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Detail of GEF Project #652

GEF Project ID652
IBRD PO ID502486
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameCEPALCO Distributed Generation PV Power Plant
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program7
PDF-A Approval Date1999-02-11
Approval Date1999-05-07
CEO Endorsement Date2000-09-06
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-12-16
Project Completion Date2004-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyIFC
Executing AgencyIFC
DescriptionTo demonstrate PV’s effectiveness in addressing distribution system capacity issues, a 1 MW distributed generation PV power plant is proposed to be built and integrated into the 80 MW distribution network of the Cagayan de Oro Power & Light Company (CEPALCO), a private utility operation on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The PV system will be operated in conjunction with an existing 7 MW hydroelectric plant with dynamic load control, thereby enabling the joint PV/hydro resource to reduce both distribution level and system level demand, effectively providing “firm” generating capacity. The PV plant will also assist in postponing the need for additional substation installations in the CEPALCO distribution system for a period of up to three years. The project will thus reduce the need of CEPALCO to purchase additional quantities of thermal plant-based power, thereby reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases. However, more importantly, it is expected that this plant will provide the first, full-scale demonstration of the environmental and, ultimately, also economic benefits of the conjunctive use of hydro and PV-based power, as well as the first significant use of grid-connected PV in a developing country. If, as is expected, the large-scale introduction of this technology helps in substantially reducing PV systems’ costs, widespread applications worldwide are likely to result.
Implementation StatusIFC Management Approval received on December 16, 2002. Grant agreement between CEPALCO and IFC signed on March 11, 2003. The last disbursement for the project is outstanding, and expected to be completed before early October 2004. The plant itself has been in operation since April 2004.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,000,000 USD
GEF Grant
4,025,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
3,500,000 USD
Project Cost
7,525,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
4,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
1,775,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
5,800,000 USD
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