The Ideas

The ideas featured on this page have been shortlisted as the most promising transformative green finance instruments from hundreds of submissions via an open call for ideas. At the beginning of each Lab cycle, Lab Members vote on the top several shortlisted ideas to move into development, benefiting from guidance from Lab Members and expert working groups, as well as from in-depth analysis provided by the Lab Secretariat. Depending on their development, at the end of each cycle, several instruments are endorsed by the Lab for launch and piloting. For more details about the Lab’s approach, visit how it works.

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

A business model to provide resources and technical assistance to intensify and increase cattle production in Brazil, while also restoring degraded pastures and forests, and decreasing deforestation

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

A fund that blends commercial and catalytic finance to invest growth equity in companies to accelerate the diffusion of climate intelligence products and resilience building solutions

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

A mechanism for restoration and conservation of cloud forests in Latin America, which can improve the productivity of hydroelectric plants

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

An instrument to package and securitize the cashflows of renewable energy projects and sell shares in local capital markets, providing long-term finance for projects in Brazil

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

An instrument to finance distributed renewable energy systems in agricultural and transport cooperatives, which can help Brazil increase its share of renewables in its power supply and mitigate its carbon emissions

Endorsed 2016 - 2017

An innovative options mechanism to dramatically reduce risk and drive large amounts of private institutional investment into early-stage renewable energy development in emerging markets

In Development 2016 - 2017

A solar-specific investment trust to mobilize capital to the rooftop solar sector in India

In Development 2016 - 2017

A class of bonds to drive impact investment to sustainable energy in India by offering debt exposure, sufficient returns, and standardized impact measures

In Development 2016 - 2017

A platform to drive needed private capital to sustainable urbanization projects in India by connecting investors and municipalities with a pipeline of investment opportunities

Fire Winner 2016 - 2017

A new asset facility to back a global fleet of moveable, megawatt-scale solar farms and aims to deploy 10 MW of solar power in the first year

Fire Winner 2016 - 2017

A lease financing model to lower the up-front costs of Proterra’s award winning electric buses, making them price-competitive with fossil fuel-powered buses from day one

Fire Finalist 2016 - 2017

An enterprise to use solar off-grid systems for agro-processing in villages, to replace diesel-fueled mills or manual work by women

Fire Finalist 2016 - 2017

An online clean energy project financing platform that aims to double the percentage of mid-sized projects that get financed from 5 to 10% by reducing transaction costs and matching projects directly with profiled investors

Shortlisted 2015 - 2016

Insurance to reduce the cost and increase the amount of long-term debt to the utility-scale renewable energy sector by transferring the risk of revenue uncertainty from banks to insurers, through a blending of commercial and donor capital

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A facility to drive capital at a lower cost for financing rooftop solar projects in India, by providing long term financing through securitization

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A hedging facility to facilitate large-scale foreign investment into renewable energy in India by providing a cheaper currency hedging solution

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A peer to peer lending platform to help SMEs operating in renewable energy and energy efficiency in India raise debt finance

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

The Water Financing Facility mobilizes domestic investment into climate compatible water sector projects through the local bond market.

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A platform to bring together the tools, actors, and finance necessary to help lenders incorporate climate risk in their loan portfolios while incentivizing the adoption of climate-smart farming methods by smallholders.

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A platform to provide open access to data and open source modeling tools that enable risk assessments as well as the transparent evaluation of economic and financial losses associated with extreme climate-related events.

Endorsed 2015 - 2016

A private equity fund that relies on donor-backed equity capital, technical assistance, and risk mitigation instruments to crowd in private investment in energy efficiency.

Fire Winner 2015 - 2016

An initiative to standardize the way energy efficiency projects are brought to market, increasing confidence in predicted returns and scaling up investments globally

Fire Winner 2015 - 2016

An initiative to enable better reporting and securitization of PayGo Solar, the leading business model for distributed solar energy systems

Fire Winner 2015 - 2016

An innovative renewable energy service company, building and operating a diversified portfolio of hybrid energy plants in remote areas in developing countries

Fire Finalist 2015 - 2016

An investment platform that aligns the Forest Service and utilities to share the costs and benefits of better forest management

Fire Finalist 2015 - 2016

An industry collaboration to drive scale in maritime shipping efficiency retrofit markets

Fire Winner 2015 - 2016

An initiative to deliver strong returns to investors while catalyzing significant new demand to drive green homes market growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Shortlisted 2015 - 2016

An instrument to increase investment in small-scale renewables by increasing access to long-term debt and construction finance through a discounting facility” and a mezzanine facility

Shortlisted, Fire Finalist 2015 - 2016

A revolving working-capital fund to develop bankable renewable energy and energy efficiency projects combined with early-stage venture capital

Endorsed 2014 - 2015

An instrument to provide tools to address currency and interest rate risk for climate relevant projects in developing countries

Endorsed 2014 - 2015

An instrument to insure the financial performance of energy efficiency savings projects in Mexico and other countries

Endorsed 2014 - 2015

A financing facility for early-stage development, construction financing, and refinancing to fast-track renewable energy projects in developing countries

Endorsed 2014 - 2015

A facility to provide farmers with know-how and finance for climate-resilient investments, by enabling development banks to partner with agribusiness corporations who empower farmers within their supply chains

Shortlisted 2014 - 2015

A platform to facilitate institutional investment in renewable energy projects, aiming to increase the scale of available financing and to reduce its costs

Shortlisted 2014 - 2015

A fund to lend to energy service providers of prepaid solar home system products and services, providing the necessary working capital to expand energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa