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Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP)

28-30 May 2013 | Bandos Island, Maldives

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Highlights for Thursday, 30 May 2013

On Thursday morning, participants attended a joint energy and technical working group learning event on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program. Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank, moderated discussions on successful practices, the unique challenges of rural poverty, and rural functional markets. Representatives from renewable energy organizations in Kenya, Nepal and the Maldives shared their experiences generating energy in remote regions, highlighting specific challenges and lessons learned in implementing rural energy projects. Participants discussed their countries' best practices, challenges, and country-specific enabling environments.

Daniel Riley, Lead Specialist, Renewable Energy Policy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), then moderated a panel discussion on the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas. Panelists Joseph Nganga, Renewable Energy Ventures, Kenya, Thomas Pullenkav, Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) Foundation, India, and James Wakaba, Global Village Energy Partnership International (GVEP), shared their experiences in establishing renewable energy systems in remote areas. Participants discussed the role of social enterprises in the country context to address challenges in the rural sector, and how these can improve enabling conditions and develop markets.

In the afternoon, participants were taken to Villi-Male', an island located on the northern side of Male' Atoll, to visit one of six solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at the Muhyiddin School. Ibrahim Nashid, Renewable Energy Maldives (REM), presented on the "Six Island Solar PV" project, while Thanzeela Naeem, Maldives, presented on the environmental work done by a voluntary movement called Save the Beach.

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Delegates discussing the role of social enterprise and the provision of energy services in rural areas.
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Ismael Touré, Mali
Florence Richard-Quintanilha, African Development Bank
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Highlights for Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Gevorg Sargsyan, World Bank and Ahmed Saleem, Maldives
Shaanti Kapila, CIF and Makhbal Tumenjargal, Mongolia
Federico Querio, World Bank and Remon Zakaria, EBRD
Rizna Ahmed Rasheed, Maldives
Nasser Brahim, CIF Administrative Unit
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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2013

On Tuesday, participants from pilot countries, civil society, non-governmental organizations and multilateral development banks gathered for the opening of the fifth Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Pilot Countries meeting in Bandos Island, Maldives. The session was opened by Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives, who expressed confidence in the meeting's role to generate greater exposure of the Maldives' energy sector through the opportunities provided in sharing lessons. Patricia Bliss-Guest, Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit Program Manager, applauded the leadership shown by the Maldives in raising awareness about the consequences of climate change and in addressing its mitigation and adaptation challenges.

Pilot countries then shared updates on the preparation and implementation of their investment plans and projects, highlighting new developments, goals and factors contributing to or delaying project progress. In an "Ask the Expert" session, participants from new SREP pilot countries and reserve countries were invited to discuss their lessons learned and share experiences with the other pilot countries present.

After lunch, Zhihong Zhang, Senior Program Coordinator, CIF Administrative Unit, presented on the monitoring and project delivery of the SREP "pipeline," outlining the "traffic light" system used for monitoring project progress, and countries discussed possible reasons for, and actions to, address delays. Zhihong then provided an overview of the new Competitive Set Aside under the SREP, introduced by the CIF Administrative Unit. During the final session of the day, Patricia Bliss-Guest presented the proposed criteria and procedures for selecting the members of the SREP Sub-Committee.

Participants attended a dinner hosted by Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives.

Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
Patricia Bliss-Guest, CIF Administrative Unit Program Manager
Surya Kumar Sapkota, Nepal
Ashish Shrestha, IBRD
Participants attending the fifth SREP Pilot Country meeting.
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