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The Next Steps in Scaling Finance for Energy Access: Syndicating Deals between Multiple Lenders

This no-cost webinar, jointly hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center and the UN Foundation's Energy Access Practitioner Network, in collaboration with SunFunder, will highlight the role of syndicated lending for scaling finance for energy access.

A syndicated loan is debt finance offered by a group of lenders—referred to as a syndicate—that work together to provide funds for a single borrower. Global syndicated lending amounts to trillions of dollars per year but has yet to benefit the relatively new but rapidly growing market for distributed energy solutions.

The webinar will examine the practical steps needed to launch a new generation of syndicated transactions and crowd in new investors to the decentralized energy sector. The webinar is the first in the Practitioner Network's new finance-focused webinar series, which will examine the financing challenges and solutions at the cutting edge of energy access investing.

  • Jem Porcaro, Senior Director of Energy Access at UN Foundation, will introduce the topic and provide context to the broader financing webinar series.
  • David Battley, Director of Structured Finance at SunFunder, will provide an overview of the steps involved in loan syndication and detail the opportunities in the sector.
  • Willem Nolens, Managing Director at SolarNow, will give a company perspective on preparing for syndicated lending.

Following the speakers, there will be a moderated conversation among the experts, followed by an opportunity for in-depth discussion with attendees on specific questions around getting syndicated lending off the ground in the energy access sector.

Earlier Event: April 13
NREL Industry Growth Forum
Later Event: April 19
2017 Emerging Technologies Summit