GEF Promotes Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Chad

GEF12 April 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.8 million project promoting renewable energy-based mini-grids for rural electrification and productive uses in Chad.

The project, to be implemented by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), addresses the institutional, financial, policy and regulatory framework for promoting renewable energy-based mini-grids to create a better system of renewable energy in rural areas in Chad.

Before implementation, feasibility studies will be conducted to select the most economically viable sites. It will create detailed business models and risk management mechanisms in order for renewable energy investments to be most effective. This will be followed by the construction of photovoltaic-based mini-grids and the training of local authorities and investors on how to use them. The project aims to install five pilot photovoltaic-based mini-grids of around 50 kW each, aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing access to electricity in rural areas. [Project Documents]