IRENA and the Terrawatt Initiative Launch Effort to Boost Global Solar Development

21 June 2016| Press Release

Munich, Germany, 21 June 2016 – Leaders in energy, finance and law will collaborate to scale up solar energy under a new initiative officially launched today on the margins of InterSolar Europe. The Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative, led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Terrawatt Initiative, aims to spur global solar development by standardising contracts to streamline the development and finance of solar projects.

Country commitments submitted under the Paris Agreement entail roughly USD 1.2 trillion in solar energy investment by 2030. To reach this target, governments must implement efficient regulatory schemes that enable massive development of solar projects – with minimal risk – and allow private investors to enter the market at scale. There is also a need to reduce transaction costs so solar power can penetrate more markets across the globe.

“High transaction costs for some solar projects are due, in large part, to the complexity of the contractual documents supporting the projects,” said Henning Wuester, Director of IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre. “Simplifying the negotiation of these contractual documents will help reduce transaction costs, and allow investment in solar PV to advance more rapidly in more markets worldwide. That is what this initiative hopes to achieve.”

“This initiative aims to create a common industry language across all the assets, contracts or markets that are needed to develop renewable energy projects,” added Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General of the Terrawatt Initiative. “This will help quickly increase investment to the levels required to achieve global sustainable development and climate goals.”

The Initiative will bring together public and private sector stakeholders to define and agree on a standard template for solar project documents that are effective and acceptable by finance institutions.

The first meeting of the Initiative will be held today, on the sidelines of Intersolar Europe in Munich, with stakeholders including Agence Française de Développement, Chadbourne & Parks, CITI, the Climate Bonds Initiative, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Eversheds, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Global Solar Power, Herbert Smiths Freehills, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simmons & Simmons, Trilegal, the United Nations Development Programme, and Watson Farley & Williams.

The initiative aims to share templates and standard documentation by COP 22 in November 2016.

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA is mandated to be the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 148 Members (147 States and the European Union). Roughly 28 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Contact information:
Hillary McBride, Communications Officer, IRENA,
M: +971 56 410 3572

About the Terrawatt Initiative
The Terrawatt Initiative is a global private sector non-profit organisation, launched at COP21, which aims to: promote competitive solar power as a decisive tool to address power needs, sustainable development goals and climate change; engage in dialogue with the Governments and International Organisations to achieve at-scale design and fast implementation of a global common market of affordable solar power; and promote actual deployment of affordable capital in solar power generation assets at the trillion USD scale.

Contact information:
Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General, Terrawatt Initiative,
+336 7272 4756