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GEF Emergency Program for Solar Power Generation and Lighting
The general objective of this GEF project is to support the country¿s emergency responses to the Port au Prince earthquake of January 12, 2010 by providing autonomous energy and lighting using solar applications.

Project Detail



Project Number


Approval Date

March 16, 2010

Project Status


Project Type

Investment Grants





Lending Instrument


Lending Instrument Code




Facility Type


Environmental Classification

Likely to cause minimal or no negative environmental and associated social impacts

Total Cost

USD 2,000,000.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 1,500,000.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 500,000.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
GRT/FM-12093-HA Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar IADB/GEF Trust Fund Grant
Operation Number GRT/FM-12093-HA
  • Lending Type: Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: IADB/GEF Trust Fund
  • Financial Instrument: Grant
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