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Access to Sustainable Energy

The World Bank Group focuses on increased access to reliable power for all citizens, scaling-up renewable energy generation, and promoting energy efficiency. It works to strengthen the institutional capacity and governance of power utilities to achieve improvements in financial and operational performance, and leverage private finance for power sector development. The World Bank Group actively supports regional electricity trade and improving access to realize national and regional economic benefits. Investing in renewables and energy efficiency will result in significant reductions in green house gas emissions and climate benefits.

$ 2.89 billion committed (IBRD/IDA)

$ 0.68 billion disbursed

Commitments are the sum of amounts of financing that the World Bank has committed to support lending operations towards achieving the objective of (fill in title of objective). Disbursements are the sum of financing spent by operations towards achieving this objective.

Results indicators


  • Innovation in Solar Power and Hybrid Technologies

    The development objectives of the Innovation in Solar Power and Hybrid Technologies Project for India are to demonstrate the operational and economic feasibility of utility scale innovative renewable energy (RE) technologies and battery energy storage solutions (BESS), and to strengthen institutional capacity to facilitate scale-up of such technologies on a commercial basis in India. The project comprises of two components. The first component will support investments in innovative RE technologies and BESS. The second component is technical assistance, capacity building, implementation support, monitoring and dissemination.

  • Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project

    The development objective of the Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project for India are to increase the transmission capacity of electricity network in the state of Jharkhand and strengthen the institutional capacity of state-owned power transmission and distribution utilities. It has three components. First component, Intra-state transmission system strengthening will support the state transmission utility, Jharkhand Urja Sancharan Nigam Limited (JUSNL), in making priority investments in the following two areas: a) Construction of new substations and associated transmission lines, and b) Strengthening scheduling, dispatch and communication systems; Second component, Technical assistance for institutional development and capacity building of JUSNL will continue to build upon the institutional development activities undertaken during project preparation and support implementation of following key activities: a) Improving the organization structure and Delegation of Financial Powers (DoFP), b) Strengthening the project planning, procurement and contract management practices, c) Strengthening FM framework, d) Automating internal business functions like inventory management, payroll management, human resource management etc., e) Appointing Project Management Consultants (PMC) to assist in supervising and monitoring sub-projects under Component 1 of the project; f) Building staff capacity through training, workshops, knowledge exchange visits etc.; Third component, Improving operational efficiency and developing institutional capacity of Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) build upon the institutional development activities undertaken during project preparation and support implementation of JBVNL’s action plan to reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses, improve revenue management systems and reduce power procurement costs through following activ

  • India Energy Efficiency Scale-up Program

    The development objective of Energy Efficiency Scale-up Program Project for India are to scale up energy savings in residential and public sectors, strengthen Energy Efficiency Services Limited's (EESL) institutional capacity, and enhance its access to commercial financing. The Program consists of the following activities for FY 2018-2022, in EESL’s overall corporate investments program: Results Area 1) Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency (EE) Market Transformation in the Residential Sector, aims to Scaling-up EE delivery in the residential sector under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for All (UJALA) Program, focusing on LED bulbs, tube lights and ceiling fans; Results Area 2) Energy Savings and EE Market Transformation in Public Street Lighting, aims at delivering investments in EE public street lighting, under the SLNP Program; Results Area 3) Development of Sustainable Business Models in new EE Market Segments, aims at supporting up-stream program development and incorporation of technical, environmental and social sustainability elements into the design of the new initiatives, such as air-conditioning, agriculture demand side management and Buildings EE Program, which require additional preparatory work before sustainable scale-up; but expressly excluding the actual capital investments for such new initiatives; and Results Area 4) Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable EE Scale-Up, aims at strengthening and developing the institutional capacity of the Borrower, especially with respect to financial, technical, managerial, procurement, environmental and social capacity and practices.

  • Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project

    The objectives of the Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project are: a) to increase the supply of electricity to India's national grid through the addition of renewable, low-carbon energy; and b) strengthen the institutional capacity of the borrower with respect to the preparation and implementation of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable hydropower projects. There are two components to the project. The first component is construction of the 444 MW Project in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India; and the second component is support to capacity-building and institutional strengthening at THDC India Limited, the developer of the Project.

  • North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project

    The development objective of North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project for India is to increase the delivery of electricity at the boundaries of the power distribution network in the participating states in the North Eastern Region. This project has two components. 1) The first component, Priority Investments for Strengthening Intrastate Transmission, Subtransmission, and Distribution Systems, will include priority investments for strengthening and augmenting the intrastate transmission, sub-transmission, and distribution networks by upgrading old and constructing new 220 kilovolt,132 kilovolt, 66 kilovolt, and 33 kilovolt lines and associated substations in each of the six participating states. 2) The second component, Technical Assistance for Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening (CBIS) of Power Utilities and Departments of Participating States, will provide support for capacity building of power utilities and departments across the six participating states.

  • Partial Risk Sharing Facility in Energy Efficiency

    The objective of the Partial Risk Sharing Facility for Energy Efficiency (PRSF) Project is to assist India in achieving energy savings with mobilization of commercial finance and participation of energy service companies. This project consists of two components. The first component supports establishing and operating the Facility to provide Sub-Guarantees to Sub-Financiers and developing energy efficiency markets through end-to-end solutions and measurement and verification (M&V) activities. The partial risk sharing facility for energy efficiency is managed by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), funded from a Global Environment Facility (GEF) contribution and backstopped by a Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Guarantee, in the form of contingent finance. Component two supports technical assistance, capacity building, and operations support comprising, among other things, the following activities: i. Carrying out market development, Project management, awareness building, and outreach to beneficiaries and stakeholders. ii. Undertaking legal due diligence and dispute resolution involving Sub-Projects. iii. Developing and maintaining the Facility?s website and online presence; a management information system; and other reporting systems. iv. Developing standard appraisal and transaction documents, reporting templates, energy efficient guidelines, strengthening Project report generation, capacity building and training, and online support. v. Providing technical assistance and capacity building for Participating Financial Institutions, Energy Service Companies, and Beneficiaries. The above two components are designed to strengthen the market-driven energy efficiency ecosystem conditions necessary for addressing EE market barriers and development objectives identified in Section II. Both SIDBI and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) are leading institutions

  • Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project

    The development objective of the Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project for India is to increase solar generation capacity through the establishment of large-scale solar parks in the country. The project has two components. First component, shared infrastructure for solar parks will cover financing for shared infrastructure, such as, access roads, water supply anddrainage, telecommunications, pooling station inside the solar parks and transmission lines connecting these internal pooling stations to the external substation that may or may not be at the periphery of the park, feeding into the national or state grid. The scope of investments covered will depend on the modality and approach adopted by the respective selected state for developing the solar parks. While some states intend to provide a full range of infrastructure services to the selected private-sector developers, others intend to provide only pooling stations to facilitate internal evacuation. In most solar parks, project developers or generators will be responsible for the interconnection of each plot in the solar park with pooling stations, using suitable voltage for underground or overhead cable. Second component, technical assistance will provide capacity -building support to Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), the SNAs in the states where selected solar parks are located, and the selected state PIAs, which will include the State Nodal Agency (SNA) and/or Joint Venture (JV) companies or state agencies across the participating states. Specifically for the state PIAs, although their role and mandate is growing rapidly to meet the Government of India’s ambitious renewable-energy targets, they have limited capacity and experience to deliver on these mandates.

  • Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program

    The development objective of the Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program Project for India is to increase installed capacity of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) and to strengthen the capacity of relevant institutions for GRPV. The program environmental objective (PEO) is to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the displacement of thermal energy with solar energy. The operation supports the government’s rooftop solar PV program. By increasing the availability of debt financing and improving the capacity of institutions, it will expand uptake of GRPV in the country. The program addresses the barriers to accelerated GRPV installation. It also allows the consumer to internalize the positive environmental externalities of solar power and thus encourages GRPV installation. Climate finance has been used in this operation to buy down the interest rate of rooftop PV loans to early movers in the market. The clean technology fund (CTF) committee has approved United States (U.S.) 125 million dollars to co-finance this GRPV program.

  • Andhra Pradesh 24X7 Power for All

    The development objective of Andhra Pradesh 24X7 Power for All Project for India is to increase the delivery of electricity to customers and to improve the operational efficiency and system reliability in distribution of electricity in selected areas in Andhra Pradesh. This project has four components. 1) The first component, Power Transmission System Strengthening, aims to make priority investments in 220 kilovolt (kV), 132 kV, 66 kV, and 33 kV transmission and sub-transmission lines and associated substations, to strengthen and augment the power system. 2) The second component, Smart Grid Development in Urban Areas, aims to identify and develop a number of selected cities across India as Smart cities. 3) The third component, Distribution System Strengthening in Rural Areas, aims to support strengthening and augmentation of the distribution network (33kV and below) and construction of the High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) in rural areas. 4) The fourth component, Technical Assistance for Institutional Development and Capacity Building, aims to improve the project management capabilities and commercial performance of the Andhra Pradesh distribution utilities by: (i) improving Information and communications technologies (ICT) systems; (ii) improving the business processes; (iii) supporting supervision of contracts through Project Management Consultants; and (iv) building staff capacity through training, workshops, and study tours.

  • Second Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform DPL for Rajasthan

    The development objective of Second Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform Development Policy Loan for Rajasthan for India are to support the turnaround of the electricity distribution sector in Rajasthan, by (a) strengthening the governance framework, (b) enhancing policies to restructure its finances, and (c) improving its operational performance. This operation is the second in a series of two Development Policy Loans (DPLs) that supports the Government of Rajasthan (GoR)’s program for the turnaround of the distribution sector in Rajasthan under the 24x7 Power for All (PFA) program. The World Bank has recently also prepared a Rajasthan-Inclusive and Sustained Growth Report, which confirms the importance of freeing up resources from power sector subsidies toward higher priority spending on human and physical capital accumulation.

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