Senegal: Rural Electrification
On December 20, 2016, Ci-Dev signed an emissions reduction purchase agreement (ERPA) with the rural electrification agency in Senegal, l'agence sénégalaise d'électrification rurale (ASER), for the purchase of certified emission reductions (CERs) to be generated through end 2024.
ASER is coordinating a nationwide rural electrification program whereby private companies win and operate concessions allowing them to construct and maintain new electricity connections for rural households. These connections can come in the form of new grid connections or off-grid technologies (like solar PV mini-grids or solar home systems). Ci-Dev revenues will fund a connection subsidy that will be delivered directly to households in the form of a 'cash voucher.' Households can present these vouchers to the private concessionaires in order to pay for part of the initial costs to switch to cleaner electricity supplied by the new connection. The concessionaire then takes the voucher to ASER for reimbursement, with funding coming from Ci-Dev.