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IFC Supports Renewable Energy through BRL 150 Million Equity Investment in Brazil’s CPFL Renováveis

In São Paulo :
Patricia Carvalho, IFC
Phone : 55 11 5185-6873
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São Paulo, Brazil, July 23, 2013 - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announces a BRL 150 million (equivalent to approximately $68 million) equity investment in CPFL Renováveis, the leading Brazilian renewable energy generation company, as part of its Initial Public Offering (IPO). Proceeds from the primary offer of shares will be used to fund the development and construction of renewable energy projects and for potential acquisitions of projects generating electricity from alternative sources, such as wind, small hydros and biomass.

A sound energy sector is critical to Brazil’s sustainable economic growth. Investments in renewable energy are a key development priority for IFC, as they help diversify Brazil’s energy matrix, create jobs, and contribute to the economic development specially in the Northeast region. IFC’s investment in CPFL Renováveis will enhance Brazil’s climate change resilience while helping to catalyze other private sector investments in frontier regions, which are another strategic priority for IFC in Brazil.

“Brazil has a large, untapped potential of alternative sources of renewable energy which can help meet rising energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuel based sources and contributing to a low carbon future,” said Loy Pires, Senior Country Manager for Brazil. “IFC is pleased to support CPFL Renováveis in this critical stage in its growth and at a time when market conditions for raising capital are challenging”, he adds.

IFC’s strategy in Brazil is focused on improving the country’s competitiveness, supporting job creation, infrastructure development and access to financial services for underserved sectors. IFC’s environmental and social standards aim to support sustainable development in various industries in Brazil. IFC’s new investments in the last 12 months in Brazil, including syndications, amount to $2.0 billion, making Brazil the biggest investment destination for IFC for the second year running.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit

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