Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework

Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 01 Mar 2018 at B.19
  • Est. completion 17 Feb 2025
  • ESS Category Category B

Supporting the Government of Zambia catalyze private investment in the renewable energy sector to boost electricity generation and diversify the country's energy mix.

Energy generation in Zambia relies almost entirely on hydro power, accounting for nearly 90 percent of its total installed generation capacity. While the country's electrification rate stands at approximately 27.9 percent, it is facing a serious electricity supply deficit from recent droughts.

This initiative will support the Government of Zambia's Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) policy to develop 100 MW of renewable projects, mostly solar power, through long-tenor project loans. It will provide technical assistance to build capacity for rural electrification, currently at 4 percent, and help local financial institutions carry out renewables and project finance.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 23 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


27 Jul 2017 - 218 days

Funding proposal received

27 Jul 2017

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

15 Dec 2017

Cleared by iTAP

26 Jan 2018


01 Mar 2018 - 719 days

Approved by GCF Board

01 Mar 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

09 Nov 2019

FAA executed

20 Nov 2019

Under implementation

17 Feb 2020 - 1,588 days so far

FAA effective

17 Feb 2020

Disbursement - USD 1,000,000

09 Nov 2021

To be completed

17 Feb 2025 - 241 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing2% disbursed

LoanUSD 50,000,000
GrantUSD 2,500,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 52,500,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 50,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 12,500,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 37,500,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,500,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 101,500,000

GCF Contacts

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Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank
Mr. Shakil Beedassy

Climate Finance Expert
CCIA. Rue Jean Paul 11, Plateau, 01 BP 1387 Abidjan 01., Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Phone +230 5920 8938
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Ministry of Green Economy and Environment
Mr. Billy Katontoka Primary
National Coordinator
Phone +260 211 252625
Phone +260 97 5366274
Ms. Brenda Simainga Secondary
Environmental Specialist Readiness Support
Phone +260 211 252625
Phone +260 97 2823232

News + Stories

GCF and AfDB partner to increase renewable power in Zambia

21 Nov 2019 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are working together to support a USD 154.0 million renewable energy financing framework in Zambia. Historically, Zambia has relied on hydropower generation for 90% of its energy needs. Since 2015, Zambia has faced challenges in meeting the country’s electricity demand – a challenge that is exacerbated by climate-induced droughts that limit hydroelectric generation.