KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has increased cumulative financing limit to Rs2 billion and also enhanced project size to 5MW.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the central bank said it had enhanced the scope of its Refinance Scheme for Renewable Energy by allowing financing under category III of the scheme to solar and wind based energy sale companies.
In light of the feedback received from stakeholders, the size of the project established by vendor/ supplier/ energy sale company has been enhanced from 1 MW to 5 MW. Accordingly, the cumulative financing limit has also been increased from Rs.1 billion to Rs.2 billion.
SBP Financing Scheme for Renewable Energy was announced in June 2016with an aim to help addressing the challenges of energy shortages and climate change in the country.
The scheme comprised of two categories: Category 1 allowed financing for setting up of renewable energy power projects with capacity ranging from 1 MW to 50 MW for own use or selling of electricity to the national grid or combination of both.
Category II allowed financing to domestic, agriculture, commercial and industrial borrowers for installation of renewable energy based projects/ solutions of up-to 1 MW to generate electricity for own use or selling to the grid/distribution company under net metering.
Later, in July 2019, SBP introduced a new Category III for facilitating financing to vendors/suppliers for installation of wind and solar systems/solutions of upto 1 MW. SBP also launched a Shariah complaint version of the scheme in August 2019.
Since the introduction of the scheme, total outstanding financing under the Scheme has reached to Rs.15.6 billion for 217 projects having potential of adding 292 MW of energy supply.
This revision in the scheme is expected to not only attract fresh local and foreign investment in the sector but also facilitate production of clean energy in the country, helping in managing climate change.