The African Development Bank (AfDB), said it has $6.6 million financial agreement with the government of France for the implementation of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI).
According to a statement issued by the finance institution, the signing of the pact took place on 6 November 2016.
The agreement was signed by Ségolène Royal, French minister for energy environment and marine affairs, as well as Frannie Léautier, senior vice-President of the AfDB.
The statement further explained that the funding will help set up the delivery unit of the initiative to be hosted at the AfDB.
The Bank said it worked with the African Union and its partners to fully establish the delivery unit.
Léautier said: “I strongly welcome France’s contribution to the AREI. I hope that this commitment will be an important catalyst for others in helping us reach our funding goals as we strive to meet Africa’s future energy needs.”
The Bank noted that France’s contribution will help map existing initiatives and programmes for renewable energy development; identify new renewable energy development projects; and monitor priority projects of renewable energy development in Africa among others.
According to the AfDB, the AREI aims to achieve 10GW of new renewables by 2020 and mobilise the potential to generate 300GW by 2030.
The initiative has been set up to help African countries put in place low-carbon development strategies while creating jobs, improving energy security and bringing clean, safe and affordable energy to fellow Africans who currently lack access to it.
The Bank said this was announced last year during the COP21 Conference in Paris.
Beyond project financing, the initiative is also anticipated to help African countries to introduce and manage policies that will allow for a rapid and sustainable rollout of renewables technologies, and build institutions and systems for sustaining these investments.