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Our flagship initiatives

Derisking Renewable Energy Investments Framework

Derisking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) introduces an innovative, quantitative framework to assist policymakers in developing countries to cost-effectively promote and scale-up private sector investment in renewable energy. 

The DREI framework systematically identifies the barriers and associated risks which can hold back private sector investment in renewable energy. It then assists policymakers to put in place packages of targeted public interventions to address these risks. Each public intervention acts in one of three ways: either reducing, transferring or compensating for risk. The overall aim is to cost-effectively achieve a risk-return profile that catalyses private sector investment at scale.  The end result is reliable, clean and affordable energy solutions in developing countries. 

The DREI framework consists of a suite of publicly-available methodologies, financial tools/models and resources. Current renewable energy sectors covered by the DREI framework are (i) utility-scale, (ii) on-grid rooftop PV, (iii) off-grid mini-grids, and (iv) solar home systems. 

The DREI framework periodically publishes key reports, summarizing important developments in the framework. 

DREI Country Applications

DREI Resources and Tools

UNDP, collaborating with its partners, is continually further developing and refining the DREI framework. The following resources and materials are currently available: