The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is fostering energy efficiency in the residential sector of Kosovo* with an additional EUR 1 million loan to Kreditimi Rural i Kosovës (KRK), one of the strongest rural microfinance lenders in the country.
The new funding is being provided under the Kosovo* Sustainable Energy Projects Framework (KoSEP) in response to growing demand for energy efficiency financing in the country, EBRD said. The availability of medium and long-term funding to the private sector for energy efficiency and sustainable energy investments in the current market condition in Kosovo* is limited, notes the report on the bank’s website.
KoSEP is a EUR 12 million facility for on-lending to small businesses and the residential sector. The facility benefits from additional donor funding provided by Norway and the EBRD Shareholders Special Fund. KRK is located in Priština but it services the entire territory of Kosovo* through its 18 branches and 96 permanent staff.
Elena Petrovska, EBRD’s associate director and head for Kosovo*, said: „KoSEP was the first EBRD energy efficiency financing facility provided to financial institutions in the country. While the potential for energy savings is high across all the sectors in Kosovo*, the exisiting market barriers for energy efficiency investments make financing such projects difficult. We are pleased to help overcoming these challenges together with KRK.“
Lulzim Sadrija, CEO of KRK, added: „KRK has worked very closely with KoSEP to develop our energy efficiency lending capacities. We believe that KRK is now very well positioned to continue to utilise KoSEP funds in order to further support energy efficiency projects in Kosovo*“.