UNDP aims to ensure better delivery of sustainable energy services for Iraqi citizens, through the effective use of solar photovoltaic energy. This project focuses on improving the lives of the poor, especially in peri-urban and rural areas of Iraq and achieving quantifiable gains in the reduction of Green-House Gases (GHGs).
UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Iraq, national universities and private sector companies, aims to systematically review and address regulatory, legal and technical barriers to the promotion of clean, affordable and sustainable energy in Iraq. With technical support from UNDP, solutions to these gaps will be developed, including policy documents, technical standards or legislative reform.
The potential for emission reduction in Iraq has been demonstrated through catalyzing the application of solar power through pilot installations that can meet the energy needs of offices, small businesses, residences and municipal services. This was achieved through small-scale solar PV installations and utility-scale plants on- and the off-grid. The technical and economic potential for both utility-scale and on a distribution, level can be highlighted to support advocacy efforts promoting solar energy as an alternative, environmentally friendly solution to fossil fuels currently being utilized in Iraq.