Removal of Barriers to Rural Electrification with Renewable Energy

Project Summary

There are an estimated 170,000 unelectrified households in Chile's rural areas. Since many of these households are in isolated areas, beyond the cost-effective reach of the electricity grid, community or individual systems will be necessary to electrify them. While gasoline and diesel generators are traditional options for electrifying isolated areas, renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaics, wind and hydro, could be less costly in certain locations. Several barriers are impending the selection of renewable energy technologies for the electrification of Chile's isolated households. The government of Chile plans to implement a comprehensive project to remove these barriers and thereby make renewable energy technologies viable and practical options for rural electrification.

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
National Energy Commision
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
82,400 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,984,900 USD
Co-financing Total
26,330,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 32,397,300.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
27 Jun 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
05 Apr 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
28 Jun 2001
Project closed
01 Mar 2012