PEG Africa secures $4m in debt capital to expand operations in Senegal

Accra-based pay-as-you-go solar company PEG Africa has secured $4-million in debt capital from a $15-million multi-currency facility led by UK development finance institution CDC Group.

The debt facility is also backed by existing lenders SunFunder and ResponsAbility.

PEG Africa explained in a statement yesterday that it will use the capital to expand operations in Senegal where it says it has thousands of customers.

PEG Africa was founded in 2013 by Hugh Whalan and Nate Heller

The firm was founded in 2013 by Hugh Whalan and Nate Heller. It currently provides 400 000 daily users in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal with credit for solar home systems via its pay-as-you-go financing model.

Whalan, the firm’s CEO, said Senegal has been growing “far quicker than expected” and has reached profitably within its first year.

“With the continued backing of CDC Group, we expect our growth in Senegal to continue. Importantly, we believe that we will be able to apply our learnings and expansion playbook to yield superior results as we grow into future markets,” he added.

Whalan said the fact the company is increasingly raising debt as opposed to equity investment, and its ability to secure multiple facilities from lenders like CDC Group, is testament to the increasing strength and the financial sustainability of its business.

Last month PEG Africa raised $5-million in debt funding from the EU-funded Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI).

In March the company raised a $25-million Series-C round which at the time it said it intended to use for off-grid solar expansion in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal (see this story).

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