SIMA Fund for Off-grid Solar Power Solutions

Green Finance Energy

Improving energy access in remote areas through financing for SMEs and microfinance institutions

Project Facts

Project Volume
50-250 Mio. EUR

Applied Financing Solutions
Concessional Loans

Project Dates
Start: 2017
In operation since/from: 2017

The Story

One billion people worldwide have no access to energy. The “SIMA Off-grid Solar and Financial Access Senior Debt Fund” targets climate change by creating off-grid energy access to millions of households living with little to no energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Solar off-grid solutions, ranging from simple solar lamps to solar home systems and solar mini-grids for remote villages, represent an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-effective alternative to diesel generators and kerosene lamps. They enable millions of households access to energy without harming the environment.

SIMA focuses on providing financing to small and medium-sized companies who manufacture, distribute, and/or finance standalone solar systems in more than 15 developing countries. OeEB has been providing long-term financing of USD 9.5 million to the SIMA fund since June 2019.

Success Factor | Hero Moment

Since the fund’s inception in October 2017, portfolio companies have created more than 7 million off-grid solar connections. The fund’s portfolio companies employ about 14,000 full-time employees and create extra income for 24,000 more people working on a commission-basis.

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB), Austria

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Microfinancing, Photovoltaics, Off-grid Solution, OeEB