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Overall Update

A public announcement of selected projects was made at the IRENA Annual Assembly in January 2017. The fourth cycle will bring a total of 31.7 MW of capacity online and projects will receive a combined USD 44.5 million from ADFD. Please visit the Projects Selected page for details.

Fifth Cycle Updates

    USD 50 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries - Call for applications

  • NEW: Fifth Cycle Webinar for Applicants available
  • Fifth Cycle opened on 11th November 2016 for submission of renewable energy projects in developing countries for funding. See here for the press release. If you are a potential applicant, please Register, Login and apply. Please visit the How to apply page for details.
Fourth Cycle Updates
  • On 18 April 2016, a new cooperation agreement was signed between IRENA and ADFD which enhances support to the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. See here for the press release.

The deadline for applications for the fourth cycle was Monday,15 February 2016 (17:00 Abu Dhabi time). In total, 79 applications from 43 countries were received and evaluated.

Regions represented:

Region No.
Africa 38
Asia 14
Islands 14
Latin America 10
Europe and others 3
Total 79

Technologies represented:

Technology No.
Solar 32
Biomass 14
Hydro 10
Hybrid 9
Wind 8
Geothermal 3
Ocean 3
Total 79

Private/public sector balance:

Type of Organisation No.
Private or NGO 61
Semi-Governmental 14
Governmental 4
Grand Total 79
  • By May 2016, 23 executive project summaries in 23 countries were shortlisted. These shortlisted applicants were called upon to submit a full project proposal.
  • By December 2016, applicants are informed if they have been selected for funding.
  • A public announcement of selected projects will be made at the IRENA Annual Assembly in January 2017.
Third Cycle Updates

A webinar for the third cycle applicants who have been selected at the executive summary stage took place on 3 June 2015. The webinar was to assist applicants with the Full Project Proposal form.

A public announcement of selected projects was made at the IRENA Annual Assembly in January 2016.

Third cycle projects announced:

The third cycle will bring a total of 11.6 MW of capacity online and projects will receive a combined USD 46 million from ADFD.


Second Cycle Updates
  • On 18 January 2015, five projects were selected for funding in the second cycle and were publicly announced to the media.
  • The five projects will receive a total of USD 57 million. The projects to be financed have a combined total capacity of 35 megawatts, bringing reliable and sustainable power to more than 280,000 people in rural communities that currently lack access to modern energy services.
  • See Projects Selected tab for detailed information about the selected projects.
  • Region # Projects
    Africa 10
    LAC 5
    Asia 4
    Islands 3
    Total 22
    Technology # Projects
    Solar 10
    Hybrid 4
    Bioenergy 3
    Hydro 3
    Geothermal 2
    Total 22
First Cycle Updates
  • On 19 January 2014, six projects selected for funding in the first cycle were publicly announced to the media.
  • The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) sent loan agreements to each of the projects selected.
  • Selected applicants are progressing with bilateral arrangements on the ADFD loan agreement, including looking into tendering and procurement requirements of the ADFD.
  • See Projects Selected tab for detailed information about the selected projects.

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