Renewable Energy in Rural Markets Project

Project Summary

As part of a strategic rural electrification program, the project would substitute PV, wind power and mini-hydro schemes for diesel generators where diesel would normally be the least cost alternative. The project would supply power to over 130,000 rural households and about 4,400 public services like schools, medical centers or civil service centers. It would operate to supply the dispersed rural market at the provincial level by inviting bids from private companies for concessions. Project support would also be provided to strenghten provincial regulatory authorities and ensure an appropriate incentive/enforcement framwework.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Secretariat of Energy and Ports; Provincial Governments
GEF Project Manager


Project Preparation Grant Amount
115,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
13,500,000 USD
Co-financing Total
212,100,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 225,715,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
31 Jan 1996
Concept Approved
01 Nov 1997
Project Approved for Implementation
01 Mar 1999
Project closed
30 Sep 2005