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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Benin Energy Plus

What we are doing

According to the latest statistics around 40% of Benin’s total population has access to electricity, with deep disparities between urban and rural areas. While around 65% of Benin’s urban population has access to electricity, only around 18% of its rural population did as of 20191. Those that are connected to the grid also face poor quality of service, including power cuts and voltage fluctuations. As such, rural electrification has been a policy priority for the Beninese Ministry of Energy. The government has set a target of 65% rural electrification by 2025. Given Benin’s low population density and the low purchasing power of its rural population especially, electrification through grid expansion can be challenging.

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How we are tracking

- Number of attendees from local governments and other relevant stakeholders who were made familiar with information, opportunities and requirements of the PPP models and carbon crediting for implementation of solar PV interventions. - Connections established with number of investors and/or donors - Number of platforms that made the toolkit available in the public domain for other project owners to use the resources, tools and knowledge to further enhance energy access projects implementation - Number of PPP toolkits with carbon credit considerations developed on Energy Access projects based on Solar PV - Number of projects conceptualized with PPP financing model including carbon credit considerations from the TAP anchor project

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What we are achieving

In collaboration with project partners, ICLEI will develop a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Toolkit and capacity building modules that will assist local beneficiaries to better unlock potential for knowledge transfer - such as modern technology transfer, effective management, and technical skills. The tailored training, building on local needs and capacities, offered for public sector beneficiaries, as well as the developed toolkit, will ensure that even beyond the end of the proposed project, they will be better informed and equipped to create and effectively participate in PPPs. The potential return on investment from the revenue enabled through carbon credits will also provide compelling arguments for investors, and can further boost developing bankable projects using PPPs. Moreover, the improved understanding of these benefits, conditions and structuring of PPPs, is expected to incentivize the private sector to invest in innovations that increase sustainability of energy access projects financed using this model in Benin.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Equitable and people-centered development
  • Low emission development
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