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Detail of GEF Project #1361

GEF Project ID1361
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameGeneration and Delivery of Renewable Energy Based Modern Energy Services in Cuba; the case of Isla de la Juventud
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date2001-08-01
PDF-B Approval Date2001-08-01
Approval Date2003-11-21
CEO Endorsement Date2005-03-21
GEF Agency Approval Date2005-06-23
Project Completion Date2011-12-01
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUNIDO, GEPROP, Campania Fiduciaria
DescriptionAt pipeline entry: Pilot projects for repowering diesel mini-grids with biomass (primarily from citrus fruit) will be conducted on the Isla de la Juventud, followed by replication to the Cuban mainland and the Caribbean region. Other renewable energy sources besides biomass may comprise part of the project. At WP entry: Capacity building measures on a national and local level should create the enabling environment for large private sector involvement into renewable energy supply in Cuba. They are accompanied by the demonstration of business models for renewable energy services and sustainable wood fuel production. Including one demonstration wind project.
Implementation StatusThe project has been initiated and technical capacity building activities are taking place. Study tours and training workshops have been held to sensitize policy makers and experts on new biomass and wind technologies that will be introduced in Cuba. ADEME, a French agency dealing with financing of renewable energy projects has begun collaborating with the project team to enhance local capacities to set up a Risk and Replication Fund envisaged under the project. The biomass technology implementation is starting with a small test unit at 50 kW that can also later be used to cofuel the diesel distributed generation capacity in Cuba. The Cuban government has installed 1.5 MW of wind power (10\% of total diesel capacity) on the island already and it is now being commissioned. Expansion of wind power on the island is being pursued.
PDF B Amount
325,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,337,000 USD
GEF Grant
5,662,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
10,504,000 USD
Project Cost
16,166,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
5,337,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
10,704,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
16,366,000 USD
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