Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020

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  • The off-grid solar sector has expanded into a $1.75 billion annual market serving 420 million users over the past decade and continues to grow.
  • As the sector matures and productive use of off-grid solar solutions such as solar water pumps, cold storage and other products servicing public institutions become natural expansion areas, companies are increasingly focused on its financial sustainability.
  • To achieve universal access to electricity by 2030, the off-grid solar sector would need to serve as many as 132 million households, which in turn would require between $6.6 billion to $11 billion in additional financing.

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eC2: INDIA: Due Diligence for Installing Floating Solar Project in Omkareshwar Reservoir, Madhya Pradesh

Deadline: 25-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Madhya Pradesh, the central state of India, has been in the forefront to contribute

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significantly towards promotion of clean energy solutions in the country as well as globally. To take such initiatives forward, Government of MP through its agency Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMS) – has requested the World Bank to support them on new technologies such as floating solar. On request of the Government of India, World Bank is already supporting Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), under Innovations in Solar Power & Hybrid technologies project, to invest in early demonstration projects but with an objective to also build a robust pipeline of such projects while developing the policy and regulatory ecosystem. As part of deepening the market for floating solar projects in the country, engagement with MP will be an important step. This is specifically important as lack of experience in deploying several of these technologies in India, and globally, at scale is considered as a major constraint by various developers, financiers and other stakeholders.
World Bank will support RUMS and Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation (NHDC) in exploring potential of floating solar project in one of the states water bodies Omkareshwar Dam in Khandwa district of MP.

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eC2: Solar Competitive Bidding – Technical Support Substation and Solar Park Selection

Deadline: 28-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)scaling+solar+main+banner

Objective: The assignment objective is to provide technical support to the Government of Vietnam to select the substation where there will be the minimal impact if solar PV where to be connected as well as provide a list of investments/upgrade needed to integrate such VRE projects. 2.2 Outputs: The Consultant shall be responsible for delivering the following tasks. All outputs (reports, ppts) will be provided in English and Vietnamese. The Consultant will need to be highly flexible in meeting the government as the data will not be given to him after contract signature.

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eC2: Kosovo Solar Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant

Deadline: 28-Oct-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueone

IFC has been retained as lead transaction advisor by the Government of Kosovo to procure the development, construction and operation and maintenance of 50 MW of utility-scale solar PV power on a PPP basis (the Project). As such, IFC is procuring a technical, environmental and social consulting firm (or consortium) to advise on the Project. The assignment will be split in to several phases and is expected to include: initial assessment of the potential site; review of grid code and development of the PPA technical limits schedule; detailed site studies, including ground investigations, grid integration studies and E&S scoping; and support to the tender process (e.g. tailoring of technical specs, prequalification evaluation, bid evaluation). The Project may also include an element of battery storage. Engineering firms should consider partnering with E&S firms to strengthen their E&S offering. Use of local partners for ground investigations and local E&S expertise is also recommended.

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eC2: Small Scale Solar PV Portfolio: Assessment of battery storage options

Deadline: 11-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

Locating smaller, utility-scale facilities closer to population centers can reduce reliance on long transmission lines that are vulnerable to damage during storms. It also means that if one facility goes down, others are still able to operate. This strategy of developing decentralized generation has already been utilized in more developed economies and is particularly relevant in areas that are prone to natural disasters. Batteries can provide backup power in the case of outages caused by storms and help utilities meet spikes in power demand. IFC is assessing the development of small solar PV sites and assessing whether battery storage could be included as part of the solar PV plants to offset the intermittency and provide other benefits. This consultancy is focused on the analysis of the battery storage options.

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eC2: Stock-Taking of Health and Education Facilities Energy Needs and Design of Solar-Powered Service Solutions in Burundi

Deadline: 26-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Burundi has over 900 health centers and more than 1,400 secondary and vocational maxresdefaultschools, out of which the majority is not electrified. The World Bank seeks to hire the services of a firm to i) take stock of the electrification status and overall energy use of Health and Education Facilities in Burundi and ii) to design standardized solar-powered service packages to meet their current and future needs. The assignment should assess a representative share of those unelectrified facilities. A particular emphasis will be put on ways to ensure maintenance and operation of the systems, as one of the big challenges for long-term project success.

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eC2: Solar PV generation at Central de Abastos, Mexico

Deadline: 18-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Determine viable Business Models for the establishment of a photovoltaic energy solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueonegeneration project at the Central de Abastos in Mexico City. This project will include the installation of solar panels and internal interconnection, as well as connection to the public network in common areas (existing ceilings and current roofless parking areas) with the objective of generating clean energy.

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eC2: Technical Assistance for Business Model Design and Ecosystem Support for Entrepreneurs developing Solar Pumping/Irrigation solutions in Egypt

Deadline: 28-May-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The assignment has 4 components: 1) Facilitating Partnerships for Developing New Renewable-energyBusiness and Financial Models by engaging with a select number of entrepreneurs, financial institutions, end-users (farmers), other stakeholders, to co-create innovative business and financial models, to help unlock the growth of the off-grid PV market in Egypt in the agriculture sector. 2) Build Capacity of Select Banks Interested in PV , by working with banks which would have stated interest in engaging directly with the market/farmers on a pilot basis. 3) Strengthening the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Providing by providing support to 6 8 advanced PV entrepreneurs (existing solar / PV firms) with the objective of designing a program that is relevant to the needs of entrepreneurs at this level. 4) Exploring Opportunities with Early Stage Investors to support or develop early stage finance mechanism(s) to deploy capital targeting firms innovating in the off-grid PV market. Continue reading

eC2: Egypt Solar Auction, West Nile – Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant

Deadline: 04-May-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) solar-wind (CC0) Pixabay-Kenueone

Accordingly, IFC is looking to appoint a technical and E&S consultant to support on the 200MW first round of auction. The consultant will be required to (i) conduct technical, commercial, and environmental and social due diligence on the Project; (ii) support in auctioning or tendering the Project; and (iii) assist in the evaluation and selection of the winning bidder up until commercial close.

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Assessment of engagements in financial services for basic service delivery (solar, water and education)

Deadline:  18-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) World Bank building

The objective of the research is to assess the extent to which CGAPs efforts were successful in influencing and contributing to the development of early applications of digital payments for the delivery of services such as solar energy, education and water in developing countries. The assignment will consist of an in-depth review and assessment of the CGAPs influence in the off-grid solar energy sector, and a more limited assessment for the education and water industries. The research will include a mix of secondary and primary research.

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