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Detail of GEF Project #424

GEF Project ID424
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameOff-grid Electrification Pilot Demonstration, A Component of the Laos Southern Provinces Rural Electrification
CountryLao PDR
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Approval Date1997-11-01
GEF Agency Approval Date1998-02-09
Project Completion Date2004-12-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyElectricite du Laos
DescriptionThis project is designed to encourage integration of renewable energy into the government’s national electrification program, and to respond to Operational Program No.6, promoting adoption of renewable energy by removing barriers and reducing implementation costs. The pilot renewable energy schemes include six micro-hydro installations and 20 solar battery charging stations.
Implementation StatusProgress has been steady but slower than expected in the last months. The number of subscribers stand now at 4710 with 136 villages. Those operational stand at 3351 with 98 villages. SHS installations dominate the choice of technologies, with village hydro and gensets lagging behind. One factor is the preference of ESCOs for SHS installations. A financial analysis suggests that the return to ESCOs from SHS installations are almost three times those for other technologies, while the investment and operating risks are lower. The original selection of provinces for inclusion in the project were in the drier and sunnier parts of the country favoring SHS use. There has also been a history of unreliable hydro and diesel-based off-grid gensets.
GEF Project Grant
744,000 USD
GEF Grant
744,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
812,000 USD
Project Cost
1,556,000 USD
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