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Argentina - Renewable Energy in the Rural Market Project (English)

Ratings for the Renewable Energy in the Rural Market Project for Argentina were as follows: outcomes were moderately satisfactory, Global Environmental Objective (GEO) outcomes were moderately satisfactory, risk to development outcome was moderate, risk to GEO outcome was moderate, Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and Borrower performance was moderately satisfactory. Some lessons learned included: a large-scale renewable energy system project is a medium- to long-term effort that requires a design flexible enough to adapt to the changing conditions that may arise. Projects designed in a rigid manner and without much room for flexibility are likely to face greater obstacles as external (e.g., country risk) or internal conditions change, and experience considerable delays and additional costs in their efforts to adjust. Subsidies are a necessary component of rural electricity projects, being necessary to establish a sound system of rates and subsidies that minimizes economic distortions; they are also funded by secure sources. The eligibility criteria for populations and or regions to be provided with rural electrification projects should be clearly established at an early stage in keeping with the government's policy orientation. Safeguard issues need to be addressed thoroughly at an early stage and incorporated into the project design in order to minimize negative and or irreversible impacts. It is essential to disseminate among interested parties experiences of best practices and the benefits of renewable energy systems in order to develop effectively a renewable energy system (RES) market and achieve sustainable operation. Local resources, when technically qualified, offer the advantage of a better knowledge of the region and often have stronger incentives to perform well while photovoltaic (PV) and wind-power installations have a certain degree of technical complexity, the main challenge at the operational level is to provide effective maintenance and customer service in a market that is widely dispersed and often times located in rugged terrain. Innovative approaches tailored to each case, but often relying on local resources are necessary to provide an effective and low-cost service.

Details

  • Document Date

    2013/06/26

  • Document Type

    Implementation Completion and Results Report

  • Report Number

    ICR1336

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Argentina,

  • Region

    Latin America & Caribbean,

  • Disclosure Date

    2013/07/19

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Argentina - Renewable Energy in the Rural Market Project

  • Keywords

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Argentina - Renewable Energy in the Rural Market Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/341091468212377656/Argentina-Renewable-Energy-in-the-Rural-Market-Project