Promotion of small hydropower based mini-grids for a better access to modern energy services in Central African Republic

Lead country

Central African Republic

Participating countries

Central African Republic

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 20, 2018 to June 20, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  2. 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Project ID: 5680

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy access


  • Type: Off-grid, mini-grids
  • Resource: Hydro
  • Electricity access


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery


  • Finance economy
  • Capacity building
  • Law regulation


  • Impact assessment
  • Energy finance
  • New/other financial schemes/mechanism
  • Awareness raising
  • Community capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


This project aims to promote investment in small hydropower-based mini-grids to provide electricity services to the rural areas and formulate an appropriate business model that will ensure the sustainability of mini-grids based on small hydropower development in the country. It will do so by leveraging almost $ 16.7 million in multilateral and private sector financing over its five-year implementation period. Over the same period, 4 small hydropower stations will be developed to supply electricity services to an equal number of villages through mini-grids for income-generating activities and household/community use. Energisation of the villages will result in generation of some 39,770 MWh of electricity over the project timeframe and an annual generation of 14,535 MWh will be sustained over an expected 25-year projected life of the installations. This, in turn, will result in avoiding 35,000 tonnes of CO2 during the 5-year project period and 13,000 tonnes of CO2 thereafter annually over the remaining almost 21-23 years of the equipment useful life. Finally, over the 25-year projected lifetime of the equipment, 327,250 tonnes of CO2 will be avoided.


To promote investment in small hydro-power (SHP) mini-grids and develop an appropriate business model for the sustainability of the provision of rural energy services. .

USD $2,730,000

Grant amount

USD $24,158,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,730,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Central African Republic

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