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Detail of GEF Project #1209

GEF Project ID1209
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameRural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date2001-02-15
PDF-B Approval Date2001-09-28
Approval Date2001-12-07
CEO Endorsement Date2002-05-29
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-06-05
Project Completion Date2009-12-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyRural Electrification Board (REB) and Infrastructure Development Company (IDCOL)
DescriptionThis project promotes solar energy in rural areas implemented by successful and well established Bangladeshi institutions. These include, rural electricity cooperatives, community-based organizations, NGOs, microfinance institutions and the private sector. The project provides a package of interventions to support these institutions in overcoming key market barriers: a) increasing awareness of SHS among consumers and providers; b) building technical and management capacity to design, implement and evaluate SHS programs; c) providing technical and business development support to implementing institutions; d) introducing standards and programs for testing and certification, e) financing grants to buy-down capital costs and increase affordability of SHS; f) promoting electricity as a means for income generation and social wellness; and g) identifying mechanisms to promote sustainability and replicability. Multiple approaches to SHS delivery are being proposed, including a “fee-for-service” program through rural electricity cooperatives, purchase supported by micro-credit through NGOs and microfinance lenders, and hire-purchase/direct sale programs by private dealers and NGOs.
Implementation StatusThe SHS program continues to expand. Over 40, 000 systems have been installed in two years that proving that SHS is an effective method for supplying energy to rural dispersed communities. To support this development, funds have been re-allocated from the "unallocated" category to support 20,000 additional units. In terms of other renewable projects, IDCOL has finalized evaluation offers for 2 wind energy, 2 micro-hydro and 2 biomass activities. IDCOL has developed guidelines for collection and disposal of warranty expired batteries.
PDF B Amount
340,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
8,200,000 USD
GEF Grant
8,540,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
22,400,000 USD
Project Cost
30,940,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
999,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
8,200,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
25,470,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
34,010,000 USD
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