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Public Finance Mechanisms to Catalyze Sustainable Energy Sector Growth


United Nations

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy


Sandra Makinson

Andrew Smith

Allison Schumacher


1 January 2005

This report provides policymakers and public finance agencies with a guide that traces the investment stages of sustainable energy technology innovation. It focuses on public finance mechanisms that support the sustainable energy industry by filling the financing gaps a technology encounters as it proceeds from research and development through to commercialization and full-scale deployment. Gaps may vary, depending on the regulatory environment, developed or developing country contexts, or current clean energy market trends. Chapters focus on topics such as technology innovation, project development, financing for small and medium enterprises, end-user finance, and successful models.