Hydropower investors and developers face a diversity of challenges when preparing a project, while governments want to ensure that all energy projects align with national priorities and adhere to good practice in sustainability.
When preparing a project, hydropower companies must consider the location, regulatory environment, financing arrangements and infrastructure in which they will operate.
Preparation facility model
A significant barrier to private sector investment in hydropower is the financial risk associated with rigorous and complex planning and assessments, with no certainty for investors that a project will be given permission to proceed.
We are promoting a new hydropower project preparation facility model, which could help investors, developers and governments get new projects off the ground, by ensuring that each one is selected according to recognised sustainability criteria and national and regional development needs. Read more.
An innovative new investment instrument, green bonds are fixed income loans for the finance and refinance of projects and assets that help address environmental and climate risks.
We are working with partners to agree recognised eligibility criteria for green bonds to fund hydropower projects. Read more.
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