Catalyzing private investment in sustainable energy in Argentina - Part 1 (GCF-FP030)

  • Argentina
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Inter-American Development Bank; Inter-American Investment Corporation
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 133.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 653.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ GCF website

Updated in EWS Jul 29, 2020

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Project Description

Helping Argentina finance a major move to renewables.

Argentina is endeavoring to introduce renewable energy generation at a similar scale to that of other Latin American countries. This corresponds to a desire by the Government of Argentina to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels (currently accounting for 87 percent of its energy needs) in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, while also enhancing energy security.

Climate change implications for improving the status quo are evident as 43 percent of Argentina's emissions in 2012 came from the power sector. Emissions from this sector increased by 64 percent during the past decade.

The objective of this programme is to help catalyze long-term private investment in sustainable
energy in Argentina. This will be done by preparing financing packages for a set of first-moving renewable energy projects. This will then demonstrate the technical and financial viability of business models to conform with laws recently adopted by the government which support renewable energy development.

Under this programme, GCF's investment of USD 130 million is directed towards at least five renewable energy projects. The GCF investment will be provided in loans, with the option for refinancing guarantees to encourage the participation of local and international banks. GCF support joins other financial investments from the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation.

Expected project benefits:
GCF results areas
Gender benefits
* Train and employ unskilled or low-skilled female labour in the construction phase of the project, recruit female students in an internship at the sponsor's corporate location in Argentina and provide assessment tools and certifications on gender equality at the corporate level.
UN Sustainable Development Goal
* #7 Affordable and clean energy

Investment Description
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Contact Information

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Mr. Matias Bendersky
Tel: +1 (202) 623-1723
Ms. Amal-Lee Amin
Tel: +1 (202) 623-1924


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