LAIF invests in projects that develops sustainable energy throughout Latin America, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy). This includes a variety of projects that improve the quality energy access, and increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.
Relevant sub-sectors financed include:
Energy conservation and demand-side efficiency
All projects in support of energy demand reduction, e.g. building and industry upgrades, smart grids, metering and tariffs. Also includes efficient cook-stoves and biogas projects.
Energy generation, renewable sources - multiple technologies
Renewable energy generation programs.
Hydro-electric power plants
Including energy generating river barges.
Including photo-voltaic cells, solar thermal applications and solar heating.
Wind energy for water lifting and electric power generation.
Including ocean thermal energy conversion, tidal and wave power.
Use of geothermal energy for generating electric power or directly as heat for agriculture, etc.
Biofuel-fired power plants
Use of solids and liquids produced from biomass for direct power generation. Also includes biogases from anaerobic fermentation (e.g. landfill gas, sewage sludge gas, fermentation of energy crops and manure) and thermal processes (also known as syngas); waste-fired power plants making use of biodegradable municipal waste (household waste and waste from companies and public services that resembles household waste, collected at installations specifically designed for their disposal with recovery of combustible liquids, gases or heat).
District heating and cooling
Distribution of heat generated in a centralized location, or delivery of chilled water, for residential and commercial heating or cooling purposes.
Electric power transmission and distribution
Grid distribution from power source to end user; transmission lines. Also includes storage of energy to generate power (e.g. pumped hydro, batteries) and the extension of grid access, often to rural areas.
Energy policy, planning and administrative management
Energy sector policy, regulation, planning; aid to energy ministries; institution capacity building and advice; unspecified energy activities.