The Liberty 1 wind farm is one of three separate projects as part of CDC’s investment to fund the development of 150MW of wind power in the Jhimpir area of the Sindh province of Pakistan and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. This project has a capacity of 50MW and is being developed by Liberty Mills. It is part of a programme of 12 wind projects across Pakistan totalling 610 MW, which together will increase the renewable energy generation capacity of Pakistan by 50 per cent and providing clean, affordable power to the country at an average tariff of US$4.5c/kWh, in comparison to the existing average wind project tariff of US$11c/kWh.
CDC’s investment will fund the development of the wind farm supporting the decarbonisation of Pakistan’s energy mix and helping to meet growing electricity demand. Increasing the supply and reliability of power has evidenced positive effects on firm growth and employment, and quality of life. CDC’s investment will also reduce coal and fossil fuel imports by 0.1 per cent (or c.US$10.7 million), helping to relieve pressure on foreign exchange reserves.
Other (power will support employees primarily in manufacturing, construction, transport and agriculture sectors expected to be low to middle-income).
Other (71% of people in Pakistan have access to electricity).
To help us direct our investments, we use a tool called the Development Impact Grid. The Grid scores every investment we plan out of a score of four, based on two factors: the difficulty of investing in the country and whether investment in that sector will lead to jobs.
Environmental and social aspects
CDC worked with the sponsors to procure support from international E&S advisors in the design of the farms which resulted in the mitigation of biodiversity impacts. CDC also worked with the sponsor to build and retain appropriate capacity to manage E&S issues. This work is continuing as the project companies move towards closure of Environmental & Social Action Plan items ahead of first disbursement.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
- South Asia
We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Direct Debt
- Start date
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For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.
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- November 2019
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