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Kosovo: Loan and Grant Funding of Sustainable Energy Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2014
KosovoBy declaring independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo became Europe´s youngest nation. The good news from the small country in the central Balkans with its 1.8 million inhabitants is that there have not been any major clashes between Kosovar Albanians and Serbians lately. Still, Kosovo faces plenty of severe challenges, such as a skyrocketing unemployment rate and an environment seriously harmed by fifty-year old coal power plant Kosovo A, which is said to be Europe’s number one coal polluter. Given the fact that Kosovo has the fifth-largest lignite resources in the world, the government plans to replace Kosovo A by a modern 600 MW coal power plant. But this approach has encountered fierce resistance from environmentalists organised in the umbrella organisation Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development. They demand a shift in the state’s energy strategy, away from carbon-rich lignite to clean renewable energy resources. Recently, they have launched their No New Coal – Safer Future campaign and declared Kosovo “a nation at the forefront of the global debate over energy access and the role of fossil fuels versus cleaner energy.”
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Middle East and North Africa Region Assessment of the Local Manufacturing Potential for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Projects

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2012

Commissioned by the World Bank and carried out by Ernst and Young and the Fraunhofer Institute, this report assesses the local manufacturing potential for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) components in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The WB Clean Technology Fund. MENA Renewable Energy Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 30, 2012

This is a presentation from Mr. Mohab Hallouda (World Bank Energy Specialist) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Euro Mediterranean Energy Market Integration Project (MED-EMIP).

Solar Thermal Energy Act: Implications, Obligations and Benefits for Application (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 10, 2011

This presentation was done during the Montevideo Construction Fair by Mesa Solar, the organization promoting solar thermal energy in Uruguay. It aims at informing the participants about the legal and policy background that Uruguay is offering in order to support investments in the solar thermal sector.

World Bank Group Role in Supporting Solar Power (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 8, 2011

This is a presentation by Dr. Natalia Kulichenko-Lotz about the World Bank Group and the activities and projects it finances to boost the use of renewable energies all over the world.

The presentation explains the main financial instruments that the World Bank has put in place for the energy sector like loans, guarantees, the IFC (International Finance Corporation) debt and equity, the GEF (Global Environmental Facility), the CTF (Clean Technology Fund), carbon finance, the ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme).

South Africa: Solar Water Heating Strategy & Implementation Plan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 28, 2010

 household with solar water heater” Last November, South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) published the draft of an “Overall Recommended Strategic Framework”. The framework is to come into effect in April 2010. This strategy should help to equip 1 million households with solar water heaters by 2014.

South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2009

The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil the 2013 renewable energy target of 10,000 GWh, set out by the South African government.

Assessment of the World Bank/GEF Strategy for the Market Development of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 11, 2009

This report from 2006 gives a detailed assessment on the approach of GEF towards concentrating solar power development. In particular it looks into the GEF's Operational Programme 7 (OP 7) which deals with the development of technologies with low greenhouse gas emissions that are not yet commercial, but which show promise of becoming so in the future.

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