FP096

DRC Green Mini-Grid Program

DRC Green Mini-Grid Program

The Programme will support the development of three solar green mini-grid pilot projects, each with battery storage, aggregating to a capacity of around 30 MW in three towns in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Isiro, Bumba, and Gemena, and to strengthen the enabling regulatory environment for private investment in green mini-grid projects. Key barriers to the provision of appropriate power in DRC include heavy reliance on hydropower generation, of which less than 50% is currently available for generation due to aging infrastructure and lack of maintenance, and the underdeveloped power grid which only covers the southern and the eastern region. This leaves large tracts of the country without access to energy with the result that the population has resorted to unsustainable diesel generator sets which not only poses an environmental challenge but also puts economic pressure on the country’s finances. The proposed programme will address these challenges by demonstrating the viability of mini-grids facilitated through the provision of a standardized procurement and development of an appropriate regulatory process. Successful implementation is expected to spur future development of private sector green mini-grids that not only address the country’s clean energy targets but also reduce the country’s GHG emissions from the energy sector by displacing diesel-based generation across the DRC.

Total project value

 

Tonnes of emissions avoided

 

Theme

Mitigation

Result areas

Project timeline

Pipeline

30 May 2018 - 144 days

Concept note received

30 May 2018

Funding proposal received

29 Jun 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

08 Aug 2018

Cleared by iTAP

26 Sep 2018

Approved

20 Oct 2018 - 659 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

20 Oct 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

27 Feb 2020

Under implementation

Completed

01 Jan 2024

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
USD  
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

InstrumentAmount
LoanUSD 20,000,000
GrantUSD 1,000,000

Cofinancing

CofinancerInstrumentAmount
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 32,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 20,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 15,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,000,000

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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank

Mr. Timothy Afful-Koomson
Chief Climate Finance Officer

National Designated Authority

Democratic Republic of the Congo

National Coordination of the Green Climate Fund

Mr. Hans Djamba
Coordinator
15, Avenue Papa Iléo (ex-des Cliniques) Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)