FINCORP Finances First Solar Power Generation Projects

As part of its portfolio diversification strategy, Eswatini Development Finance Corporation (FINCORP) has announced the successful financing of the first four solar power generation projects.

This groundbreaking initiative comes in response to the escalating electricity costs and the persistent threat of load shedding, driven by the ongoing energy crisis in South Africa.

Under the visionary leadership of  the Board Chairman, Meshack Kunene, who assumed the role of FINCORP Board Chairman in August 2022, these solar power projects have already demonstrated their potential to enhance the financial-economic viability of the businesses they support. Kunene, a former Managing Director of the Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) and a highly esteemed engineer with extensive experience in power generation and distribution, with support from the board and management has come handy in driving this transformative endeavour.

In the recently released 2023 Annual Report, Kunene expressed his enthusiasm for expanding such projects in collaboration with external funders, including the European Investment Bank (EIB). 

“The solar projects have already resulted in improved financial and economic viability of the financed business. We are looking forward to rolling out similar projects in partnership with some of our external funders such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), which has prioritized clean and renewable energy generation,” Kunene said.

With a total investment of E6.6 million, FINCORP has successfully facilitated the development of solar power generation projects with a combined capacity of 200 KW. However, due to ongoing regulatory processes being finalized with the regulator and utility company, the clients have not yet commenced supplying energy to the national grid.

“Once this is concluded, it will greatly benefit the clients and the nation at large as they will supply the grid as well,” reads the report.

FINCORP Group Managing Director, Dumisani Msibi  assured the company’s stakeholders that they remain optimistic about the prospects of the business.

“We anticipate continued growth and expansion driven by our unwavering dedication to supporting small businesses across the length and breadth of the Kingdom of Eswatini,” he said.

“We commit to remaining agile, adaptive to market changes; and most importantly embracing technology in terms of service delivery; and refining our strategies to better serve our customers,” he added.

By spearheading the financing of solar power generation projects, the organization is leading the way towards a greener and more resilient future for the country. 

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