of up to 750 MW. The projects are expected to not only provide competitively priced clean power, but also reduce Ethiopia's dependence on hydro resources by diversifying the energy supply mix. IFC will assist Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and the PPP Directorate General (PPP-DG under the Ministry of Finance) in developing/structuring, following a competitive tender, an independent power producer to design, finance, build, and operate solar PV-based generation capacity of up to an additional 750 MW.

This is a follow-up to Round 1 which reached commercial close in December 2019 for two solar IPPs of 250 MW, under a mandate signed in 2016 with EEP and later incorporating the PPP-DG (the new procuring entity for PPPs under the PPP Proclamation issued in February 2018).

There will be two phases to IFC Advisory's work:

Phase 1: Project Preparation

a. Site selection support
b. Technical and E&S due diligence
c. Legal and regulatory due diligence
d. Sector due diligence

Phase 2: Bid Preparation

a. Evaluation of RFQ
b. Localization of the template Scaling Solar documents
c. Consultation with IFC Investment / MIGA / IDA
d. Issuance of RFP
e. Hosting a bidders conference

IFC Advisory's involvement will cease at commercial close, to avoid conflicts of interest arising on the (possible) entry of other WBG entities into the project.

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The project will not only increase Ethiopia's installed capacity and energy supply, but will also enhance the ability of the country both to manage its water resources
more effectively in the short term and to adapt to climate change on an ongoing basis. 

Investment Description
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