Rural Energy

Project Summary

The key development objective of the Learning and Innovation Loan is to support the Government in implementing its strategy for increasing access to electricity in rural and peri-urban and in promoting the adoption of Renewable Energy Technologies (RET). The project’s global environment objective is to remove barriers to application, implementation and dissemination of RET. Removal of barriers will make it attractive for the private sector to start investing in decentralized rural electrification schemes, and operate these on a fully commercial basis. Specifically, the Project would (i) address access to finance problems related to increased initial transaction costs and risks of RET; (ii) reduce greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions in the order of 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide through the substitution of RET for candles, kerosene for lighting and other applications. About 80,000 tons would be abated by investments directly sponsored by the proposed intervention. Abatement of another 120,000 tons is to be expected by replication in the target market segment, and (iii) reduce initial high transaction costs that result from lack of market knowledge, small market size, and dispersed consumer base. It is expected that by completion, the Project would have demonstrated RET to be viable business opportunity in rural Guinea.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Bureau d'Electrification Decentralise
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
2,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
15,000,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
573,000 USD
Total Cost 17,000,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
01 Dec 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
19 Sep 2001
Project closed
20 Feb 2014