A second EUR 60 million facility, the Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Credit Line, will provide loans to companies and households through the banking sector, up to a maximum EUR 2 million. Both funds provide tailor-made financing and assistance from technical consultants to help develop projects. The financing includes incentive payments rewarding reductions in greenhouse gases.
Grant support for the credit lines are being provided by the European Commission, the Western Balkans Multi-Donor Fund and the EBRD's Shareholders Special Fund. The first EUR 10 million loan in Serbia has been signed with Banca Intesa Belgrade, backed by EUR 13.5 million of EU grant funding to be used to kick-start investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Technical assistance to help end-borrowers prepare eligible projects will be funded by a EUR 2.5 million grant from the EBRD Western Balkans Multi-Donor Fund, part of the EUR 110 million total. Hopes are that the new EU/EBRD Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Credit Line will repeat the success of similar arrangements in Bulgaria and Romania. Per capita energy consumption in the Western Balkans is up to 2.5 times higher than the average across European countries in the OECD.