Global Environment Facility (GEF)(2000) Solar PV Portfolio: Emerging Experience and Lessons

Photovoltaics (PV) already provide electricity to an estimated 500,000 to 1 million rural households in developing countries who lack access to electricity grids. Worldwide, two billion people lack access to electricity, so the potential for continued application of PV is large, with resultant economic, local environmental, and global environmental benefits.Since 1991, the GEF has provided grant financing for 23 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in 20 countries. In addition, four more projects are under preparation in the pipeline. Though specific objectives vary, the projects, in general, are aimed at stimulating and achieving commercialization of solar PV systems for rural households.

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Renewable energy

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Renewable Energy

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East Asia and Pacific

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Program Performance Evaluation



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Eric Martinot, et al.

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