Mali solar rural electrification project
This first phase of the project will promote rural electrification through isolated solar photovoltaic (PV) green mini-grid systems as a low-carbon and resilient solution to the effects of climate change in the energy sector of Mali.
This would be achieved by: increasing the rural population's access to electricity in 50 identified communities by (a) switching energy demand from diesel generators, kerosene lamps, paraffin candles and other emitting sources; and (b) by installing 4.83 megawatts of isolated solar PV mini-grid systems. In addition this project will strengthen the capacity of public institutions engaged in rural electrification; catalyse the development of an efficient solar market that will enable Mali to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets; contribute to the regulatory framework through capacity-building and putting in place an institutional framework to further promote the deployment of renewable energy; and catalyse the inclusion of the private sector in the programme through the incentivisation of workable and long-term operation and maintenance concessions.
This project has an estimated lifespan of 25 years.
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GCF scaling-up clean energy access through solar based mini-grids in Mali
23 Apr 2019 / Mali is a landlocked country in the Sahel belt of West Africa where 80% of the population in the rural areas do not have access to electricity, while those with access are getting most of the electricity from diesel generators. The country’s primary electricity grid is dominated by hydro and thermal generation, with an increasing share of fossil fuel in the generation mix. Despite the immense potential of solar resources in the country, it represents only 3% of the country’s installed capacity.