Renewable Energy for Rural Economic Development

Project Summary

This project represents a second, follow-on project to the first Energy Services Delivery project. That first project, to close in December 2002, targeted solar home systems, grid-based small hydro, small hydro village mini-grids, and energy efficiency, and has been one of the most successful projects in the GEF portfolio to date. This second project continues to expand markets for solar home systems and grid-based power generation, adds biomass and wind technologies for village mini-grids, emphasizes new approaches to income generation and social services ("cross-sectoral applications"), explicitly targets poverty reduction, and supports policy frameworks for energy efficiency and DSM. Total project $133 m. IDA $75 m., GEF $8 m., other cofinancing $50 m (private investors, banks, community borrowers) [updated June 6, 2002].

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Sri Lanka
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
8,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
125,800,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
990,000 USD
Total Cost 133,800,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
01 May 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
06 Jun 2002
Project closed
31 Dec 2011