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Detail of GEF Project #1196

GEF Project ID1196
UNDP PMIS ID1894
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameTransformation of the Rural Photovoltaics (PV) Market
CountryTanzania
RegionAfrica
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date2000-07-27
PDF-B Approval Date2000-08-18
Approval Date2003-05-16
CEO Endorsement Date2004-02-11
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-03-04
Project Completion Date2009-03-31
Project StatusProject Completion
GEF AgencyUNDP
Executing AgencyNational Execution (NEX), Ministry of Energy and Minerals
DescriptionPromote solar home systems in the rural market through policy support, awareness raising, private sector development, and microcredit (although most systems are expected to be cash sales). No captial cost subsidies are utilitized. Project also includes social services--schools and hospitals-- and some limited productive uses.
Implementation StatusThe project aims at reducing Tanzania’s energy-related CO2 emissions by introducing photovoltaic (PV) as a substitute for fossil fuel (kerosene) utilized for lighting in the rural areas remote from the electricity grid and at slowing down the rate of additional diesel-based captive generation or grid extension schemes for providing basic electricity services to the unelectrified rural household and addressing rural poverty. The Project has contributed to the removal of taxes and VAT on all PV components. Standards and a code of practice have been approved and are in place. A Rural Energy Agency is in place and a Rural Energy Master Plan has been developed. A PV awareness seminar for key government decision makers at district level has been conducted for three regions (Kagera, Mara and Shinyanga). Thirty PV technicians have been trained in sizing, installation, repair and maintenance. A positive Mid-term Review has provided clear support and guidance for the Project.
PDF B Amount
320,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,250,000 USD
GEF Grant
2,570,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,734,070 USD
Project Cost
7,304,070 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
2,250,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
4,734,070 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
7,304,070 USD
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