Finance and preparation
Investors and developers face a diversity of challenges when preparing a hydropower project, while governments want to ensure that it aligns with national priorities and adheres to good practice in sustainability.
When preparing a project, hydropower companies must consider the location (e.g. hydrology), regulatory environment, financing arrangements and the local 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.
Latest associated content
Jean-Michel Devernay is the World Bank's chief technical specialist for hydropower.Type:Blog postDate:28 February 2014
Our annual activity report, Advancing Sustainable Hydropower, reviews our work in 2013 and outlines our vision for the future.Type:Blog postDate:18 February 2014
Last week, African and European political and business leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to lay out bold plans for Africa’s energy future, with hydropower at the forefront.Type:Blog postDate:18 February 2014
Some 20 senior representatives of our corporate members met in Brazil last week.Type:News postDate:4 February 2014
Gil Maranhão Neto is the director of business development at GDF Suez Energy Brasil. He spoke with us about the hydropower environment in the Amazon region, the role of the private sector and the impacts of IHA's work.Type:Blog postDate:4 February 2014