Private sector engagement
The private sector plays a critical role in hydropower development, both in providing the necessary technical skills but also as a source of project financing. There are a number of financing models and instruments available involving private players and the appropriate structure will depend on site and country-specific circumstances. Barriers to investment can often include the lack of a strong regulatory framework and the complexities involved, particularly for large-scale projects.
In the last ten years power purchase agreements have proven to be a popular model, especially in emerging markets where they have helped address power shortages. Like other models including public-private partnerships, creating a common understanding between parties is essential in order to best allocate and mitigate risk and achieve a balanced, durable and bankable agreement.
In this session, power producers and experts will identify the key challenges and opportunities and explore how governments and international financial institutions can leverage greater private sector participation. The panellists will also discuss the replicability of successful experiences from around the world and help lay out what constitutes industry best practice.
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