Sébastien Duquet, chief commercial officer at Mirova SunFunder1, told delegates at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN2) Investor Forum 2022 how private investment in emerging clean energy could be accelerated.

Duquet was speaking on a panel entitled: “Private Institutional Investment for Emerging Market Clean Energy and Climate Impact”.

He noted not only the substantial interest in the sector from investors, but also the challenges for those who are inexperienced in the sector. The considerable due diligence that the public sector undertakes on managers like Mirova SunFunder is one way to mitigate this challenge. Private sector investors are able to leverage this due diligence, lightening their load while gaining access to the expertise of public institutions that have decades of experience in investing in emerging markets geographies and sectors.

During the panel session, Duquet also talked about how to achieve impact at scale by sharing Mirova SunFunder’s hands-on approach to solving energy poverty in underserved communities, building relationships, and grasping opportunities.

Blended finance is an essential aspect of Mirova SunFunder’s way to unlock capital for emerging markets' energy transition projects since it helps to lower the risk profiles of riskier countries and innovative segments.

“As fund managers, we need to find a balance between investing at scale, managing the complexity of deals and keeping management costs to a minimum,” Duquet said.

“By sharing our insights, private investors can better understand our sector and potentially become key players in helping overcome the challenges and helping mobilise capital into clean energy in emerging markets.”

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1 Mirova SunFunder is a subsidiary of Mirova, the affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers dedicated to sustainable investing. Mirova SunFunder joined the GIIN network in 2022 and participates in education and research efforts designed to increase the scale and attractiveness of impact investing.

2 GIIN is a non-profit membership organisation which builds impact industry infrastructure and supports activities to accelerate the development of the impact investing industry. The GIIN forum, the largest impact investing conference worldwide, was held this year at the World Forum in The Hague.

About Mirova SunFunder
Mirova SunFunder, formed by the acquisition of SunFunder by Mirova in June 2022, has closed more than $175 million in debt financing to 58 solar borrowers in emerging markets, improving energy access for over 10 million people. Investments to date have been in the off-grid solar, mini-grid, productive use, C&I and telco ESCO sectors, in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. SunFunder won a UN Global Climate Action Award at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. For more information visit www.sunfunder.com.

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