Mali solar rural electrification project

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.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


15 Sep 2017 - 532 days

Concept note received

15 Sep 2017

Funding proposal received

25 Jun 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

29 Nov 2018

Cleared by iTAP

28 Jan 2019


28 Feb 2019 - 610 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

28 Feb 2019

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

22 Jun 2019

FAA executed

19 Dec 2019

Under implementation


01 Jul 2023

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 28,546,332
GrantUSD 1,933,259


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 9,722,529

GCF Contacts

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GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6157
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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (West African Development Bank)

Mr. Almamy Mbengue
Director of Environment and Climate Finance (DEFIC)
68, Av de La Liberation, BP 1172, Lome, Togo
Phone 228-99868660
Phone 228-22232524
Ms. Fatoumata Toure ep. Sangare
68, Av de La Liberation, BP 1172, Lome, Togo

National Designated Authority


The Environment and Sustainable Development Agency

Mr Boureima Camara
Director General of the Environment and Sustainable Development Agency
Cite Administrative – Batiment No. 7 – BP: 1634, Bamako, Mali
Phone (+223) 66 80 57 56

News + Stories

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.