Promoting sustainable electricity generation in Malian rural areas through hybrid technologies

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From January 12, 2017 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  2. 8.4 Improve resource efficiency, decouple growth and degradation
  3. 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Project ID: 4903

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy access
  • Renewable Energy


  • Electricity access
  • Type: Off-grid, mini-grids
  • Resource: Diesel hybrid
  • Resource: Solar


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Innovative approaches


  • Governance
  • Capacity building


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Awareness raising

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 8.4 Improve resource efficiency, decouple growth and degradation
  • 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Mali has a high renewable energy (RE) potential, especially for Solar, Hydro, Wind and Biomass/Biofuel. However, it is estimated that current RE installed capacity represents only around 3% of conventional electricity generated, or about 12 MW. One of the objectives of the PEN is to increase the share of renewable energies to 10% penetration in the countrys energy mix by 2015.In spite of on-going efforts by the Government and development partners (WB, AfDB, UNDP and AFD) to promote rural electrification and solar PV, there has been no significant involvement of private operators in the sector up to now. The sector faces numerous problems and barriers, which cumulatively make risk profile of Solar PV-based mini grids much higher and less attractive than any conventional power generation project. These barriers are enumerated below.


Optimize the electricity generated from multifunctional platforms (MFP) for productive energy use by increasing the share of renewable energy (RE) and developing an appropriate business model for a sustainable hybrid PV/MFP system.

USD $1,223,744

Grant amount

USD $24,047,393

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($1,223,744)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Mali

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