PAST WEBINAR

Coming of age of financing solar PV in LAC

20 March 2018, 16:00 CET (RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE)


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Driven by auctions and enabling policies, the development of solar PV projects in Latin America has spurred over the last couple of years. The main question remains how to attract financing for these projects. The Inter-American Development Bank plays a vital role via its private arm IDB Invest, but investments from traditional parties like commercial banks and institutional funds are needed to scale up. In a prologue to our upcoming conference, Elizabeth Robberechts from IDB Invest and Jorge Barrigh from LAC-CORE will discuss this in this webinar, focussing on the following topics:

  • Key considerations for investing in solar PV projects in Latin America
  • What’s the potential for blended finance?
  • Which policies are needed to enable the further growth of solar PV in LAC?
  • What can developers do to attract low-cost capital?
ELIZABETH ROBBERECHTS /// INVESTMENT OFFICER - IDB INVEST
Elizabeth Robberechts is a Lead Investment Officer in the IIC’s Infrastructure and Energy Division, based in Washington, D.C. Her focus is on the origination and structuring of financings for utility-scale renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. For three years, Elizabeth was based in the IDB Group’s office in Santiago, Chile, where she met with dozens of renewable energy developers and witnessed first-hand the dramatic evolution of the solar sector. She has experience in the origination and negotiation of financings for energy projects utilizing wind, PV solar, concentrated solar and geothermal technologies, with a recent emphasis on PV solar financings in Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Since 2012, Elizabeth has participated in the financing of five PV solar projects in Latin America, including the first project financing of a PV solar project in Chile, as well as the structuring of financing for solar projects exposed to merchant risk. Elizabeth speaks Spanish and English and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University.
ELIZABETH ROBBERECHTS
INVESTMENT OFFICER /// IDB INVEST
JORGE BARRIGH /// CO-CHAIRMAN - LAC-CORE
Jorge Barrigh’s career has focused on climate change and green financial instruments as well as renewable energy, with posts at Ecoressources, Inc in Canada; Natsource LLC in Panama; as Fund Manager for the Corporacion Andina de Fomento/CAF in Venezuela. He has advised the Peruvian COP and the IDB on green strategies. He is also a board member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE).
JORGE BARRIGH
CO-CHAIRMAN /// LAC-CORE