Solar Pumping 101: the what, why, and the how

solar-pumping-handbook-1Access to a safe, sustainable water supply is a growing concern in every region of the world. In many communities, groundwater is being pumped by diesel fueled systems, which are both expensive and can be difficult to maintain. In communities where electricity is scarce, solar can be a part of the solution.

The highest demand for solar pumps is among rural off-grid areas, currently underserved, or served by costly fuel-driven pumps. Solar pumping is most competitive in regions with high solar insolation, which include most of Africa, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; but the technology can operate successfully in almost any regions of the world.

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Off-grid bringing power to millions

solar-energyPicture an island in Bangladesh that is so remote that there is no way the traditional electricity could reach it. Not now, and probably not anytime soon. That was the situation in Monpura just a few years ago – but not today.

Today, Monpura is thriving, thanks to solar power. Markets are abuzz, households can power TVs, fans and even refrigerators, and streets are lit up at night. In fact, solar home systems have helped take electricity to more than 20 million people in rural Bangladesh.

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eC2: Variable Renewable Energy Integration and Deployment

Deadline:  22-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Renewable-energy

Objective: The assignment has five objectives: (i) Analyze the technical and commercial constraints present in the dispatch system through discussions with NTDC and CPPA, and recommend specific improvements that could be implemented to increase the flexibility in the grid of the future generation and by adapting the current utilization of the installed generators; (ii) Analyze the actual and forecasted electricity demand and planned generation to provide technical inputs to the least-cost planning; (iii) Support and train the planning team (NTDC) in running a thorough least-cost planning tool that can integrate the variability of solar, wind and hydro as well as price ancillary services; (iv) Identify and propose specific changes to the energy market to increase flexibility in the system and price ancillary services looking at Energy Purchase Agreements (EPA), grid code requirements and ancillary service market; and (v) Build the capacity of the Client agencies to continue and further build on the analysis following the completion of this assignment.

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eC2: Post of Short Term Consultant (STC)- Energy and Water Advisory

pexels-photo-831890.jpegDeadline: 18-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: STC will require to do: Business Development and Client Support: data analysis, industry research, brand engagement of the Textile sectors in India, Sri Lanka and other countries as required and support the IFC business development efforts including negotiations with clients and acting as the client relationship manager; for selected projects/markets, undertake project preparation activities (e.g. feasibility studies) in order to support the development of projects which can be presented to the private sector for investment; Support the team to establish and maintain quality client relationships to ensure responsive client service and enhance new business opportunities; Maintain a good knowledge of IFC work programs to ensure timely delivery of tasks. Track project timetables, provide feedback and help with project team coordination. Perform various project related searches and prepare reports and respond quickly to queries from management and staff.

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Guarantees light the way for clean energy through renewable auctions

What is a common thread between Argentina, Maldives, and Zambia? In each of these countries, the World Bank provided guarantees to support transparent auctions for renewable energy. Through these, I have seen how the Bank’s involvement helped increase private investors’ confidence, attract world-class developers, and ultimately reduce tariffs.

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PLSO Energy Sector Mission 2017: ‘Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development’

The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Energy Sector Mission 2017 with the theme ‘Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development’ attracted more than 80 energy organizations from eight different countries interested in the work International Financial Institutions do in the Energy Sector. The PSLO Energy Sector Mission 2017 was jointly hosted by the following organizations: Alberta Canada, the Embassy of the Netherlands, Advantage Austria, Business France, ICEX and the World Bank Group.

PSLO Mission 2017

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eC2: Preparation of PPP Implementation Guidelines for the Transport, Energy and Industrial Park Sectors

Deadline: 19-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: Support will be provided to the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation and line ministries to prepare sector-specific implementation guidelines for PPP projects in three sectors/ areas: i) energy, ii) transport, and iii) industrial park development and management.

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eC2: West Bank Solar – Legal Consultant

Deadline: 25-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) is expected to be appointed as Lead Transaction Advisor to support the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources energyAuthority (“PENRA”) in attracting private sector participation through a competitive tender for the construction and operation of 3-4 grid-connected solar PV plants (with a cumulative capacity of 15 to 25 MW) in the West Bank on an IPP basis (the “Project”). Accordingly, IFC is looking to appoint an international legal consultant (the Consultant) to (i) conduct full due diligence to identify and advice on any legal, regulatory, and policy issues that may affect the implementation of the Project; (ii) support in marketing the Project to investors and prepare tender documents as well as all required legal documentation to execute the Project; and (iii) assist in the negotiation as well as evaluation and selection of the winning bidder.

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The Neighborhood Battery System: Conserving Energy and Reducing Emissions in the Netherlands

EnergyElectric cars are so popular in the Netherlands that it would not be uncommon, say, for a
Tesla to roll up as a taxi outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Though charging stations are not yet ubiquitous, it is not difficult to find them in Dutch communities, parking lots, and along the streets.

To reduce carbon emissions, national and local governments are taking various approaches—and, thus, electric cars, solar home systems, and energy-efficient solutions for buildings are booming in Europe. Cities like Amsterdam are front and center of this transformation. For instance, Netherlands has an ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80–95 percent by 2050 compared with 1990, making it an ideal venue for a Smart Cities Tour earlier this year, where  a group of 26 representatives, including national and municipal officials and World Bank project teams, to learn from the Netherlands’ successful experience in energy sector transformation.

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eC2: Improving the Electricity Tariff Regulatory Framework in Honduras

Deadline:  05-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

The objective of the assignment is to support the GoHN, in particular the regulatory body CREE, to develop multiyear tariff methodologies and draft the regulatory framework to set retail electricity tariffs, distribution and transmission (D&T) charges/tariffs based on efficient cost components and fees. The methodology and regulation should include i) an automatic adjustment mechanism for D&T components, as well as to reflect changes in power purchase costs, and ii) cover the main process for the D&T companies to periodically submit the tariff application and for the regulatory entity to review and approve.

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