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Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP)

28-30 May 2013 | Bandos Island, Maldives

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Highlights for Thursday, 30 May 2013

On Thursday morning, participants attended a joint energy and technical working group learning event on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program. Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank, moderated discussions on successful practices, the unique challenges of rural poverty, and rural functional markets. Representatives from renewable energy organizations in Kenya, Nepal and the Maldives shared their experiences generating energy in remote regions, highlighting specific challenges and lessons learned in implementing rural energy projects. Participants discussed their countries' best practices, challenges, and country-specific enabling environments.

Daniel Riley, Lead Specialist, Renewable Energy Policy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), then moderated a panel discussion on the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas. Panelists Joseph Nganga, Renewable Energy Ventures, Kenya, Thomas Pullenkav, Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) Foundation, India, and James Wakaba, Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP), shared their experiences in establishing renewable energy systems in remote areas. Participants discussed the role of social enterprises in the country context to address challenges in the rural sector, and how these can improve enabling conditions and develop markets.

In the afternoon, participants were taken to Villi-Male', an island located on the northern side of Male' Atoll, to visit one of six solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at the Muhyiddin School. Ibrahim Nashid, Renewable Energy Maldives (REM), presented on the "Six Island Solar PV" project, while Thanzeela Naeem, Maldives, presented on the environmental work done by a voluntary movement called Save the Beach.

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Delegates discussing the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas.
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Ismael Touré, Mali
Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank
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Highlights for Wednesday, 29 May 2013

On Wednesday morning, pilot and reserve country representatives met to consider how to improve their country's enabling environments for renewable energy investments. Claudio Alatorre, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), presented on viable options for improvement. Gevorg Sargsyan, Program Coordinator, World Bank, urged participants to design a framework that covers renewable energy as well as energy efficiency and access, while being objective, comparable, actionable and context neutral. Participants were tasked with selecting the indicators and sub-indicators least and most desirable from proposed indicators that would best assess the enabling environments for investment in renewable energy technologies. Participants were then given the opportunity to report back on their findings within the four themes of renewable energy, cross-cutting technologies, energy access and energy efficiency.

During the afternoon, country representatives gathered in roundtables to assess their respective country's enabling environment for renewable energy investments, including laws and regulations, policies, institutions, and markets and incentives. Participants were tasked with a "country diagnostic exercise," discussing the areas in which SREP resources can enable them to enhance weak enabling environments, as well as benefit from strong enabling environments. After a first round of in-country discussions, countries then shared these experiences among each other in a roundtable discussion.

After these discussions, Inka Schomer, CIF Administrative Unit, presented on the SREP Results Framework, after which Mikul Bhatia, Energy Anchor Unit, World Bank, presented an overview of ways to define and measure access to energy. During a roundtable session, participants discussed ways of assessing the access impacts of generation and transmission projects working through a case study based on a fictional country. Bhatia suggested using one framework as well as the complementary approaches of quick estimation at project commencement, and actual measurement after implementation.

Gevorg Sargsyan, World Bank and Ahmed Saleem, Maldives
Shaanti Kapila, CIF and Makhbal Tumenjargal, Mongolia
Federico Querio, World Bank and Remon Zakaria, EBRD
Rizna Ahmed Rasheed, Maldives
Nasser Brahim, CIF Administrative Unit
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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2013

On Tuesday, participants from pilot countries, civil society, non-governmental organizations and multilateral development banks gathered for the opening of the fifth Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Pilot Countries meeting in Bandos Island, Maldives. The session was opened by Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives, who expressed confidence in the meeting's role to generate greater exposure of the Maldives' energy sector through the opportunities provided in sharing lessons. Patricia Bliss-Guest, Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit Program Manager, applauded the leadership shown by the Maldives in raising awareness about the consequences of climate change and in addressing its mitigation and adaptation challenges.

Pilot countries then shared updates on the preparation and implementation of their investment plans and projects, highlighting new developments, goals and factors contributing to or delaying project progress. In an "Ask the Expert" session, participants from new SREP pilot countries and reserve countries were invited to discuss their lessons learned and share experiences with the other pilot countries present.

After lunch, Zhihong Zhang, Senior Program Coordinator, CIF Administrative Unit, presented on the monitoring and project delivery of the SREP "pipeline," outlining the "traffic light" system used for monitoring project progress, and countries discussed possible reasons for, and actions to, address delays. Zhihong then provided an overview of the new Competitive Set Aside under the SREP, introduced by the CIF Administrative Unit. During the final session of the day, Patricia Bliss-Guest presented the proposed criteria and procedures for selecting the members of the SREP Sub-Committee.

Participants attended a dinner hosted by Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives.

Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
Patricia Bliss-Guest, CIF Administrative Unit Program Manager
Surya Kumar Sapkota, Nepal
Ashish Shrestha, IBRD
Participants attending the fifth SREP Pilot Country meeting.
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Related Links
CIF resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting provisional agenda

*SREP website

*Fourth SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 30 October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*Third SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 5-7 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

*Second SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 20 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*First SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 11 November 2010, Washington, DC, United States of America

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Pilot Countries, 1-3 May 2013, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events, 30 October - 7 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum, 24-25 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*2011 CIF Partnership Forum Proceedings - Production by IISD in collaboration with the CIF Administrative Unit

*Energy-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy

*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy

*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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