PFAN screens business plans, selects the most economically viable and environmentally beneficial projects, and provides multiple rounds of coaching and guidance before projects are presented to investors. PFAN is now working with more than 500 clean energy projects across Asia, Africa, Latin America and CIS & Central Asia. Globally, PFAN has raised over USD 1.25 billion of investment for 102 clean energy projects and contributed to the avoidance of 3.3 million tonnes of CO2e emissions p.a.
PFAN is constantly expanding its Network of specialist clean energy and financing consultants and advisors to scale up its activities. Consultant Members of the Network can:
- – introduce projects for consideration for induction to the development pipeline;
- – be contracted to provide financing advisory services to selected PFAN development pipeline and financing forum projects, helping them achieve financial closure;
- – access the global network of investors and consultants;
- – participate in PFAN events.
Membership of the Network is free and open to all applicants (especially consultants based in regions and countries of PFAN operations) who can demonstrate a track record in raising finance for clean energy and climate change projects, but is subject to a rigorous screening and vetting process.
Please note that though many of our members are contracted regularly to coach PFAN projects, we cannot guarantee that membership of the PFAN Network will lead to assignments.
Detailed Membership Information
The PFAN Mandate – What are we looking for?
PFAN is interested in strengthening its Network globally by attracting strong independent experts (both companies and individuals) in the field of financing and investment for clean energy and climate change. PFAN’s main objectives are to bridge the investment gap between investors and entrepreneurs and project developers by facilitating investment into promising clean energy and climate change projects. By doing so we seek to accelerate technology transfer and diffusion under the UNFCCC, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and promote low-carbon, sustainable economic development.
Key criteria for selection are:
- – Alignment of expertise with the PFAN mandate;
- – Expertise in project coaching and investment facilitation in emerging economies -and developing countries;
- – Alignment of activities with the PFAN Charter (§4);
- – Proximity of location to the markets PFAN serves.
PFAN Operations – Where do we work?
PFAN’s network of experts operates in different regions across the globe, including, but not limited to:
China, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan.
Central Asia and CIS
Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan
East Africa: Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania
West Africa: Cap Verde, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria
Southern Africa: Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America
Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Brazil
Joining the PFAN Network – What do you need to do?
Please carefully read the PFAN Charter, which outlines the regulatory and operational framework of PFAN activities and the PFAN Network. Pay special attention to Annexes 2-4:
- – Membership Accession Letter (Annex 2 to PFAN Charter)
- – Development Framework (Annex 3 to PFAN Charter)
- – General Terms and Conditions for PFAN Agreements on Consulting Services (Annex 4 to PFAN Charter)
With the Accession Letter (download here in .docx format) you will confirm your alignment with the PFAN Charter.
To apply for Accession as a company, include the following information in your submission:
- 1. A Corporate Profile or Presentation of your company, specifying your activities, company size, geographical coverage, track record, reporting accounts, financial information, and similar contingent upon domestic laws pertaining to the maintenance of records and bookkeeping requirements. This can be in any appropriate form and you are welcome to use existing corporate presentations.
- 2. A CV of the main contact person
- 3. A short description (2-3 lines) of your company
- 4. An official Logo of your company in any of the available web-compatible graphic formats, for inclusion in the members section of our Website
- 5. The duly signed Accession Letter completed on your company’s letterhead
To apply for Accession as an individual, include the following information in your submission:
- 1. Your full CV and/or Biography
- 2. A short description of your current professional activity and/or a profile/presentation of the company of your current employment (if applicable)
- 3. The duly signed Accession Letter completed with your personal letterhead
From the point-of-view of acquired rights, duties & benefits according to the PFAN Charter, there is no difference between personal membership and corporate membership. In the case of a company’s membership, the Charter has to be internally approved by the appropriate management instance (eg. the Board) and the Accession Letter will need to be legally signed on behalf of the company by an appropriately approved management instance or duly appointed and approved representative of the management. However, from the financial perspective, all the payments within the PFAN framework will have to be executed to the listed PFAN member. It means that payments will be made to you, in case of your personal membership, or to your company’s account, if your company becomes a PFAN member.
All the above files and documents can be executed digitally. No hard copies are required.
Submitting your application for Accession – Whom do you need to contact?
To complete your accession application, submit the complete submission and supporting documents to the PFAN Project Officer:
Colin Brouillard – firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive a confirmation of receipt after your submission.
PFAN Accession Acceptance / Declination – What happens next?
After the PFAN Project Officer reviews the completeness of your submission, the Global Coordinator may approach you to assess your compatibility and evaluate your potential role in the network in line with PFAN’s core activities and mission. In case of a successful application, you will receive the confirmation of your Network Membership through the fully signed Accession Letter, by yourself and the PFAN Global Coordinator, submitted to by the PFAN Project Officer.
The Accession Letter will allow you to engage with PFAN by providing PFAN services to project developers and attracting private investors from your or the Coordinator’s network. A successful Network Accession does not automatically entitle you to assignments. Your services will be contracted based on project demand and resource availability in accordance with the project’s development needs. With each allotted assignment, a PFAN Coaching Contract Service Order will be signed and the Terms of References will be negotiated with each project developer accordingly. Your assignment will be linked to deliverables as outlined in the Development Framework. PFAN does not pay retainers and does not contract on a time rate basis.
Current calls for proposals and upcoming Investor Forum events are listed below:
PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready, benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. This is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline.
The coaching support provided through the PFAN Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia will help entrepreneurs develop and refine a financially viable and socially and environmentally sustainable business plan, to be employed in subsequent investor outreach. After completing the coaching phase, the projects will receive assistance in terms of financial mobilisation, deal making facilitation and other follow-up support.
The eligible countries for this request for proposals can be found in Annex 1 of the Prospectus for this Project Development and Financing Initiative.
Focus of the Request for Proposal
The project/business must promote or use clean energy and/or climate resilience technologies, products or services, including, but not limited to the following technology areas:
Submission of Applications and Supporting Material
All submissions are to be made online through PFAN’s Climate-Invest Management system. Applications submitted via email cannot be considered.
In order to be considered, applicants must complete the following 3 steps:
- Registration through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
- Completion of the online Application Form in the PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
- Submission of a Project Proposal and supporting documents through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System.
More detailed information about the process can be found in the Prospectus of the Call for Proposals.
Please note the project proposal document to be uploaded should be in MS Word format, and should not exceed 20 pages including the cover page, contents, charts, and tables. Shorter documents are preferable to longer ones. Page setup, spacing, font size and type face are at your discretion but the document should be reader friendly. A maximum of 3 annexes may be used to provide additional information (e.g. the cash flow model in MS Excel format) provided that these do not exceed a further 10 pages of written information or the combined data volume limit. The total data volume of all files submitted to PFAN should not exceed 20 MB. PFAN reserves the right to not evaluate any proposals which exceed the data limit or the page limit.
To start, please register and then log in to the Climate Invest system using the buttons below.
Participants selected to advance into the next round will be notified in due course depending on the evaluation cycle, ranging from 3 to 6 months. Once a project is selected, it will receive coaching from professional experts
Disclaimer: PFAN uses Climate-Invest, a grant management portal, to manage the PFAN project pipeline. However, PFAN does not provide any form of grant and offers technical assistance only.
Selected projects will be assigned a coach according to their needs and requirements. They will receive the following PFAN services:
Coaching will be provided by industry experts, consultants, advisors, as well as other members of the PFAN Network. The nominated coaches have extensive experience in providing advisory services to clean energy businesses across the globe.
For more information, please see the
We look forward to receiving your submission!
PFAN is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).
For more information, please see the following resources:
- Clean Transport
- Energy Access