Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation, Part I

Project Summary

The project aims to increase the use of biomass energy sources for generating electricity for own consumption and export to the grid. It will promote combustion, gasification and cogeneration technologies using different types of captive and distributed biomass resources for electricity generation. Further, the project will induce investments in the three identified major biomass power sectors: cooperative sugar mills; agro- processors and biomass producers; and distributed or decentralized biomass. The project strategy seeks to utilize technical assistance and investment risk mitigation support to remove the identified barriers and promote investments in biomass power generation. It will focus invetsment activities on select States with appropriate regulatory framework and RE policy. TA activities will reach out to a wider set of States to improve the investment environment in these States.Part I of the project will focus on providing technical assistance to remove the identified barriers and implementing 7 model investment projects to demonstrate the use of biomass in those applications with the greatest potential for replication. Part II will focus on providing support for risk mitigation to stimulate further replication investments across the targeted sectors and States.

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
Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
5,650,000 USD
Co-financing Total
33,500,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 39,150,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
01 Oct 2001
Concept Approved
01 Oct 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
13 Jan 2005
Project closed
31 Mar 2012