Renewable Energy-based Rural Electrification

Project Summary

The project aims at reducing Lesotho’s energy-related CO2 emissions by introducing renewable energy technologies as a substitute for fossil fuel (paraffin and diesel) in rural areas remote from the national electricity grid and improving people’s livelihoods by improving their access to and affordability of modern energy services. In addition, the project will decrease the growing number of rural poor, adults and children alike, who contract respiratory and eye problems due to prolonged exposure to paraffin smoke and soot (poor indoor air quality). The activities proposed in the project are designed to remove barriers to the wide-scale utilisation of renewable energy technologies (PV, wind and mini hydro) to meet the basic electricity needs of households, small businesses and of community users like health clinics and schools, initially in the Mokhotlong district, but eventually in the whole country.

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
Government of Lesotho / Ministry of Natural Resources
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
220,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,500,000 USD
Co-financing Total
4,228,500 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 6,948,500.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
03 Mar 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
25 Aug 2000
Concept Approved
01 May 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
21 Sep 2006
Project closed
23 Jan 2014