Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)

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Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS) provides comprehensive insights into the financing of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency projects (EE), particularly from the bank’s perspective. This programme prepares participants to lead and implement crucial processes in the green energy financial sector, including a term sheet development as well as the preparation of a financial model for an RE project. It combines a 20-week online course with an additional 3-day seminar. Participants can choose to attend the 3-day seminar either in-person in Berlin or virtually from anywhere in the world.

This programme covers: 

  • Fundamentals of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) technologies
  • Political and legal market frameworks
  • Project financing and project evaluation (RE and EE)
  • Financial modelling
  • International climate finance options
  • Renewable energy feasibility assessment and investment valuation

To supplement the learning experience, participants will have access to short introductory courses on energy and electricity topics. These courses are not mandatory and will not be covered in the exam.

After successful completion of the Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS) programme, participants can continue their studies by applying to the distance learning Master of Science in Business Management with a major in Green Energy and Climate Finance. Credits from GEFS can be applied towards the Master of Science. This unique opportunity is offered by RENAC in cooperation with the Berlin Professional School (BPS). BPS is part of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR). GEFS provides students with the crucial background and knowledge necessary to successfully pursue the Master of Science degree.

Receive a reminder one week before the registration deadline.

After completing this programme, participants should be able to:

  • evaluate relevant RE and EE technologies and projects;
  • use financial models and develop term sheets for RE and EE projects;
  • identify options for international climate finance and how to access such funds;
  • develop and evaluate portfolios of RE and EE projects;
  • summarise the global and regional market development for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments; and
  • appraise an energy efficiency project in detail, including under the use of the ESCO model.

Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive a RENAC Certificate.

This training is suituable for those whom:

  • want to specialise in RE and EE project financing (e.g. as credit analysts, project finance specialists, client relationship managers);
  • evaluate RE or EE projects and related credit requests; or
  • seek to establish a green energy finance or climate finance unit within an organisation.

Duration: 20-weeks online training with an additional 3-day seminar

Study time: About 220 hours

Start dates: Seminars are scheduled to take place twice a year on the first week of March and on the first week of September.

Detailed course description is available for download.

E-learning platform: Access the demo course on our e-learning platform.

Price: €3.465,00* (with 10% early bird discount)

Technical Requirements:

  • Access to a computer with reliable internet connection and a speed of at least 2 Mbit/s.
  • An e-mail account that is frequently checked.
  • A headset or speakers to listen to presentations.
  • For webinars, the AdobeConnect add-in or app should be installed.
  • Please note: to complete an assessment in Module 5, there is an additional technical requirement. You will need to use the Excel tool, RE Project Evaluator, to make calculations. This software is not compatible with Apple (MAC) computers.


Katharina Hartmann
Project Director Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Finance
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 24
Email: hartmann[at]


*incl 19 % of German VAT

Additional Information

Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)
Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)
Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)
Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)
Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)


  • Flexibility to study at any time and from any location
  • Extensive support from RENAC content experts and IT support
  • Interactive forum for students
  • Live lectures
  • Multimedia learning material
  • Self-assessments
  • Programme accredited by the Financial Accreditation Agency (FAA)
  • RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the training
  • We offer alumni, quantity, and group discounts. Contact us for further details.



Katharina Hartmann
Project Director Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Finance
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 24
Email: hartmann[at]

Available dates & times

Next Date Type of training Language Registration deadline Price € VAT Info Early bird € Valid until  
01.04.22 - 30.09.22 Blended learning EN 01.04.2022 3.465,01*
01.10.22 - 31.03.23 Blended learning EN 01.10.2022 3.465,01*

* including 19 % of German VAT


Alexander Boensch, RENAC
Current position:
Before joining RENAC’s Green Banking Team in 2016, Alexander Boensch frequently provided seminars, course design concepts and e-learning content for RENAC since 2008.

Professional experience:
Mr Boensch trained as a Financial Economist and held postgraduate positions in the banking and finance industry with a sector focus on energy for five years. Since 2003, he has been working as a Finance Consultant for renewable energy project developers, financial investors and public utilities being in charge of structured and corporate finance, risk and treasury management, procurement of capital, bank marketing and M&A activities. During the last twelve years of working in the European renewable energy industry, Mr Boensch was involved in renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of more than 750MW and successfully raised capital of approx. 1.3 billion EUR. In addition to his work in renewable energy finance consulting and training, Mr Boensch lectures on academic courses on corporate finance, capital markets and renewable energy economics at different academic institutions. He is also a member of the investment decision-making board of a well-established German investment company that exclusively funds renewable energy assets.

Alexander Boensch has a Master’s degree (M.A.) in International Economics and a degree in Business Administration, Finance and Strategic Management.


"The knowledge acquired at GEFS was more than expected. Not only did the programme share relevant information; but also, provided us with valuable tools and experienced real life case studies that empowered us to create more value."
Antoine Skayem, Mexico, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2020

"It was a very good experience!"
Pedro Jorge, Portugal, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2020

"A very informative and professional programme with dedicated staff allowing for further professional development."
Anna Klähn, Germany, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2020

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