National Off-grid Electrification Programme Based on Renewable Energy Sources, Phase I

Project Summary

The PDF will identify, evaluate and design meaningful avenues to reduce/remove financial, institutional, technical and human resources barriers related to renewable energy based off-grid rural electrification.The overall objective is to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) by promoting the use of decentralized renewable energy systems in areas isolated from the National Interconnected System (SNI) of Costa Rica. The project will help remove existing barriers that prevent the utilization of renewable energy sources in remote rural areas that are inaccessible through conventional grid extensions. This will be achieved in two phases. Phase I will focus on the creation of a systematic approach within the Costa Rican energy sector to rural electrification with renewable energy. This will include the creation of an institutional, financial, and regulatory environment supportive of renewable energy. Phase II will focus on the implementation of this approach by including renewable energy projects within the national initiative to reach all Costa Rican households with modern sources of electricity. As a result, it is expected that 329 communities will receive electricity through either micro-hydro or photovoltaic systems, reducing CO2 emissions by estimated 210 thousand tons over the project lifetime.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Costa Rica
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Energía (MIN)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
165,624 USD
GEF Project Grant
981,530 USD
Co-financing Total
945,824 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 2,092,978.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
19 Dec 1998
Concept Approved
01 Oct 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
05 Oct 2004
Project closed
31 Jul 2010