Thematic Review of GEF-Financed Solar Thermal Projects (2001)

This paper reports the developments of four projects financed by the UN Global Environment Facility (GEF) in India, Morocco, Mexico and Egypt. The GEF chose those countries to develop solar thermal power technology as it has shown to be one of the most cost efficient options for renewable bulk power production, besides being the most cost-effective way of producing electricity from solar radiation.

The document reports the progress of these four projects, in order to see if they are indeed contributing to technology cost reductions or to other industry changes as expected under GEF’s Operational Programme 7 (OP7). The aim is to understand if there is any need to change or review the current project structure and which effects alternative approaches could possibly bring in terms of cost and market trends for these technologies.

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