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IFC Investment to Support the Renewable Energy Sector in MENA

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2015 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $25 million in a pioneering power company, to help develop a series of renewable energy projects in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, spurring economic growth and helping meet the growing demand for power.

IFC’s equity investment will help Alcazar Energy develop and operate renewable energy projects, with a focus on solar and wind power plants.  This will increase power generation capacity, support economic growth, and help create jobs.

“MENA’s solar potential alone is massive,” says Maroun Semaan, Alcazar Energy Co-founder and Chairman. “Enough solar energy hits the region every year to satisfy the planet’s demand for power. The investment from IFC will help tap into that potential and boost power generation across the region at more competitive costs.”

The rapid growth in electricity demand and lagging supply has resulted in power shortages across many MENA countries. According to studies, the demand for power across MENA countries will grow 84 percent by 2020. Renewable energy projects will assist in bridging this gap. It is estimated that around $280 billion of investment will be needed required in over the next five years to meet MENA’s growing electricity demand.

“Powers shortages are a key barrier to economic growth and development across the region,” says Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “By harnessing the region’s considerable renewable potential, we can increase supply of sustainable, clean energy, helping to boost economic growth and alleviate poverty.”

The initiative is part of IFC wider strategy in the region that focuses on improving the region’s infrastructure with focus on power and renewable energy projects and fostering regional integration by helping companies expand operations to different parts of the region.  

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, visit

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About Alcazar Energy
Alcazar Energy was founded in February 2014 as an independent developer and power producer focused on medium scale renewable energy projects across the META region (Middle East, Turkey and Africa). Alcazar Energy’s main role is the origination, development, structuring, acquisition and operation of renewable energy plants with a focus on wind and solar technologies.

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