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Adrar Solar Initiative and Decentralized Electrification in the Northern Coastline of Mauritania through Hybrid (Wind/Diesel) Systems

Project Summary

The primary objective of the project is to contribute to addressing the country’s rural energy service delivery needs by increasing electricity access to the rural and low-income settlements in the ADRAR desert areas together with the northern shoreline which has an interesting economic potential. A secondary objective is to use the climate change-energy poverty reduction linkage to spearhead the fight against rural poverty in the context of an on-going energy sector restructuring exercise, which is progressing well and needs additional concrete operational successes to sustain the government’s commitment to the reforms.The project will demonstrate wind/diesel hybrid system in 7 villages along the Coast and solar systems in villages in the Adrar region, as well as strengthen the capacity of the national rural energy agency ADER.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
ADER (Rural Electrification Development Agency)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
100,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,700,000 USD
Co-financing Total
9,357,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
252,000 USD
Total Cost 12,157,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Project Cancelled
24 Jun 2010