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Greenlight Planet raises $90 million to bring off-grid solar to new energy users

ImpactAlpha, September 22 – Africa and Asia’s off-grid solar sector has been on an upmarket march in recent years, shifting away from individual households to small commercial or community solar users. But a new $90 million funding round for Greenlight Planet signals that investors are still committed to emerging markets’ first-time and low-income solar energy consumers. 

How a mandate for impact in emerging markets helped the IFC outperform the S&P 500

Investors often meet skepticism when they say that they can make money while doing good. A new analysis of every equity investment International Finance Corporation has ever made validates this notion, especially when capital is scarce. IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, is one of the longest-standing equity investors in emerging markets

Aligned closes $1 billion sustainability-linked credit to green data centers

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Data centers are consuming huge amounts of electricity. Dallas-based Aligned uses energy-efficient cooling systems and has committed to 100% renewable energy for its facilities.  A $1 billion credit facility to support Aligned’s sustainability goals, structured by ING Capital, will reward the company with a reduced interest rate if it hits impact

Mexico issues $890 million Sustainable Development Goal bond

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 16 – Mexico has issued a $890 million Sustainable Development Goal bond. Proceeds from the seven-year bond will target vulnerable populations across Mexico, with a city-level focus, covering SDGs for hunger, health, education, work and infrastructure. The issuance is the first sovereign SDG bond, according to the U.N. United Nations Development Programme. “This

Food startups NotCo and Climax Foods raise financing for plant-based alternatives

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Chile-based NotCo uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify plant-based proteins as substitutes for animal-based food products. NotCo secured $85 million to expand its alt-meat and dairy product line to the U.S.  The company raised $30 million last year for its line of plant-based mayonnaise and ice cream.  Meanwhile, San

Lumos clinches $35 million from DFC to expand energy access in Nigeria

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Netherlands-based Lumos sells solar systems to West African businesses and households that lack reliable access to energy. Lumos sells 80-watt and 160-watt systems on a pay-as-you-go basis through partnerships with mobile operators like MTN.  An investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. aims to help Lumos produce and sell 160,000