SEAF pilot phase: Summary of interventions

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Support to the National Photo-Voltaic Programme (NPVP) 

The NPVP combines a credit facility to households or small business for the purchase of PV systems with a quality control and maintenance service. High financial costs of credit management and a passive role of the private sector are major difficulties detected in the execution of the NPVP.  Increase the performance and effectiveness of the NPV programme by:

* Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of management procedures;
* Increasing the private sector participation
* Reduce customer's cost to credit and increase customer satisfaction. 
* Streamlined administrative and financial management procedures;
* Reduce both credit costs and reaction time to maintenance and services provision
* A simplified and transparent hardware evaluation procedure; * Improved marketing programme.

Integration of Solar PV Technology into Rural Electrification 

 Experiences from several pilot projects show that current rural electrification policies are rapidly eroding potential markets for solar PV services. Highly subsidised rates of grid electricity create competitive pressures against the solar PV option at the community level.  Undertake a market barrier-removal effort designed to assist the Energy Commission at the Ministry of Energy to develop a subsidy reform package and an energy service concession structure to secure sustainable markets for solar PV service providers.  Provide sufficient information and analyses to enable policy-makers take decisions on:

* What subsidies (type, magnitude and beneficiaries) are needed to eliminate market distortions;
* Designing an energy-service concession structure and process that correspond to a sustainable market for solar PV in rural electrification.

Supporting Energy Policy-Making under Sustainable Development 

 Within the context of the Caribbean Energy Action programme (CEAP), partially supported by the UCC, the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE) is assisting Jamaica on the formulation of a long-term energy policy strategy.  The intervention covers the final phase of a participatory, objectives-oriented planning process aimed at incorporating sustainability objectives into energy policy formulation and decision-making.   Design an implementation of a long-term energy strategy including specific programmes to:
* Promote the development of new and renewable energy sources;
* Encourage energy conservation/efficiency on the supply side as well as demand side management.

Revamping Jatropa-oil Multifunctional Platforms 

 A number of Jatropha oil powered multi-functional platforms have been installed in Mali. Low levels of organisation combined with poor management practices and limited local technical capabilities have resulted in a low performance of the platforms.   Strengthen the institutional context to enable jatropha-oil multifunctional platforms to:

* Operate on a continuous basis
* Decrease reliance on external assistance
* Become replicable on a significant scale
* Improve the capacity of village associations for management and accounting procedures
* Establish links between village associations and suppliers of services in main cities
* Disseminate findings at national level
* Identify sites of interest for potential replication

Implementation Guidelines for Off-Grid Electrification Policies 

 The Government is committed to increasing access to electricity through levelling the playing field between grid and off-grid electrification. The Electricity Act however focuses on grid electrification. Various issues regarding the modalities of off-grid electrification requires urgent attention.   Design strategic measures to ensure that government off-grid electrification activities result in a sustainable electrification development. These measures will include establishment of a regulatory framework, subsidy policies, concession policies, and service standards, among others.   * Guidelines for the implementation of off-grid electrification policies;
* A short-term strategy procedures for immediate off-grid electrification plan;
* Raise awareness among stakeholders on implications of off-grid electrification issues.

Facilitating Development of a Sustainable Biomass Energy Strategy 

 Development of a national energy policy is underway. Despite the importance of biomass in the national energy balance (94% of total consumption), there is no comprehensive biomass strategy. Needless to say, the biomass resource is being depleted at a higher rate than production.   Design a plan for developing the national biomass energy strategy and establish a framework for effective co-ordination and collaboration among key actors primarily Departments of Forestry and Energy.  * Methodology on development of a national biomass energy strategy is developed;
* Framework for institutional co-ordination is designed;
* Awareness among stakeholders is raised.

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