Four developing countries receive funding for renewable energy projects

 

Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive $44,5-million in funding.

The first project is located in Marshall Islands, where a 4,6 MW hybrid micro-grid solution using solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries to provide electricity to 16 000 people. The project will eliminate fossil fuel based generation on three outer islands and reduce it by more than a third on a fourth island.

The second project is in Niger and is for rural electrification for over 150 000 people, using 2,1 MW solar PV micro-grids and solar home kits. Drinking water supplies will improve, 100 schools will be electrified, and several thousand jobs will be created.

The Seychelles will get a government-supported solar PV utility scale project that will integrate a 5 MW solar PV plant into an existing wind farm, demonstrating an innovative space-saving solution for this small island nation. The project will reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, create almost 300 jobs, and supply renewable power to 1800 homes.

Solomon Islands is to receive a government-backed 20 MW reservoir dam and hydropower facility to diversify the country’s energy mix, provide renewable energy access to 5000 people, create around 400 jobs, and reduce CO2 emissions by 44 000 t/year.

The announcement of this fourth round of funding by the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility was made at the Seventh Session of the IRENA Assembly.

Over the last four years, the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility has identified renewable energy projects that are helping to expand access to energy, bolster energy security and provide sustainable, affordable energy. The Facility also puts an innovative process in place which supports transformational and replicable projects that can potentially bring sustainable energy to millions of people around the world.

Contact Timothy Hurst, IRENA, thurst@irena.org

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