IRENA typically receives and reviews around 100 applications for funding to the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility in each cycle. Since 2014, ADFD has selected 21 renewable energy projects for funding in 20 different countries. ADFD has allocated USD 214 million in concessional loans to these projects, which has attracted a further USD 420 million in co-financing from other sources including governments, the private sector and other development funds.
This project, put forward by the Central Electricity Board will install grid-tied solar PV systems on the rooftops of low-income households. An estimated 30,000 people will benefit from the jobs created, significant electricity bill savings, and wider improvements in energy security of the country.
This project is a joint venture between Ignite Power and Government of Rwanda to distribute and install 500,000 solar home systems through an affordable payment scheme. An estimated 2.5 million people will benefit from health and education improvements, access to financial services and over 2,000 local job opportunities, half of which will be for women.
This project will install solar PV mini-grids and individual solar home systems in 100 isolated villages. This project will not only enhance energy access for rural communities but will create thousands of jobs, boosting the local economy and encouraging the development of small businesses.
Solar PV mini-grids with advanced lithium-ion battery storage will be constructed on four islands. Over 16,000 people will gain access to affordable renewable energy, reducing diesel generation and encouraging economic growth. An innovative rainwater harvesting system is also proposed for one of the solar PV arrays that will provide fresh water to 15,000 people.
A solar PV plant will be integrated into an existing wind farm, demonstrating an innovative space-saving solution for the island. The project is expected to benefit the entire population, particularly impacting low income households by making energy more affordable and accessible. 300 local jobs will be created and reliance on imported fossil fuels will be significantly reduced.
A 20 MW hydropower plant will reduce the country’s dependence on expensive imported diesel and provide affordable and reliable renewable electricity to 5,000 people. The project will stimulate a considerable amount of local employment and has encouraged the participation of a wide range of community groups during the preparatory stages.
A hybrid solar PV and wind project will generate renewable energy for desalination plants, part of a wider government driven scheme to transform the water sector of Antigua and Barbuda. Hospitals and community clinics will be supported with back-up power through the provision of batteries, which will improve resilience during droughts and storms.