Mali solar rural electrification project

Mali solar rural electrification project

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 28 Feb 2019 at B.22
  • Est. completion 10 Feb 2025
  • ESS Category Category B

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 - 714 days

Approved by GCF Board

28 Feb 2019

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

22 Jun 2019

FAA executed

19 Dec 2019

Under implementation

10 Feb 2021 - 1,260 days so far

FAA effective

10 Feb 2021

Disbursement - USD 1,142,200

22 Jun 2021

To be completed

10 Feb 2025 - 202 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 financing4% disbursed

LoanUSD 26,493,981
GrantUSD 1,794,266
Total GCF Financing
USD 28,288,248


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 9,023,523
Total Co-Financing
USD 9,023,523

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Accredited Entity

Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (West African Development Bank)
Mr. Moubarak Moukaila

Head of the Department of Environment and Climate Finance
Phone (228) 90 72 24 72
Mr. Ibrahim Traore

Head of Climate Project Development
Phone (228) 22 23 26 92
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National Designated Authority

The Environment and Sustainable Development Agency
Mr. Zantigui KONE Primary
Director General
Phone +223 78 81 08 88
Mr. Amidou GOÏTA Secondary
Head of department financial resources mobilization
Cite Administrative – Batiment No. 7 – BP: 1634, Bamako, Mali
Phone +223 71768531/66883648

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.