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WB Solar Initiatives
In 1992, the World Bank (WB) launched an Asia Alternative Energy Unit (ASTAE). Then, in 1994 the WB launched a general Solar Initiative. This has helped a number of such projects, e.g., two programs received a total of $150 mill. in Indonesia for solar home systems & mini hydro; Sri Lankan Energy Services Delivery (see page no. 6-7) ; nine demand-side management / energy-efficiency programs; 13 renewable-energy and seven energy efficiency programs under preparation for 1998-99. This shows that it is possible to use large international loans for small-scale local energy solutions. Still, there is a long way to go before WB energy-sector lending gives an equal share to people living outside the reach of electric grids.
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