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Detail of GEF Project #632

GEF Project ID632
UNDP PMIS ID995
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameRenewable Energy Hybrid Power Systems
CountryFiji
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
PDF-A Approval Date1998-08-13
Approval Date1999-02-24
GEF Agency Approval Date2000-06-08
Project StatusUnder Implementation
GEF AgencyUNDP
Executing AgencyFiji Department of Energy
DescriptionThis project is intended to set up a commercial Rural Energy Service Company (ESCO) that charges a fee for the electricity supplied to the consumers as a sustainable institutional framework to operate the renewable energy system in Nabouwalu, for replication in other parts of Fiji. The commercial operation of the renewable-energy-based Rural ESCO is expected to reduce the operation and maintenance costs, mobilize more funding for rural electrification, thereby promoting widespread utilization of renewable energy in Fiji. The operational experience from Nabouwalu renewable energy hybrid system demonstrates that such a renewable system is technically viable, and can reduce diesel consumption by 80%. However, the widespread adoption and operation of such a renewable power system is hindered by institutional, economic, financial, and informational barriers. This project, in line with GEF Operational Programmed No. 6, will remove these barriers, thereby leading to wide-scale commercial operation of renewable energy systems to replace current diesel generators in the government stations and provide electric power service to the 900 unelectrified villages. The result will be a reduction in diesel imports for rural electrification and a reduction in Fiji’s CO2 emissions.
Implementation StatusNo activities carried out this quarter. Awaiting final reports from consultant, with UNDP comments incorporated into it. As part of the supplementary activities that was carried out in late 2004, the Nabouwalu RE-Diesel Hybrid system was re-evaluated for a planned commercial RESCO operation. Department of Energy, Fiji, is in the process of incorporating the draft RESCO Bill into an overall Rural Electrification (RE) Bill. Designed for implementation specific supplementary activities to propose amendments & improvements to the RE Charter, implementing rules and regulations for the RE Bill and facilitate the enactment of the RE Bill.
PDF A Amount
14,490 USD
GEF Project Grant
740,000 USD
GEF Grant
754,490 USD
Cofinancing Total
670,000 USD
Project Cost
1,424,490 USD
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