Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)

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Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS) provides a comprehensive overview of 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 term sheet preparation and development as well as using financial models and tools to assess renewable energy projects. It is also available in Spanish. The Green Energy Finance Specialist combines a 20-week online phase with an additional three-day in-person seminar in mid-September 2023. Participants can choose to attend the three-day seminar either in-person in Berlin, Germany 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 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 programme. Credits from GEFS (28 ECTS credits total) can be applied towards the Master of Science (M.Sc.). 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:

  • categorise RE and EE technologies and projects;
  • use financial models to develop term sheets for RE and EE projects;
  • compare options for international climate finance and how to access such funds;
  • interpret portfolios of RE and EE projects;
  • analyse the global and regional market development for RE and EE investments; and
  • analyse an energy efficiency project in detail, including with the use of the Energy Services Company (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-week online training phase, combined with a three-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
  • RENAC content expert and learning platform technical support
  • Moderated discussion forum for students
  • Live lectures
  • Multimedia learning materials
  • Self-assessments, assignments and final exam
  • Programme accredited by the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)
  • 28 ECTS credits towards the Master of Science in Business Management with a major in Green Energy and Climate Finance
  • RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the training
  • We offer discounts for our alumni, group bookings, and multiple purchases. 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  
01.04.23 - 30.09.23 Blended learning EN 10.04.2023 3.464,99*
01.10.23 - 31.03.24 Blended learning EN 10.10.2023 3.464,99*

* including 19 % of German VAT


Alexander Boensch, RENAC

Current position:

Since 2016, Alexander Boensch has been a project director in RENAC’s Green Banking team. Before joining the team, Alexander worked with RENAC as an external consultant providing seminars, course design concepts, and e-learning content for 8 years.

Professional experience:

Alexander is an experienced financial economist working in the banking and finance industry with a sector focus on energy since 2003. As a financial consultant for renewable energy project developers, financial investors, and public utilities, he was responsible for structured and corporate finance, risk and treasury management, capital procurement, bank marketing, and M&A activities. Alexander has been involved in renewable energy projects with an installed capacity of more than 1 GW and successfully raised capital of more than EUR 2 billion. In addition to his work in renewable energy finance consulting and training, he is a lecturer for academic courses on corporate finance, capital markets, and renewable energy economics at various academic institutions.


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


"RENAC's Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS) programme has proven to be an excellent study and networking platform for those looking to get into the renewable energy industry or to further their knowledge."
Wandile Ngema, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2022

"Very well-tailored content and case studies. A must for anyone in engineering and the finance sector who wants to be involved with green energy finance. The Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS) programme is not limited to one region or continent, but the knowledge can be applied worldwide in different green energy disciplines."
Erlet Shaqe, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2022

"The content was more than I expected and the RENAC team is incredibly supportive. I will definitely come back again to RENAC academy for other professional training."
Mohammed Sallam, Green Energy Finance Specialist, 2021

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