Desert to Power G5 Sahel Facility

Desert to Power G5 Sahel Facility

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 07 Oct 2021 at B.30
  • Est. completion 23 Nov 2029
  • ESS Category Category A

The Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger –are characterized by high poverty levels, high vulnerability to climate change, and low electrification rates.  While they have some of the highest solar energy generation potential in the world, they cannot benefit from it due to a lack of public and private investments in the clean energy sector.  Currently, clean energy cannot meet increasing electricity demand. The demand growth combined with their high dependence on fossil fuels makes it harder for them to embrace a low-emission future.  Thus, the energy sector plays a pivotal role in contributing to the region’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals.

The Desert to Power G5 Sahel Facility aims to tap into the immense solar energy potential of the Sahel region and bring cheaper, reliable and low-emission electricity to end users.  The Facility will address institutional and financial barriers and create an enabling environment to facilitate private sector funding for solar technological innovations and to ensure sustainability of the clean energy sector. GCF’s contribution of USD 150 million to the Facility will leverage financing from the African Development Bank (the implementing partner) and the private sector for investments totaling to almost USD 1 billion for large-scale solar generation.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


25 Sep 2020 - 378 days

Concept note received

25 Sep 2020

Funding proposal received

29 Jan 2021

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

19 Jul 2021

Cleared by iTAP

14 Sep 2021


07 Oct 2021 - 413 days

Approved by GCF Board

07 Oct 2021

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

07 Mar 2022

FAA executed

02 Sep 2022

Under implementation

23 Nov 2022 - 512 days so far

FAA effective

23 Nov 2022

Disbursement - USD 451,428

27 Jun 2023

To be completed

23 Nov 2029 - 2,046 days to go

One region

  • Africa

Five countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing0% disbursed

LoanUSD 42,000,000
GrantUSD 8,000,000
GuaranteeUSD 20,000,000
GrantUSD 40,000,000
LoanUSD 40,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 150,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 115,649,822
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 10,000,000
Co-FinancingGuaranteeUSD 20,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 50,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 299,616,360
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 20,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 88,830,118
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 70,876,820
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 141,743,280
Total Co-Financing
USD 816,716,400

GCF Contacts

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Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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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

Burkina Faso
Prime Ministry
Mr. Nebyida Lamech KABORE Primary
Policy Officer
Phone +22676 51 50 80
Phone +226 78 29 27 26
Mr. Basile OUEDRAOGO Secondary
Policy Officer
Phone +226 78 16 48 58
Phone +226 67 29 24 54
Ministry of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Expert Environmentaliste
Avenue Idriss Miskine, N’djamena, Chad
Phone +235 60 28 28 10
Phone +235 90 88 01 01
The Environment and Sustainable Development Agency
Mr. Zantigui KONE Primary
Director General
Phone +223 78 81 08 88
Mr. Amidou GOÏTA Secondary
Head of department financial resources mobilization
Cite Administrative – Batiment No. 7 – BP: 1634, Bamako, Mali
Phone +223 71768531/66883648
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr Sidi El Wavi Primary
Policy Officer and Coordinator of the National Program on Climate Change
Phone +222 4600 8383
Niger (the)
National Council of the Environment for Sustainable Development (CNEDD)
Dr. Kamaye Maâzou Primary
Executive Secretary
Cabinet du Premier Ministre, PL 17 Rue du Gouverneur Jules Brévié, BP 10193, Niamey, Niger, Niamey, Niger (the)
Phone +227 207 22 559
Phone +27 9698 7470
Phone +227 9022 1700


News + Stories

GCF and AfDB sign key agreement on transformative energy transition programme

15 Sep 2022 / GCF and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a critical agreement to advance the implementation of a transformative programme, Desert to Power G5 Sahel Facility, which will support least developed countries in the Sahel region of Africa in their energy transition and access. The agreement was executed 2nd September 2022. The USD 1 billion project will leverage blended financing from the AfDB and the private sector for large-scale solar generation with over USD 150 million in approved GCF financing.