100,000 Solar Houses (Gers) - National Programme for Providing Rural Areas with Electricity through the Utilization of Renewable Energy

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Last updated: 9 May 2018

The "100,000 Solar Houses" programme was launched in Mongolia in 1999 and closed in 2012. The main goals of the programme were:

  • Electrification of all households in rural areas through Solar Home Systems (SHS).
  • Development of Solar-Wind-Hydro-Diesel power hybrid system to meet electricity demand of livestock herdsmen’s households, villages, rural schools, hospitals, tourist camps, frontier posts, etc.

The SHS were subsidised through contributions from various bilateral donors over the course of its lifetime (2000-2012). More than 30000 subsidised SHS were sold to herder families by 2006. After the inclusion of the World Bank in 2006, 67000 more subsidised SHS were sold. The programme has also improved electricity distribution systems in 30 soums (districts), and installed hybrid systems to reduce the use of costly diesel in 15 soums. It has increased the electrification rate among nomadic herders from zero to 70%.


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