DRC Green Mini-Grid Program

DRC Green Mini-Grid Program

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 20 Oct 2018 at B.21
  • Est. completion 11 Aug 2027
  • ESS Category Category B

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




Result areas

Project timeline


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


20 Oct 2018 - 1,392 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Oct 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

27 Feb 2020

FAA executed

19 Feb 2021

Under implementation

11 Aug 2022 - 654 days so far

FAA effective

11 Aug 2022

To be completed

11 Aug 2027 - 1,173 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing

LoanUSD 20,000,000
GrantUSD 1,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 21,000,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 32,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 20,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 15,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 68,000,000

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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank
Mr. Shakil Beedassy

Climate Finance Expert
CCIA. Rue Jean Paul 11, Plateau, 01 BP 1387 Abidjan 01., Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Phone +230 5920 8938
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National Designated Authority

Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)
National Coordination of the Green Climate Fund
Prof. Isaac KALONDA KANYAMA Primary
National Coordinator and GCF Focal Point for the Democratric Republic of the Congo
Ms. Francine KATANGA MUTANDA Secondary
Deputy GCF Coordinator