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Welcome to PFAN

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is a multilateral public private partnership, initiated by the Climate Technology Initiative and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which nurtures promising, innovative clean and renewable energy projects by bridging the gap between investors and clean energy entrepreneurs and project developers. To scale up its operation in response to increasing demand, PFAN program has been launched under a new hosting arrangement at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)in 2016. Our new website will be launched soon.

PFAN brings together private sector companies with experience in financing climate-friendly projects and technologies to screen business plans and select the most economically and environmentally beneficial projects. For those entrepreneurs and business selected, PFAN provides guidance on feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan and introductions to investors. PFAN’s goals are to accelerate technology transfer and diffusion under the UNFCCC, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, promote low-carbon, sustainable economic development, and help facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy by increasing financing opportunities for promising clean energy projects. PFAN accomplishes this by building a network of investors, entrepreneurs, technical experts and government representatives with a common goal of increasing the viability of clean and renewable energy.
Efforts to scale up investment in clean energy technology and businesses are often unsuccessful due to the problem of the “missing middle”; many clean energy entrepreneurs have good ideas but cannot find financing; while many investors in the clean energy sector have difficulties identifying and vetting attractive investment opportunities.
PFAN seeks to bridge the gap by coaching and mentoring emerging clean energy businesses; by developing a network of investors and financial institutions who are interested in and informed about the clean energy markets; and by presenting to these investors projects that have been screened for commercial viability, sustainability and environmental and social benefits. For investors PFAN represents a deal pipeline of investment ready clean energy projects.


PFAN Experience and Track Record

PFAN activities commenced in early 2006 and were conducted as a pilot programme up to September 2008. During this period 65 projects underwent initial review, with ten of these projects bring formally accepted for receiving PFAN support and inducted into the development pipeline. During the pilot phase, three projects were guided to financial closure (a small run-of-river hydro-electric power station in Mexico, a bio-diesel refinery in Brazil and biomass palletization in South Africa), raising a total of US$ 40 million.
In late 2008 PFAN embarked on a major scaling up programme, which has since seen the development pipeline expand to over 358 projects with a total investment volume of in excess of US$ 6.9 billion, representing a range of clean energy technologies (including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, bio-fuels, biogas, geothermal, waste-to-energy, clean transport, energy efficiency and rural electrification) and having an aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation potential of over 12.8 million tones of CO2e per annum.
By August 2016, with over US$ 1.2 billion of investment for 87 projects already raised, PFAN has contributed to the establishment of over 701 MW of clean generation capacity and annual mitigation of 2.6 million tones CO2e and is now looking to target its next investment threshold of US$ 5 billion.