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  • SBP eases conditions for renewable energy solution providers

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    To promote investment in renewable energy solutions by companies, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has eased the conditions for renewable energy solution providers under its Refinance Scheme for Renewable Energy, a statement said Monday.

    The statement said all Renewable Energy Investment Entities (RE-IEs) interested in installing renewable energy projects or solutions were now allowed to avail refinance under category III of the scheme.

    "An RE-IE is a business entity (including vendors and suppliers) whose business is to establish renewable energy projects for onward leasing/renting out/selling on deferred payment basis or selling of electricity generated from these projects to end-users," it said.

    It may be recalled that with an aim to help address the challenges of energy shortages and climate change, the central bank had revised its SBP Financing Scheme for Renewable Energy in July 2019. "SBP also launched a Shariah complaint version of the scheme in August 2019."

    The scheme now comprises three categories. Under Category I, financing is allowed for setting up of renewable energy power projects with capacity ranging from 1 MW to 50 MW for own use or selling of electricity to the national grid or a combination of both.

    Under Category II, financing is allowed to domestic, agriculture, commercial, and industrial borrowers for installation of renewable energy-based projects/solutions of up to 1 MW to generate electricity for own use or selling to the grid/distribution company under net metering.

    Under Category III, financing is allowed to vendors/suppliers/energy sale companies for installation of wind and solar systems/solutions of up to 5 MW.

    "Accordingly, in light of the feedback received from stakeholders including renewable energy solution suppliers, Alternate Energy Development Board, NEPRA, and banks, the requirement of AEDB certification has been relaxed for RE-IEs who do not undertake installations on their own but hire services of installers/vendors for installation of RE projects/solutions," the statement said.