The Chad Energy Access Scale Up Project (PAAET), supported by the World Bank, aims to help Chad boost electricity access from about 6% to 30% by 2027. It will support electrification via grid and mini-grids in cities and urban settlements, whereas standalone solar systems will provide electricity access in rural areas. Solar home systems (SHS) will play a major role in achieving the project access target. It is planned to electrify about 1,000,000 households via SHS.
Private suppliers will be invited to bid for supply and sale of SHS in selected regions of the country. The lowest bid will be awarded with a contract for Results-based Financing (RBF) subsidies.
To test the model and kick-start the market, the first procurement round will be limited to 60,000 SHS, split into four lots of 15,000 SHS, with each lot covering a geographical zone of the country. This procurement round is planned be launched in October 2022. Based on the results of this procurement, the business model can be adjusted for the subsequent procurement rounds.
The World Bank invites interested SHS companies (local and international) to a consultation meeting to discuss the details of this initial procurement round and obtain feedback prior to finalizing the bidding documents.