We support clean energy developers in emerging markets. We do this by aggregating the electricity from many small-scale projects, then offering it to global corporates as distributed energy certificates.
This in turn unlocks new financing for project developers in emerging markets.
Earn additional revenue by joining the Powertrust Network and monetizing the benefits of clean energy production
Leverage Powertrust revenue to attract additional sources of capital at more attractive terms
Powertrust helps reduce financial and operational risks
“The partnership with Powertrust helps us on cash-flow planning and is an ideal example of blended finance – making us more competitive with donors.”
Raghu, CEO, E-Hands Energy
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Are there limits on the size of projects that are eligible?+
There are no hard limits, although we prioritize projects with a nameplate capacity between 5 kWp and 5 MWp
Are there limits on the types of projects that are eligible?+
We prioritize new, unbuilt projects that create “additionality,” meaning that a D-REC purchase by Powertrust helps determine whether or not the project is viable, and therefore creates new climate and social impacts that would not have happened otherwise. We also consider existing projects in cases where ongoing viability is in question (e.g. if there is a funding gap for operations and maintenance).
Do projects have to be off-grid?+
No, both grid-tied and off-grid projects may apply. We prioritize projects that create the highest impact.
How do you define “high-impact”?+
We measure climate impact based on the fuel sources being displaced and the associated reduction in carbon emissions that a project creates. We measure social impacts that align with the UN SDGs. A “high-impact” project is one that is clearly addressing multiple SDGs beyond SDG7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG13 (climate action) — e.g. a rural mini-grid that is displacing diesel generators while providing energy access to a disadvantaged community for the first time, while also powering a school or a hospital. This is just one example. We consider a wide range of impacts, and we prioritize project developers who can demonstrate they work with the communities they serve to identify the impacts that matter most to the community.
Are there any specific criteria that a project must meet to qualify?+
Yes — applicants must have the legal right to monetize the environmental attributes that their projects create. They must also be able to provide daily power generation output data and submit it to Powertrust at least once per week. We prioritize real-time data access via API, but will work with you in situations with poor connectivity (e.g. remote, rural projects).
How do you handle payments?+
We monitor power generation data and generate certificates in real-time, or as close to real-time as possible. We process payments for most certificates quarterly. We are exploring pre-payment options that can provide upfront financing for new-build projects.
How do you determine price and contract length?+
Prices and contract terms will vary between specific Powertrust Purchase Programs. In general, we target 5-8 year contract lengths. Prices will depend on the type of project and the associated impacts — an existing C&I project on a factory rooftop will command a lower price than a new-build mini-grid serving a rural hospital, for example.