BURUNDI – The European Union (EU) is launching its EDFI ElectriFI and GET.invest programs with the aim of encouraging private investment in renewable energy in Burundi.

The aim of this funding is to support the electrification of Burundi, one of the least developed countries on the African continent.

The first is the EDFI ElectriFI (Electrification Financing Initiative) program, which is an impact investment facility that finances start-up companies and private projects, focusing on new or improved electricity connections and generating capacity from clean energy sources.

EDFI ElectriFI supports the development of renewable energy generation systems in sub-Saharan Africa, including solar home systems, green mini-grids, as well as solar systems for productive use by businesses. This program will be supported by GET.invest, a program set up by the EU and several of its member countries for investments in decentralized renewable energy.

GET.invest targets private sector companies and project developers, financial partners, and regulators to build sustainable energy markets in partner countries.

The new partner country, Burundi, needs GET.invest’s support to accelerate its electrification. The two recently launched programs are funded to the tune of 24 billion Burundian francs (10.6 million euros).

“To support the government’s efforts to implement the goal of universal access to modern, clean and affordable energy services by 2027, the EU is setting up EDFI ElectriFI and GET.invest to encourage private sector investment in renewable and decentralized energy and energy efficiency, with a view to contributing to improving communities’ access to a clean and sustainable source of energy,” said Selemani Khamisi, Permanent Secretary at the Burundian Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines.

Burundi currently has one of the lowest levels of electrification on the African continent, with a rate of only 11% according to the World Bank.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) estimates Burundi’s installed electrical capacity at 39 MW. The role of the private sector will be decisive in developing this installed capacity and enabling electrification.

The EU’s support is therefore important to catalyze its investments.

In this East African country, the EDFI ElectriFI and GET.Invest will be implemented by the management company EDFI-MC and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German agency for international development cooperation, respectively.

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