By Ahmed Eljechtimi
RABAT, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) plans to raise $500 million this year or next by issuing a green bond to finance renewable energy projects, the organisation's head said on Sunday.
The $8 billion fund gets most of its money from development banks and donor countries and finances more than 300 environmentally-friendly energy projects in some 72 countries.
"U.S, European and Japanese investors are interested in green bond offerings," Mafalda Duarte said in a phone interview, without giving further details on where the CIF plans to issue the green bond.
Green bonds are fixed income securities that raise capital for projects with environmental benefits.
The CIF will use the proceeds to fund projects that could range from promoting the transition to renewable energy and improving resilience to climate change to stabilising power grids amid the growing use of intermittent sources of power.
The CIF also sees opportunities in electrified transport, Mafalda said.
She also stressed the need to cut the cost of concentrated solar power technology, which uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, and to promote the integration of regional energy markets.
Such issues will be examined at a conference on Jan. 28-29 marking the CIF's tenth anniversary.
The conference will be held in the south-eastern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, where the CIF contributed $535 million to building a 580 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, the world's largest.
(Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi; Editing by Mark Potter)
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