Catalysing the use of solar photovoltaic energy

Project Summary

solar panelsTo catalyse the adoption of solar power in Iraq © UNDP/2014

Iraq is highly dependent on fossil fuels to generate power which, despite recent improvements, does not meet peak demand. Private diesel power generation has grown significantly to meet the gap.

Fuel used for domestic power generation denies Iraq the opportunity to export that fuel. The project catalyses the adoption of solar power in Iraq, both on and off-grid, to: a) reduce Iraq’s dependence on fossil fuel; b) result in direct GHG reductions of approximately 741,622 tonnes CO2; and c) help provide reliable power to the Iraqi people to support development and a better standard of living.

The project also aims to support the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity in the establishment of large, utility-scale PV plants, primarily by providing technical and investment support.

What we have achieved so far

Bytti solar development in NajafBytti residential development, Najaf © UNDP Iraq/2014

The project is targeting residential-scale units (a few kilowatts) as well are utility-scale units (several megawatts). In particular, it facilitates the installation of 5 MW in aggregate of residential-scale PV generation capacity through the Bytti residential development in Najaf, Iraq.

Funding information



Agency Amount in US$
UNDP TRAC 165,200
GEF 2,227,273
Government 22,750,000
In-kind 50,000
Other 10,000,000
Total 35,192,473    

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