Infrastructure sharing in energy and digital development: takeaways from cross-sectoral cooperation

ict_day_card_1In many parts of the world, the sharing economy is ever-present for individuals, allowing them to use personal assets—for example, houses and cars—to their fullest potential. If you plan to be away for a period of time, why not rent your space for a few extra bucks?

Such a phenomenon exists in infrastructure economics, where the level of asset utilization matters for end-cost. As more consumers use the same infrastructure more frequently, the unit cost for all consumers goes down. Recent projects combining expertise from the World Bank’s digital development and energy teams demonstrate this.

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eC2: Zambia Off-grid Information Portal

Deadline: 29-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  Energy India

IFC seeks to hire the services of consulting firm to design an online, publicly available, one-stop information hub for the off-grid energy space in Zambia, of relevance to a range of off-grid technologies and business models. The portal will provide information on Zambia’s off-grid opportunity (including GIS and other data); policy and regulatory environment, including permitting and licensing processes, the tariff framework, applicable standards and specifications; financing and support options; and procurement of off-grid solutions. IFC does not intend to host the information hub over the long-term, but will develop and transfer the hub to the appropriate governmental agency in Zambia to manage and update the information hub on a regular basis to ensure that it remains relevant and accurate.

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eC2:Afghanistan Energy Study, Activity 2

Deadline:  03-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) energy

Objective: Based on a financial and economic analysis of different technology options, forecasted energy demand and energy resource potentials, the proposed activity will use proven methodologies to spatially identify and prioritize areas that should be electrified either: (i) by extension of the national grid, based on the national governments generation and transmission development plans (including plans for imports); or (ii) through the provision of decentralized energy systems such as mini grids (diesel, hybrid diesel-renewables or renewables -especially small hydro-) and individual systems (e.g. solar home systems and appliances). It will provide three main outputs: (i) capacity development by working closely with Afghan government ministries as partners; (ii) detailed short-term (less than five years) plan for five provinces that will consist of investment options based on detailed power sector planning in several provinces; and (iii) country-wide prospectus using the detailed provincial prospectus, describing detailed steps for how it could be extrapolated to a country-wide plan.

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eC2:Lighting Tanzania: Business Skills Training for Solar Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Deadline:  23-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Solar-street-lights-in-Guinea1

Objective: Lighting Africa, a World Bank Group program, seeks to accelerate the development of commercial off-grid lighting markets in Sub-sahara Africa as part of the wider efforts to improve access to energy. Lighting Africa is helping mobilize the private sector to build sustainable markets to provide the rural and urban poor in Sub-Saharan Africa with safe, affordable, and modern off-grid lighting. In Tanzania, given the large geographical size of the country and the dispersed population, off-grid energy is well positioned to play an important role in reaching the rural population. Lighting Tanzania program would like to scale up the adoption of solar technology through building the technical and business skills of SMEs engaged in the activities of installation, spare part sales, maintenance service and retail of quality-verified solar lanterns and solar home systems to enable them reach the rural population.The overall objective of the assignment is to train approximately 25 distributors/importers in Dar es Salaam and Arusha and 300 retailers/ sales agents in 6 zones (Arusha, Dodoma, Dar es salaam, Mwanza, Mbeya and Mtwara) to enhance their knowledge of off-grid solar products, business management and technical capacity. This will be achieved by providing training of business management courses and Lighting Global quality framework.

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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Energy Efficiency – and Learning from One’s Peers

China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Vietnam are critical for global climate action. Why? Among other reasons, because three-fourths of all new coal-fired power plants to begin operations before 2020 globally will be in these six Asian countries. Fostering more energy efficiency will be imperative in the countries’ efforts to adopt a low carbon energy path.

One initiative that supports efforts to scale up energy efficiency and clean energy – and lower greenhouse gas emissions – in these six countries is the Energy Transition in Asia program managed by the Energy and Extractives Global Practice.

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eC2: ANALYSIS OF CARBON TAX OPTIONS AND CARBON TAX INTERACTION

Deadline: 05-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Among carbon pricing policy considerations for Ukraine is the application of a carbon tax to complement the ETS, either through the development of a new taxation system or by improving the existing one with or without changing its current sectoral coverage. In order to assess the impact of carbon tax as a pricing mechanism on the Ukrainian economy, a macroeconomic model will be developed. The study should take into consideration the interaction between carbon taxation and ETS and be coordinated with ongoing technical work in Ukraine with respect to developing an installation-level GHG emissions monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system (also supported by the PMR project).

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eC2: SCOPING STUDY ASSESSING THE ENERGY ACCESS SPACE IN AFGHANISTAN AND DEVELOPING A PROGRAM

Deadline: 02-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) energy

Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the potential to develop an energy access program exploiting renewable sources, focused on two market sectors: i) solar lighting devices (solar lanterns and solar home systems, SHS) and ii) solar water heaters (SWH) based on sound market intelligence. It includes development of an initial concept for a SHS program with the purpose of developing a functioning market for supply, after-sales service and financing of such systems for the electrification of off-grid areas in Afghanistan. It is expected that the consultant will assess the current market conditions from the supply side (i.e. solar equipment and micro-finance providers) and the demand side, i.e. consumers. On the supply side, information should be gathered through stakeholder interviews and field visits whereas for the consumer side, a detailed market intelligence survey is expected to be conducted (household level, suggested 1,600 interviews). Based on the data collected, the consultant is expected to develop an initial concept for a SHS program.

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eC2:Guinea-Bissau : Feasibility study for the development of utility-scale solar PV with storage

Deadline:  10-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  scaling+solar+main+banner

Objective:  The objective of this assignment is to carry out a feasibility study for the development of up to three utility-scale solar PV plants with battery storage, combined or separate, with a total installed capacity of 20-30 MWp to provide additional lower-cost generation and improve grid stability. The feasibility study is the centerpiece of Phase I of a potential two-phased assignment composed of: Phase I – Feasibility study, and Phase II Project design and tendering. The consultant will provide the optimal portfolio of solar PV plants taking into account technical, solar resource, environmental and land constraints. The assessment will focus on the technical, commercial and institutional aspects required to develop a sustainable project, including potential sites around Bissau-city, interior and southern regions.
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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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