FIRST offers long term loan finance to small renewable energy projects in South Africa. We are a R1,3 billion fund. While our core offering focuses on projects needing funding of R50m or more, we will consider projects as small as 200kw where a different funding response is necessary. We are technology agnostic provided that we can show that the project fits broadly into the renewable sector or contributes to emission reduction.

Nimble in our response to our clients’ needs, our priority is to design bespoke funding packages that are simple and efficient to execute.

FIRST is a partnership between international development funding and South African commercial banks to unlock funding for small renewable projects. KfW, the German Government’s bilateral development bank, has anchored the establishment of FIRST. We provide the channel for large commercial lending institutions to direct funding into this segment efficiently. FIRST is managed by EWF Partners, a small and experienced team who are dedicated to uphold the high levels of integrity of their funders and focused on making funding simple and accessible.

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EWF Partners